Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Sunday, April 3, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016
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The Emeryville Historical Society has mounted an exhibit relating the story of the Golden Gate district. Sandwiched in between West Oakland, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the neighborhood has seen many changes over the years. The exhibit will showcase the district's development from its early days as Klinknerville, to the thriving business district of the 1950s, and the rapid changes of the 1990s. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Oakland Main Library.

When: Friday, July 1, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016
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The library’s volunteer photographers display a few of their favorite shots. You read about these great events every month in our calendar – come see them captured in beautiful photographs.  Six library locations are represented in this inspiring collection.  Visit and find out if your branch is among them

Where: Main Library
When: Friday, July 1, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: the Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S young people. The show brings with it the specter of struggle youth maneuver in order to (re)claim space to carve out the complexities of their identities. Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional and offers a unique glimpse into the the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities and build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these pieces is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.