Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit that will explore how the East Bay region mobilized for World War II, the mass migration that changed the area demographically, the industries that changed the area economically, and the social and political movements that sprung from the war years. The exhibit will feature historic documents, photographs, maps, posters, and other materials.

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014
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Memory Trace is an intergenerational public art project that took place at the San Antonio/Fruitvale Senior Center between the spring and summer of 2014. In order to build a bridge between the generations the basis of the project was to have young people spend time at the Center and interview senior citizens. Working with students from ARISE High School and the Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Group, Memory Trace compiled interviews that were transformed into a comic book. The exhibition consists of the comic book, original drawngs, paintings and stories gathered by the youth and seniors.

This event is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.

Please join us for an opening reception on Tuesday September 30th at 5pm.

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Retired Architect, David Bolanos, shares snapshots from the Past, Present and Future of Lakeview Branch Library and surrounding areas.

Mr. Bolanos used to live on Merritt Avenue and has fond memories of Lakeview Branch Library.

Join us in celebrating Lakeview and the surrounding beautiful areas, through the artistic vision of Library Advocate, David Bolanos.

Where: Main Library
When: Monday, September 22, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs of 20 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who were able to turn their lives around after 10 to 20 years in prisons and jails. The project hopes to provide positive role models to people being released from prison, and to challenge the notion that people involved in crime cannot or will not change. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the stigma and barriers that most of the formerly incarcerated face.

The Main Library is hosting a satellite display of four select photographs, and the subjects’ stories, in the lobby hallway on the first floor.

We hope that you’ll be inspired to attend the full photography show starting on October 16th at Oakland City Hall in the third floor atrium.  Please contact Mana Tominaga, (510)238-6611 if you have any questions about this display. 

(The Welcome Home Project is a program of Community Works West, an Oakland based nonprofit that engages youth and adults in arts, education, and restorative justice programs to interrupt the impact of incarceration.)