César E. Chávez Branch

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Branch Address

3301 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA  94601
(510) 535-5620

Branch Hours

12:30pm - 8:00pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm

About the César E. Chávez Branch

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Click here to learn more about the history of Chávez Branch.

Chavez Branch has approximately 56,000 books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audio books, audiocassettes, and magazines and newspapers for all ages.

Our Spanish language collection is the largest of the system, with 18,500 circulating Spanish items. Also of popular interest is our Chicano reference and circulating collection. Chavez also has small Vietnamese and Chinese Adult collections.

The branch is equipped with sixteen (16) computers with Internet access for public use, and two (2) additional internet-only express stations.

Chavez Branch also has a Seed Lending Library. The Cesar Chavez Seed Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. Anyone is welcome to come in and check-out seeds. No library card is needed, just sign-out for them. We then ask that you let some go to seed after planting them and return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The best part is that there are no fines if you are unable to return the seeds!

Meeting Room

The meeting room has a capacity of 50 people. Tables, chairs, and a pull-down screen are available.

Currently on Exhibit

Arise High School Student Art Exhibit

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Art students from ARISE High School exhibit their art work starting at the end of September through the end of May 2014. Exhibit includes scratchboards, textural pieces, and others curated by art teacher Nils Heymann. Pieces will be rotating in and out of the exhibit all school year in the TeenZone and the meeting room.

On Display From

Wed, 09/25/2013 - Fri, 05/30/2014

Currently on Exhibit

The Estria Battle: Youth Mural Arts Exhibit

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An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

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The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

On Display From

Fri, 11/08/2013 - Fri, 11/07/2014

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Event Name Time
Chavez GameZone 3:00pm
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
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Lawyers in the Library / Abogados en la Biblioteca 4:30pm
Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Family Crafts / Arte para la Familia 3:30pm
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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Free Computer Help Available! 10:00am
Meet and Ride with author Elly Blue! 10:15am
Chess at Chavez 11:00am
Tight Knit & Crafts / El Grupo de Tejer y Manualidades 2:00pm
Family Dance Classes with Luna Dance / Clases gratis de baile para la familia 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Free Computer Help Available! 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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Bilingual Preschool Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingues 10:30am