Oakland, CA – To commemorate the centennial of the Golden Gate Branch Library’s opening in 1918, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) invites all residents to a series of free events in October to celebrate Golden Gate Branch’s rich history and influence. The celebration concludes with the Golden Gate Centennial Block Party on Saturday, October 20.
Carnegie Library History Night | Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 6:30 PM
Join two local history experts, Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson, for a fascinating talk on the legacy of nineteenth-century industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the Golden Gate Branch. Discover how Carnegie’s generosity established the role of free public libraries in America, offering men, women and children from all walks of life the opportunity to freely access a world of knowledge.
Golden Gate Trivia with East Bay Yesterday | Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 6 PM
Join us for trivia night, hosted by Liam O’Donoghue from the local history podcast East Bay Yesterday. Test your Oakland history knowledge – and neighborhood history - and celebrate 100 years of the Golden Gate Branch.
Golden Gate Centennial Block Party | Saturday, Oct. 20 | 12-4 PM
Join us for an afternoon of celebration, food, music and fun. Learn about neighborhood organizations and their work, meet neighbors old and new, and add to a communal art project.
The Golden Gate Branch is one of four buildings currently used by OPL that were funded by Carnegie. These include Golden Gate, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (formerly the Charles Greene Library), Temescal Branch and Melrose Branch. AAMLO turned 100 in 2002, Melrose celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017, and Temescal’s centennial celebration will be this December.
OPL is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the Centennial Block Party on October 20. Job responsibilities may include setup/breakdown, decorating, guests/vendor liaison and more. Interested? Email Sara DuBois at firstname.lastname@example.org.