Golden Gate Block Party

Original artwork by Mary V. Marsh

The Golden Gate Branch Library is turning 100 years old! 

Join us for an afternoon of celebration, food, music & fun. Learn about neighborhood organizations and their work, meet neighbors old & new, and add your part to a communal art project! 


Emcee Cathy Leonard: founder of Oakland Neighborhoods for Equity, Golden Gate Community Association board member, North Oakland neighbor

Blessing and honoring of ancestors with indigenous elder Lea Arellano

Live music with Golden Gate's own Sharon Vaughn, local youth musicians Genius Jazz Trio, Back In Session neighborhood band and more!

Printmaking with Kala Art Institute

Singalong and jam session with the Emeryville Senior Center music group

Make a custom wallet with Ace Monster Toys

Line dancing  

Free books and button-making with the OPL Bike Library

Mend your worn clothes or make something new at Swap-O-Rama-Rama

Neighborhood memory booth with Commons Archive

BBQ by master griller Mark Lasartemay, grandson of East Bay Negro Historical Society co-founders

Food from Aunti Frances' Self-Help Hunger Program

Former Black Panthers will talk about the BPP Self-Help Hunger Program and the Panthers' presence in North Oakland

Learn what's new with neighborhood organizations like PLACE for Sustainable Living, Arizmendi, Emeryville Senior Center, Charles Porter Rec Center, and more

Nissa Espresso & Gelato Bar

Want to learn more about our library and the Carnegie legacy? Come to a talk on Tuesday, October 2 (6:30pm) with local historians Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson. 

Test your neighborhood knowledge at Golden Gate Trivia on Tuesday, October 16 (6:00pm)! Hosted by East Bay Yesterday. 

Golden Gate Library centennial celebrations are co-sponsored by Commons Archive, a neighborhood memory bank that engages Golden Gate neighbors through their histories. 

Original artwork by Mary V. Marsh. 

Commons Archive is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Hass Fund that is also supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit  


Commons Archive is supported by a fellowship at the Kala Art Institute whose mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.



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Golden Gate Branch

5606 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 597-5023