OPL Invites You to Contribute to Exhibit: 2024 Shrine of Broken Hearts

purge painful memories, tell your story, help others heal, and start fresh

Has your heart ever been broken? 

Once a year we collect the objects of your broken hearts and put them on display at the Main Library. It's an annual pop-up museum of your broken heart nostalgia.  Why might you contribute?  

This is a great opportunity to:

  • purge painful memories
  • tell your story
  • help others heal
  • start fresh

You can visit objects from previous years on our website and we hope you'll contribute to this year's display! Do you have memorabilia you'd like to share? 

If you'd like to donate an object to the Broken Heart Shrine, please bring it to any Oakland Public Library location by Saturday, February 10th and include the following information:

  • your name
  • the title of the object
  • the story of the object
  • if you'd like the object back or would like us to burn it (metaphorically)
  • your contact information (if you'd like the object back)

If you'd like to submit a digital object, please email along with the above information to smckellar@oaklandlibrary.org.

We'll celebrate the shrine and your broken heart at the Main Library with a launch party on February 13 at 6:00pm where we will also welcome on-the-spot contributions.

Stop by to visit the shrine beginning February 14. 

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