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Black Culture Fest: A Celebration of the African Diaspora is an annual Oakland Public Library effort, now in its third year, coordinated by OPL staff who happily and proudly share the brilliance and strength of their heritages. Check out some of the events coming up below:

Feb 1 – Feb 28: Exhibit: Black Superheros in Comics

Feb 5th: Black Culture Story Time

Feb 10th: Our Truth, Our Style, Our Voices: Youth Poetry

And so much more!!!


Volunteer Opportunity

Children Rising is in great need of reading tutors to help elementary school children achieve literacy through our Succeeding by Reading program!

No experience is necessary; we supply training and teaching materials. Our tutors work one on one with students from under-resourced Oakland area schools who’ve been identified by their teachers as reading below grade level. The time commitment is 2 hours every week during school hours, as a part of an onsite tutor team. A staff member oversees each team and provides ongoing support.

Two upcoming trainings:

  • Thursday, January 6, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, January 19, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Apply online or email volunteer@children-rising.org to learn more.

Community Events
The Oakland Public Library is kicking off Winter Bingo, a fun family literacy game recommended for kids ages 0-14. The game begins December 18, 2021. You can play by visiting your local library, to collect a Winter Bingo card (or download and print one), OR register online using your Beanstack account.
This winter is special because everyone who completes the program will be entered into a raffle to win one of 17 Oakland Ice Center Family Fun Packs!
Upcoming Programs for Families:

Youth Creative Writing Opportunities 

Chapter 510 and the Department of Make Believe has two new fantastic youth creative writing opportunities to share. There are limited slots available.
Please share widely with any teachers, educators and youth who might be interested. There will be digital story telling,  creative writing, and community art. Participants receive a $500 stipend upon completing.
Register here for Oakland Belonging
Register here for Whispering to the Air
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