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OAKLAND―Golden Gate Library’s Commons Archive Launches Local Book Collection

September 21, 2019 @ 6:00 am9:00 am

Photograph by Dianne Jones.

OAKLAND―Whose stories are preserved and whose are lost? This large question is at the heart of Commons Archive, a neighborhood memory bank organized by cultural researcher and artist Sue Mark at North Oakland’s Golden Gate Branch Library.

Commons Archive is thrilled to officially launch the ‘Golden Gate Library Local Collection’. This new place-based reference series retains archival community resources within the neighborhood branch library. The ‘Golden Gate Library Local Collection’ presents materials that were, up until now, stored in basements, locked file cabinets and boxes.  These newsletters, journals, unpublished papers, articles, scrapbooks and reports bring together narratives of the dedicated efforts of neighbors and community-based organizations.

Featuring discussions with long-time residents and area historians, as well as performances by neighborhood musicians, the book launch celebrates and honors the diverse histories of this neighborhood. This family-friendly celebration includes hands-on activities to make your own memory book and book mark, delicious organic snacks by Phat Beets, North Oakland’s food justice organization and a special outdoor reading room to experience the Golden Gate Library Local Collection.

September 21, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Branch Library

5606 San Pablo Avenue

Oakland, CA

The library is wheelchair accessible. Street parking is available. AC Transit bus 72 stops at the library’s entrance.

For more information https://oaklandlibrary.org/events/golden-gate-branch/golden-gate-local-collection-book-launch or contact the library at 510-597-5023.

Commons Archive is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Project Grant.