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Golden Gate Library After-Hours

Join us for a special Thursday evening ‘after-hours’ Commons Archive Open House at North Oakland’s Golden Gate Library! Historian and writer Susan Anderson talk about the East Bay Negro Historical Society, their impact on the Golden Gate Branch and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, as well as their legacy in Oakland.

Experience the Golden Gate Library Local Collection, a new place-based reference series, in specially designed reading chairs crafted from repurposed library furniture. Explore neighborhood stories in larger than life photo and text prints installed on library windows, hallways and even the elevator. Contribute your neighborhood memory to the project’s growing collection of community stories.

Enjoy local music from the library’s collection curated by The MERCER Brotherhood. Leo Mercer, a displaced North Oakland neighbor and rap-activist, will share an audio collage. Sounds from performances of the Golden Gate Library Summer Jazz Concert series will be mixed with local music and neighbor stories.

Organic refreshments provided by Phat Beets, North Oakland’s food justice organization.

Commons Archive holds in place the stories of those who have lived here and provides access to these stories for years to come. As neighbors continue to flow through the community, the archive will stand to preserve these memories. Commons Archive honors neighbors’ multiple roles as participants, narrators and creators of the many histories of this dynamically changing area. To learn more about Commons Archive, its past events and community partners, please visit www.commonsarchive.net and follow us on Instagram @commons_archive.

Organized by cultural researcher Sue Mark in partnership with Oakland Public Library’s Golden Gate Branch, Kala Art Institute and many community-based organizations and neighbors, Commons Archive is generously supported by the California Humanities for All program, The Creative Work Fund and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Erin Sanders (Manager), Golden Gate Library, (510)-597-5023, esanders@oaklandlibrary.org

Event Details

Date: February 13, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Golden Gate Branch Library
5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland