From the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign at Oakland Public Library. A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up.
Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library (via NPR)
Across the country #BlackLivesMatter is inspiring action and conversation. Thank you to the Oakland librarians who have compiled resources to support these conversations (all of which are available to view here; however placing holds on materials via the OPL catalog would require a library card).
Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series offers books, articles and videos to prompt discussion and action around:
These are incredibly valuable resources for teachers, students, parents, kids, community organizers, neighbors, and you. ❤
At San Francisco’s main branch public library, the homeless who congregate for warmth, entertainment and the use of public restrooms are approached not by security guards but by a city-employed psychiatric social worker. Leah Esguerra was hired by the San Francisco Main Library and the city’s Department of Public Health a year ago to provide outreach services to the homeless who frequent the library. Since she started, Esguerra has been able to transition 150 people to social services, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Public libraries are an incredible resource. Yet, a great advertising campaign for public libraries has never been done before. Why not?” asked Matt Spergel, President of TechForEducators.com. “How many more great books will be read? And how many lives will change as a result?”
TechForEducators.com claims the billboard is the world’s largest public library advertisement. The advertisement’s headline exceeds 41 feet and the call to action spans the length of the billboard at 48 feet. “As far as we know, the world has never seen a public library advertisement of this size,” Spergel said.
“Education cannot rest on the shoulders of teachers alone. Parents must also take more resposibility for the education of their children … and bringing them to the library is an important first step,” Spergel added.
The billboard is in Martinez, CA on I-680 south after the Benecia Bridge on the right-hand side.
Oakland Public Library Staff is picketing their library administration on July 1, 11 am to 1 pm. This is an informational picket to let the public know about numerous safety issues at the library that are not being resolved.
WHY ARE WE PICKETING?
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Outstanding Safety Complaints:
Two violent incidents in Oakland libraries so far this year make library staff feel vulnerable and understaffed. We are presently grieving administration’s lack of action on our safety complaints, but we don’t feel patrons and staff should have to wait for safety until arbitration.
Our safety is not taken seriously and to make matters worse, administration changed our break policy after 25 years in a way that is unlawful. We want our legal stacked lunch breaks restored! Don’t try to use labor law against labor.
Our Expired Contract: We are negotiating in good faith for our contract. The city has harassed our stewards, and city council recently voted in a labor lock-out with the new budget. Now it’s time to sit down and work out a contract that all working people in Oakland can live with.
Measure Q v. City Closures:
Oakland citizens agreed to extra taxes to keep libraries open six days a week. City Council just voted to shut us down for five days next year (apparently). We want a fair contract that respects both citizens and workers, and not one that puts the economic burden on one group alone – a group that includes library staff among other devoted public workers.
It Comes Down to Respect:
In the last six months, administration has flaunted Calpers rules and it’s own civil service policy. We are tired of favoritism and discrimination winning the day at the library. That’s why we’re fighting for fairness.