We’ve launched our community outreach and stakeholder engagement campaign for the feasibility study for a new Hoover Branch Library and are super excited to hear from you! Your voices, stories, and advocacy is essential in transforming the community into an even more vital and livable place for all residents. Please share the news and consider ways that you can contribute through your participation! Sign up for updates!

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The first major step towards the return of a dedicated branch library to this historic residential community. The Feasibility study will be a community-inclusive process, will document your vision and create an enduring plan that respects cultural legacy, while scribing a pathway towards new futures.

Can you believe the Hoover neighborhood once had two library branches! One was called the North Oakland Branch Library located at 3424 San Pablo Avenue near Hoover Middle School, which opened in 1888, and another called the Telegrove Branch housed in a small storefront at 34th and Grove (MLK, Jr.) Streets, opened in 1930. Our last branch library for the neighborhood disappeared in 1971 leaving many in the community longing for a new branch ever since!

WE NEED YOUR STORIES!
WE NEED YOUR STORIES!

Join us for the Hoover Branch Library Storytelling Workshop; the first in a series of public events in support of a new cultural and educational facility in the community. Sharing your stories and experiences will inspire and shape the design of the future branch library.

The 3-hour workshop has two highly interactive segments. In the first, participants will become familiar with the four main components of a story— Story, Audience, Message and Style (SAMS). Keith Battle from BAVC Media will lead the discussion and together we will analyze a few short videos on the impact and importance of branch libraries using the SAMS rubric. In the second half, participants will join small break-out groups led by a professional local filmmaker and generate unique storylines or simple storyboards using the SAMS rubric about what a new branch library means to you and your community. Lunch will be served. SIGN UP NOW- SPACE IS LIMITED!!

Girl with toddler reading

“In 2013, NCPC Beat 6X residences decided to “bring our library back”. Today, Friends of Hoover Durant Public Library is a vital community resource, along with our volunteer members, are committed to Bringing our Library Back!!”

— Alternier Baker Cook, Chair FoHDPL

EARLY IDEAS

The new Hoover Branch Library was imagined as a place for stories, for community, for documenting history, and imagining the future. The new branch will ensure a balance of library space and service needs for area residents. From our initial outreach and community engagement efforts, we heard that residents want:

  • A destination to convene a wide range of residents
  • A space which provides access to information and materials throughout the system-at-large
  • A place that sparks neighborhood revitalization and defines the community as a source of pride
  • A resource that transforms hopelessness to empowerment and vision

In terms of the physical attributes of the facility, community members would like:

  • A 12,000+ square feet building with a range of community-serving uses
  • A multi-functional space with classrooms, a kitchen, special event areas, and the most current technological amenities
  • A location convenient to area residents, i.e. parking, public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle access

Community Engagement

The storytelling workshop will be the first public engagement, but that’s just the beginning of a robust and comprehensive community engagement process, with input from young and old Oaklanders from the neighborhood to build an inclusive vision of an incredible community learning resource center! We want to hear from you to learn how the new Hoover Branch can best support the educational and social needs of Hoover and serve as a shining example of how the residents, the library system and the city of Oakland can work collaboratively to develop this vital asset.

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We need your voice!
We need your voice!