The Feasibility Study team hosted our first Community Workshop on July 13th at the East Oakland Boxing Association, which was an incredible host! The event was super fun and allowed us to get to know the community members better. The Director, Tonya Allen shared EOBA’s work being done to improve the lives of young people, and the workshop participants were enthusiastic about sharing their vision for a re-imagined Oakland Main. The community workshops and the feasibility study serve as a way to organize and build power around a collective vision. We conducted an interactive design exercise, “The Main Library Experience”, where we responded to prompts with themes that addressed the prompts, followed by words that addressed the themes, then we used the themes and words to illustrate images in a frame that we displayed in a gallery walk.
How can we create an experience at the Main Library so that it represents Oakland’s authentic identity?
How do you want to feel when you walk into the library?
How can you find and/or support the people you feel most comfortable with?
What are some of the reasons you don't use the library and what would make you use the library more?
Our Feasibility Team partners from the San Francisco Urban Film Festival conducted interviews with several of the participants, which will be used throughout the campaign to envision a new Main Library. We also recorded videos where participants responded to the question, “That would be cool if…” You can record your own response on Zoom with an OPL Zoom background by downloading HERE. Respond to the prompt, send us a copy, and share it on social media!
Visit the Oakland Main Feasibility Study site for more information and to sign up for updates. Share with your family friends and neighbors! www.oaklandca.gov/topics/oakland-main-library-feasibility-study. You can follow us on instagram and Facebook @oaklibrary!