In March, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) will host three talks to examine and discuss the history of each respective branch. The dates and locations are:
- Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., Montclair Branch, 1687 Mountain Boulevard
- Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue
- Monday, March 31, 6:00 p.m., Brookfield Branch, 9255 Edes Avenue
Dorothy Lazard and Kathleen DiGiovanni, librarians from the Oakland History Room, will present the talks. Ms. Lazard will cover Brookfield Branch history and Ms. DiGiovanni will give talks at Dimond and Montclair branches. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about neighborhood libraries and their rich history. Out of all 18 Oakland Public Library locations, these three branches were chosen for special history events because they are each scheduled to undergo some improvements over the next one to two years. Funded by private donations, the interior improvements are expected to make these locations more welcoming to the public. As OPL looks ahead to improving its facilities, it is appropriate to examine each location’s past.