81st Avenue Branch

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Branch Address

1021 81st Avenue
Oakland, CA  94621
(510) 615-5812

Branch Hours

11:30am - 7:00pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm

About the 81st Avenue Branch

The 81st Avenue Library opened on January 29th, 2011, after years of collaboration between the City of Oakland, the State of California, and Oakland Unified School District. Located on the site of ACORN Woodland and EnCompass Academy elementary schools, the 81st Avenue Library serves as a joint public/school library.

The collection contains over 30,000 items in English and Spanish languages, serving both the general public and nearby schools. The branch has 20 PCs for public use with Internet access and Microsoft Office 2007.

Currently on Exhibit

The Estria Battle: Youth Mural Arts Exhibit

Artist painting mural

An epic battle took place on the streets of Oakland this fall: The Youth Mural Arts Battle, a public art competition hosted by the Estria Foundation using muralism as a tool for creativity and social change. This year's theme: DREAM of JUSTICE.

For the first time during the annual Estria Battle, six youth organizations competed for the top prize alongside 16 adult artists from around the globe.

Beginning in November 2013, canvases from the Youth Battle will be on display at four Oakland Public Library branches citywide:

Main Library TeenZone  - Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles) - Winning Canvas!
Cesar Chavez Library - Visual Element (Oakland)
Eastmont Library - Ryse Youth Center (Richmond) & Get Active (Oakland)
81st Avenue Library - Cyphers (Oakland)

Oakland Library will also host monthly urban arts workshops for teens to accompany the exhibits. For information about the workshops, visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org/graffitiprograms

Now in its sixth year, the Estria Battle is the nation’s largest urban arts competition. This year’s contest brings the battle back home during Oakland’s annual Life is Living Festival hosted by Youth Speaks.

For general information call: (510) 238-7233

For locations and hours, click here.

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The Youth Mural Arts Battle is sponsored by Montana Cans, Art Alternatives, Purity Organic, Escape CamperVans, Klean Kanteen, Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. Contestants include: Visual Element (Oakland), Get Active (Oakland), Everyday Ritual (Los Angeles), CYPHERS (Phoenix), Precita Eyes (San Francisco), and RYSE Center (Richmond).

On Display From

Mon, 11/11/2013 - Fri, 11/07/2014

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Event Name Time
Family Dance Classes 1:00pm
Game Day 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Event Name Time
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs 2:45pm
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 11:00am
Teen Read Week 2014: Turn Dreams into Reality 1:00pm
Family Dance Classes 1:00pm
Game Day 3:00pm
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Event Name Time
Lawyers in the Library 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Event Name Time
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm