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César E. Chávez Branch
Branch Address3301 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
About the César E. Chávez Branch
Chavez Branch has approximately 56,000 books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audio books, audiocassettes, and magazines and newspapers for all ages.
Our Spanish language collection is the largest of the system, with 18,500 circulating Spanish items. Also of popular interest is our Chicano reference and circulating collection. Chavez also has small Vietnamese and Chinese Adult collections.
The branch is equipped with sixteen (16) computers with Internet access for public use, and two (2) additional internet-only express stations.
Chavez Branch also has a Seed Lending Library. The Cesar Chavez Seed Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. Anyone is welcome to come in and check-out seeds. No library card is needed, just sign-out for them. We then ask that you let some go to seed after planting them and return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The best part is that there are no fines if you are unable to return the seeds!
Meeting RoomThe meeting room has a capacity of 50 people. Tables, chairs, and a pull-down screen are available.
Currently on Exhibit
Art students from ARISE High School exhibit their art work starting at the end of September through the end of May 2014. Exhibit includes scratchboards, textural pieces, and others curated by art teacher Nils Heymann. Pieces will be rotating in and out of the exhibit all school year in the TeenZone and the meeting room.
On Display FromWed, 09/25/2013 - Fri, 05/30/2014
Currently on Exhibit
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 FromFri, 11/08/2013 - Fri, 11/07/2014
Currently on Exhibit
Honoring Our Women Weavers: Maya Paintings and Blouses / Honrando a Nuestras Tejedoras: Pinturas y Huipiles Mayas
This exhibit will showcase the artistry and culture of Guatemalan weavers and painters. We will also hold a series of programs each Saturday the month of March related to the craft of knitting and handcrafters. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday 3/1 at 1 pm! / Esta exhibición muestra la cultura y el arte de las tejedoras y pintores Guatemaltecos. Tambien habra una serie de programas cada sábado del mes de marzo relacionadas con el arte de las tejedoras y artesanos. ¡Por favor acompáñenos para la recepción inicial el sábado 3/1 a la 1 de la tarde!
On Display FromSat, 03/01/2014 - Wed, 04/09/2014
|Toddler Storytime / Horas de cuentos bilingües||11:15am|
|Free Computer Help Available!||1:30pm|
|Tax Assistance Program in English and Spanish / Ayuda Con Impuestos en Inglés y Español||10:00am|
|Tax Assistance Program in English and Spanish / Ayuda Con Impuestos en Inglés y Español||12:00pm|
|Free Computer Help Available!||10:00am|
|Chess at Chavez||11:00am|
|Sharing Stories of the Latina Experience: A Participatory Workshop / Compartiendo Historias de la Experiencia Latina: Un Taller Participatorio||12:00pm|
|Tight Knit & Crafts / El Grupo de Tejer y Manualidades||2:00pm|
|CREATE MUSIC WITH CODE||4:00pm|