Teen Advisory Groups

81st Avenue

Can't get enough of volunteering? Want to show off your leadership qualities (or get some)? The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens, led by teens, who want to participate in all things related to the 81st Avenue TeenZone. This includes designing and planning teen library events, mobilizing teens in community projects, and selecting and purchasing books, CDs, video games and DVDs for the library. 

To join the TAB, fill out a volunteer application and bring it into the TeenZone, complete 10 hours of volunteering, and show up for your first meeting. A commitment to showing up for monthly meetings is expected.

Meetings occur on the third Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:00 in the TeenZone. Snacks and music are provided. Space is limited, so apply early. Get involved with your library! For more information, contact librarian Susan Maldonado: smaldonado@oaklandlibrary.org, (510) 615-5823.


The Asian Branch Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets to express ideas, organize upcoming teen activities, and suggest new teen programs for the branch. They also help to choose library materials, and decorate the teen area of the library. TAB members can earn community service hours and meet new friends.

The Asian Branch TAB meets once a month of third Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Contact the Asian Library at (510) 238-3400 for more information.

César E. Chávez

Need community service credit? Want to make the library a better place for you and other teens? Want to make new friends? Join the Chavez Teen Advisory Board! We meet the first Saturday of every month from 11am - noon in the meeting room. Refreshments served. Contact Susy at (510) 535-5620 or smoorhead@oaklandlibrary.org for more information.


Do you want to have a voice about making the library a better place for teens? We want to hear from you! Join the Dimond Teen Advisory Board and get involved with library projects, help plan programs, meet other teens and earn community service credit. We meet once a month on Saturdays at 11:00am. Refreshments are always served. For more information, call Rebekah at (510) 482-7844.


The teen-led Rockridge Teen Advisory Board (TAB) advises the library on how to better serve teens. We also volunteer in the community while representing the library.

Some projects we have done include:

  • Bake sales to raise money for teen programs
  • Hosted video gaming tournaments
  • Created displays for the library lobby & TeenZone
  • Collected books for the Bookmark, the Friends of the Oakland Public Library bookstore
  • Volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen
  • Toured & made donations to the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Sponsored a teen art contest

The Rockridge TAB meets first Saturdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Snacks are served. Earn community service credit. Contact the Rockridge Library at (510) 597-5017 for more information.