Friends of the Oakland Public Library Awards $215,000 to the Oakland Public Library for Fiscal Year 2018-19

September 13, 2018

The Friends board approved grants totaling $215,000 to support library programs for the next year. Grants pay for materials and supplies that are not funded through the Library’s regular budget. Friends’ grants enhance library services by making these purchases possible.

The board is grateful to 1000 members and other donors, volunteers and Bookmark Bookstore customers and book donors for making this support to all Oakland libraries possible.

Children’s Services, $20,000 — program performers and supplies.

Teen Services, $41,000 — Youth Poet Laureate (scholarship and other support), Ready, Set, Connect!, Youth Leadership Council, and other programs.

Adult Services/Outreach, $18,500 — Adult programs, supplies for outreach programming, OPL t-shirts for staff or volunteers for outreach visibility.

Branch Services/African American Museum & Library at Oakland, $52,000 – guest speakers, craft supplies, food for youth programs (after school snacks, extended storytime programs), film licenses for free public screenings, facility and furniture improvements.

Community Relations, $24,000 – Annual Report, volunteer appreciation, promotional items for outreach events, support to expand promoting the services of the library.

Other Programs & Support, $59,500 –Funding for a 3rd year of the popular mini-grants program, Wi-Fi hotspots, scholarships for library staff pursuing their Masters in Library Science degree, staff hospitality and training, library director’s discretionary fund (for unforeseen needs), Tool Lending Library, Bookmark Bookstore gift certificates for summer reading and other prizes.

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September 19, 2017

At its September meeting, the Friends of the Oakland Public Library board approved grants to the Oakland Public Library (OPL) totaling $115,380. Without Friends of OPL’s support, many programs simply would not be possible. These include the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and Scholarship program, scholarships for library staff pursuing a master’s degree in library science, Children’s and Teen programs, and programming for all ages.

Director of Library Services Gerry Garzón presented a list of requested grants designated to help OPL advance its goals:

  • Reach more people where they are–Programming and outreach
  • Improve our physical spaces—Displays and signage; furnishings and landscaping supplies
  • Develop, retain and attract quality staff—staff scholarships and a fund for innovative mini-grants

Friends of OPL’s grants are made possible by members’ annual dues and proceeds from the Bookmark’s year around book sales. The board thanks all members, volunteers, book donors and customers for giving so generously.

Separately, the board approved grants representing gifts designated for specific purposes by donors: $25,000 for Children’s Programs, $1,375 for materials, and $1,125 for the Second Start Adult Literacy Program bringing FOPL’s support to the library this year to $145,000.

The “Get to Know Your Grants” articles in our quarterly newsletter provide updates to our members about how your donations support OPL.

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The Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) approved grants to the Oakland Public Library (OPL) at its September 14, 2016 board meeting.  Gerry Garzón, Director of Library Services, presented a comprehensive list of funding needs that were identified by staff with input from every library branch and unit.  The board approved discretionary grants of $125,620!

The following programs will be funded by FOPL during Fiscal Year 2016-17:

  • Youth Poet Laureate
  • Youth Leadership Council
  • Teen Author Series
  • Programming Supplement for Children’s Services (mini-grant program to provide consistent, rich program offerings at all locations),
  • Support for Adult and Teen Summer reading programs
  • Volunteer recognition
  • OPL Annual Report design
  • Staff hospitality and appreciation
  • Scholarships for OPL staff pursuing their library degree
  • Small furnishings and equipment for multiple locations
  • Mini-grants for innovative staff initiatives
  • Support for an initiative to make Children’s programs accessible and welcoming to families with children with autism: “Inclusive story time”
  • Craft programs for people with disabilities
  • New bike library
  • New library cards for a library card art contest planned for 2017
  • Bookmark Bookstore gift certificates for reading incentive programs

Separately, the board approved a grant  for research regarding a potential tax measure to benefit the OPL. During the year, the board also approved grants representing gifts designated for specific purposes by donors:

  • Children’s Literacy Programming Fund, for support of programs at all 17 OPL locations
  • Estate of Gertrude Snider Schiffman, for the Dimond Branch
  • New Sprouts Chinese School, for Children’s Programs at the Asian Branch
  • Second Start Adult Literacy
  • Ebooks
  • Oakland History Room

Discretionary and designated grants to the library totaled approximately $310,000.

“Thank you to over 900 members and donors, 50 Bookmark Bookstore volunteers, and legions of loyal customers who make these generous grants possible,” says FOPL President Ellen Moyer.

Editor’s note: The “Get to Know Your Grants” articles in FOPL’s quarterly newsletter, Off the Shelf, provides updates to our members about how FOPL supports the Oakland Public Library. Back issues are in our newsletter archive.

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September 30, 2015

The board of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library approved the Oakland Public Library’s request for grants. Thanks to the thriving Bookmark Bookstore and over 900 FOPL members and donors, the board approved grants totaling $170,000 for the following activities:

Systemwide – Collections, Outreach, Support for Staff and Volunteers — $46,250
• Enhance World Languages Collection
• Enhance “book discovery” by upgrading displays of books
• Adult Public Programs — honorariums, refreshments, supplies
• Adult and Staff Summer Reading raffle prizes
• Design services for OPL’s 2014-15 Annual Report
• Volunteer recognition – “mini-grants” for branch and unit recognition
• Scholarships for staff pursuing library sciences degree
• Staff appreciation celebration & Team Bike Challenge cycling caps
• Department Manager’s Retreat
• Tshirts for staff who do outreach at events
• Director’s Discretionary Fund

Systemwide – Services to Youth — $30,500
• Children’s Services tablet technology pilot – Phase 2
• Children’s Literacy Programming Fund
• Supplemental children’s programming “mini-grants”
• Library card wallets for preschool card drives and other outreach
• Supplies for “dramatic play” areas in Children’s spaces
• Youth Leadership Council
• Youth Poet Laureate 2016
• Teen Author Series
• Ready, Set, Connect! job training program – Youth Stipends

Branches & Main – Special Programs and Equipment– $25,250
• Screens, projectors, PA systems for public programs at 81st Ave., Montclair, Temescal, Children’s Services (shared among multiple locations)
• Pop-up shelter, picnic table and outdoor umbrella for Brookfield and Chavez
• Storytime carpets, storyhour cushions, lap reading chairs and book giveaway cart for Chavez, Eastmont, King and Main Children’s Room
• Sidewalk signs to promote public programs at Lakeview, Melrose, Main
• Support for exhibit at AAMLO
• Teen Zone furnishings at West Oakland

Designated gifts for the following purposes– $68,200
• Children’s Literacy Programming Fund – designated donations and grants from the Herman Auerbach Memorial Fund Trust II, Wells Fargo, Fentons Creamery, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Stocker Foundation, East Bay Gives 2015 and others
• Second Start Adult Literacy
• Ebooks
• Dimond Branch
• Temescal Branch
• Asian Branch, Mori Book Fund
• Oakland History Room – bequest from Helen L. Knopp

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Each year FOPL donates over $100,000 to the Oakland Public Library in the form of grants, based on requests presented by the Library Director to the FOPL Board. FOPL grants pay for special programming and projects that make OPL a more responsive and innovative community resource. FOPL volunteers at The Bookmark Bookstore and over 850 members make this possible. Thank you!

On September 10, the FOPL board approved $174,000 in grants to the Library.

Services to Youth — $35,100
• Books for Wider Horizons 20th anniversary celebration
• Children’s Services tablet technology pilot
• Children’s Literacy Programming Fund for all 17 locations
• Supplemental children’s programming “mini-grants”
• Youth Leadership Council
• Youth Poet Laureate 2015

Branches & Main – Special Programs and Equipment– $12,555
• African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) – Support for Concert Program about the Hyers Sisters
• Brookfield, Montclair, Temescal – Projector screen, table top for programming
• Brookfield, Main, Melrose, Piedmont Ave – Pop-up shelters for outdoor library programs
• Chavez – Supplies for children’s programming, replacement furniture for teen and adult areas (funded in part by gifts designated for the Chavez branch)
• Dimond – Storytime carpets
• Martin Luther King, Jr. – Storage for programming supplies
• Montclair – Shelving for children’s librarian’s workspace
• Temescal – Velvet stage curtain for performances

Systemwide – Collections, Outreach, Support for Staff and Volunteers — $48,750
• Internet access “hot spots” for check-out from East and West Oakland libraries
• Out-of-print DVDs requested by patrons
• Book bags for patrons to check-out
• Adult Summer Reading raffle prizes
• Promotional items for outreach activities
• Design services for Annual Report
• Volunteer recognition
• Scholarships for staff pursuing library sciences degree
• Staff appreciation celebration
• Director’s Discretionary Fund

Additional grants: a bequest from Helen L. Knopp for the Oakland History Room ($58,333), grants and donations for the Children’s Literacy Programming Fund ($18,775) and donations for Second Start Adult Literacy ($500).

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A busy year at the Bookmark Bookstore and strong membership support added up to a banner year for FOPL’s grants to the Oakland Public Library. FOPL’s 2013 grants total over $180,000 – a record! Fifty store volunteers and 850 members along with loyal shoppers and book donors make FOPL’s support possible. In addition, FOPL received a generous bequest providing needed funds for Children’s programming at all 16 branches and the Main Library Children’s Room.

Systemwide – $113,000
Children’s and Teen Services:
Children’s Services – made possible in part by the Herman Auerbach Memorial Fund Trust II and a generous gift in memory of Oakland resident Steven G. Reuss
Youth Poet Laureate Program
Youth Leadership Council – stipends
Training for computer volunteer docents (partnership with Community Technology Network)
Summer Lunch Program refrigerators at three branch locations

Adult Programs, Outreach and Support for Staff and Volunteers:
Adult Summer Reading raffle prizes
Bicycle locks for use by patrons
Community Relations: Annual Report, promotional items for outreach events and volunteer recognition
Staff recognition awards, hospitality fund, and training event
Registration fee for OPL staff to participate in the Association for Library Service for Children Institute in Oakland September 2014
iPad and other equipment to demonstrate ebooks and other digital services at outreach events
Second Start Adult Literacy
Scholarship Fund for OPL staff pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science degree
Innovative Public Programs Fund
Director’s Discretionary

Special Projects:
81st Ave Library Book Fund (final pledge payments from 2010 campaign)
Makeover Fund for renovations at Brookfield, Dimond and Montclair branches

Branches, AAMLO & Main – Upgrades to Public Spaces — $68,000
African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) — Upgrade to permanent exhibit and display banner light fixtures
Asian – Stacking chairs for library programs and chairs for general seating
Chavez – Stacking chairs and tables for library programs; expansion of book/media return
Dimond – Cabinet and related equipment for a new Seed Library
Eastmont – Furniture for TeenZone area
Elmhurst – Replace bookdrop; tables for special events and programs; magazine rack for teen materials
Golden Gate – Chairs for public computer stations; carpet to delineate the Teen space at this location
MLK, Jr. – Projector, DVD player and portable movie screen for programs; Sign/blackboard to promote programs; area rug for children’s room
Melrose – Two rugs, for Teen and children’s areas
Piedmont – Tables for programs and collapsible book trolley for outreach activities
Temescal – Toddler cooking range and chairs and sofa for chiildren’s area; chairs for public computer stations; folding tables for programs
West Oakland – Lounge chairs; meeting room tables (10); public computer stations; display bins and multimedia player/recorder for children’s programming
Main – TeenZone – New chairs to replace well-used furnishings (4)
Main – Children’s Room – Toddler chairs and soft pillows for window nooks
Main – Clean and refinish wooden chairs (20); motorized bookcart; new greeter station for the lobby and related improvements

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FOPL’s 2012-13 Grants to the Library
September 30, 2012

FOPL’s mission is to support the Oakland Public Library through advocacy, volunteerism and financial support. In keeping with the last of these roles, the FOPL board approved grants to the Library in the amount of $141,500 during 2012 (for OPL’s fiscal year 2012-13). YOU, our loyal members, make these grants possible each year through your membership dues, donations, employer matching gifts, and book donations and purchases. THANK YOU!

Branch and Main grants — $45,200
• AAMLO – Programming
• Asian-Reading chairs for patrons (10)
• Brookfield – Building kits for young patrons to work on building things together
• Chavez-All-purpose teaching cart for arts and crafts supplies
• Chavez-Seating for express area (3 stools)
• Chavez-Flat-screen TV for announcements; photos; “muted” videos
• Dimond-Shelf-top book boxes for Chinese cookbooks and Children’s area
• Elmhurst-Furniture for display in adult area
• Lakeview-Custom-built circulation desk and reference desk
• Lakeview-Magnetizer for branch office
• Main (M&N upgrade project)-Digital microfilm reader/printer
• Main (M&N)-California Birth and Death Index, 1905-2009, for genealogy research
• Main (Staff Conference Room)-Projector and screen
• Melrose-TV to present programs and films
• Melrose-Easel for dynamic storytimes
• Temescal-Shelving for three new sections: Arabic, parenting, transportation
• Temescal Tool Lending-Circulation work area anti-fatigue floor mat
• West Oakland-Exterior signage for 18th street side of building (no existing signage)

System-wide support – $37,600
• Adult and Teen Summer Reading prizes
• Children’s Services (Auerbach Memorial Trust grant)
• Circulating Canvas Bags-500 for Brookfield, Main Children’s Room, Eastmont
• Director’s Discretionary Fund
• Educational and learning tools to promote early literacy for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
• Library School Scholarships for OPL staff ($500 each)
• Oakland Public Library Annual Report (design and related expenses)
• Second Start Adult Literacy
• Supplement for Children’s Programming
• Youth Leadership Council (stipends, related expenses)
• Youth Poet Laureate (2012 program)

81st Avenue Library book fund (pledges from 2010 campaign) — $17,700

“Makeover Fund” – $41,000
Designated for branch refurbishment projects for three branches—Brookfield, Dimond and Montclair–over the next two years. FOPL funds will also serve as a match for a generous foundation grant that is available for these projects.

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September 30, 2011

The Friends of the Oakland Public Library Board of Directors approved grants to the Oakland Public Library for branches, collections and programs totaling $125,450. FOPL’s annual grants are made possible by you — our members, Bookmark Bookstore customers, book donors and volunteers. Thank you!

Branches –
Funding for collections, furnishings and programs at 8-12 branches $10,000
Specific branch projects will be determined by the Library. Watch FOPL’s Off the Shelf newsletter for information about projects as they are implemented.

81st Avenue East Oakland Community Library Campaign Gifts for collections $14,400
Piedmont Avenue Branch (donation from Citi) $5,000

Collections – Funding for e-books and other media to meet growing demand
Technology/e-books, e.g., foreign language $35,000
Technology/new media $30,000

Programs –
Children’s Programming, including Summer Reading $10,850
–Major support for Children’s Services is provided by the Herman Auerbach Memorial Trust.
Teen Summer Passport Program $5,000
Teen Youth Leadership Council $2,000
National Library Week $6,000
Library Staff Scholarships $1,200
Volunteer Recognition and Activities $3,000
Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War – support for a program sponsored by the African-American Museum and Library at Oakland $1,000
Director’s Discretionary Fund $2,000

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September 30, 2010

The Friends of the Oakland Public Library Board of Directors approved grants totaling approximately $156,000 during the past year. Thank you to our members and Bookmark Bookstore customers, volunteers and book donors for making these grants possible.

OPL Website Development Project – $22,000
OPL is transitioning to a Drupal database-level website, in order to allow for easier content management & updating by library staff.

Branch Library Grants – $12,000
Grants in support of the following 11 library programs and projects:
AAMLO: Missing volumes of Contemporary Black Biography
Asian: Multimedia Tabletop Display Unit
Brookfield: Literature Display Unit
Chavez: Teen Area Furniture
Dimond: Adult Wooden Library Chairs
Eastmont: Teen Area Furniture
Elmhurst: Children-sized Furniture
Golden Gate: Scarves, Lighting for Diwali, Annual Festival of Lights
Lakeview: Computer Table and Chair
Piedmont Ave: Adult Foreign Language DVD’s
Rockridge: Wii Gaming Equipment (Systemwide Use)

Main Library Magazine/Newspaper Makeover – $12,000
Grant to improve access and visibility of the Magazine and Newspaper collection.

Oakland History Room: Cabinet – $2,550
Grant to improve storage conditions of rare and fragile glass negatives donated to the collection.

Main West Auditorium: New Lectern w/ Microphone – $1,500

Grant to replace old/semi-functioning equipment used for library programs.

Director’s Discretionary Fund – $2,000

Hospitality – $3,000
Grant for food, beverages for meetings & events (Oakland has very limited funds for this type of spending).

East Oakland Community Library Campaign Gifts – $88,000
Thanks to hundreds of donors, the Friends helped the Library raise over $3 million for the new library.

Children’s Services — $13,785
Major support for Children’s Services is provided by the Herman Auerbach Memorial Trust.