Welcome friends and advocates for quality school libraries!
We are excited to share our commitment to ensuring that all Oakland Unified School District students have access to a quality school library.
Public school libraries and professional school librarians have suffered from budget cuts and continue to be at risk if funding does not improve. Many OUSD school libraries have been forced to close, collections have become outdated or unavailable to students and teachers due to lack of library staff.
Regardless of these challenges, the resources provided by a quality school library are paramount to success in reading, especially in disadvantaged communities.
Since 2009, twenty-four OUSD libraries have been updated, renovated and/or restored with the help of community volunteers under the direction of the OUSD District Librarian, Ann Gallagher.
We are delighted to add the library at Bella Vista Elementary to “Our Success Story.” The new Library and Information Technology Center (LIT Center) at McClymonds High School opened this fall after being closed for 9 years. FOPSL volunteers are currently working at Fremont High School to develop their LIT Center. Visit our Volunteer page for more information and how to get involved in this project.
Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries has participated in supporting, updating and providing volunteer services at Bridges Academy, La Escuelita and Parker Elementary.
FOPSL has updated and/or provided additional resources to the libraries in five OUSD Balance Literacy Cohort schools: Sankofa, Emerson, Redwood Heights,Think College Now and the newly remodeled library at Bella Vista, thanks to a grant from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries are dedicated to putting books in the hands of OUSD students, one library at a time.
Please visit the many pages on our website to learn more about who we are, what we do, where we are going and how YOU can help.
If you are interested in becoming part of the solution, please come join us!
Libraries Restored by FOPSL
- Sankofa Elementary School Aug 2009 – Sep 2009
- Madison Middle School Oct 2009 – Nov 2009
- Frick Middle School Oct 2009 – Feb 2010
- REACH Academy Elementary School Feb 2010 – Nov 2010
- Howard Elementary School Sep 2010 – Jan 2011
- Garfield Elementary School Nov 2010 – Mar 2011
- Grass Valley Elementary School Feb 2011 – Aug 2011
Fruitvale Elementary School Oct 2011 – Mar 2012
Cleveland Elementary School (primary grades library) Mar 2012
- PLACE @ Prescott Elementary School Oct 2011 – June 2012
- CUE @ Lockwood/Futures Elementary Schools Oct 2011 – June 2012
- Global Family Elementary School Nov 2012 – Jan 2013
- Rise Community/New Highland Elementary Schools Sep 2012-Mar 2013
- Melrose Leadership Academy K-8 Jan 2013 – May 2013
Brookfield Village Elementary School Sept 2012 – July 2013
Kaiser Elementary School May 2013-July 2013
Lafayette Elementary School Sept 2013
Madison Park Lower Campus Jun 2012 – Oct 2013
West Oakland Middle School Apr 2012 – Nov 2013
Bella Vista Elementary School Feb 2014 – Aug 2014
McClymonds High School Nov 2014 – May 2014 (awaiting funding for next phase)