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 Many OUSD school libraries have been forced to close, collections have become outdated or unavailable to students and teachers due to lack of library staff.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-six 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, whom retired in June 2015. FOPSL continues this work with the newly hired OUSD District Library Manager, Amy Cheney.
FOPSL volunteers have completed the first phase of creating a new Library and Information Technology Center (LIT Center) at Fremont High School. The collection has been updated and a beautiful new circulation desk was installed.
FOPSL and a Design Team consisting of teachers, parents, administrators and community members will begin the second phase of transforming the library at McClymonds into a state-of-the-art 21st LIT Center this fall. Visit our Volunteer page for more information and how to get involved in these projects, as well as other library work days across the District.
FOPSL partners with many dedicated individuals, organizations and businesses to build collections, participate in work days and provide volunteers to ensure OUSD students have access to a quality school library. School libraries that have received community support during 2015/2016 include: Lafayette, East Oakland Pride, Bridges Academy, Rise/New Highland, Brookfield, PLACE at Prescott, Fruitvale, Laurel, Kaiser, Korematsu Discovery Academy Esperanza Elementary, Parker, Skyline and McClymonds,
Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries are dedicated to putting books in the hands of OUSD students.
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 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 2013 – May 2014 (awaiting funding for next phase)
Fremont High School Oct 2014 – April 2015
East Oakland Pride Sept 2015-Feb 2016
- Skyline High School Jan 2016-Mar 2016