Please Donate Today

Your contribution supports our work and directly impacts literacy in Oakland Unified School District by helping us provide access to quality literature, information and technology to all OUSD students.  Our work to advocate for District support and professional staffing depends on contributions like yours. Together we will ensure that every OUSD student has access to a quality school library. Thank you. Click on the button below to make a tax deductible donation to Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. You will receive a receipt and a thank you letter for your donation.

To make a donation by mail, please send your check to Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries, Attn: Elaine Wells, 6101 Chelton Dr. Oakland, CA 94611. Include your return address and we will send you a receipt for your records.  Thank you!

Our tax ID # 45-3190035


Ways Your Dollars Support OUSD Libraries

Oakland kids want to read all the popular fiction titles, e.g., Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as well as graphic novels and books in series. You can help put exciting, inspiring fiction and informative nonfiction titles in school libraries by donating to our BOOKS KIDS WANT TO READ FUND. Visit the Donation page of our website by clicking on the Donation tab above. Write BKWR Fund on the memo line. Your dollars will go directly to high quality library books.

If you are interested in directing your donation to a specific school library, write the name of the school in the memo line. We will send you confirmation that your donation purchased books for the designated library.  Thank you.

Professional library staff create effective library programs that:

  • improve reading instruction,
  • support teachers and the school curriculum,
  • integrate technology into teaching and learning,
  • teach students to independently seek, access and use information.

To ensure OUSD students have access to a quality school library, FOPSL is promoting professional development for library staff by providing financial support through our Ann Mayo Gallagher Scholarship program. Donations to this fund will support our efforts to professionalize library staffing and programming. Contributions to this fund can be made on the Donation page of our website. Click on the Donation tab and write AMG Scholarship fund on the memo line.

Please contact Amy Cheney, District Library Manager for OUSD or Kari Hatch, Executive Director for FOPSL if you have time and/or resources to offer.

Thank you for all you do to support OUSD school libraries.


We extend our appreciation to these Foundations, Businesses and Individuals for their generous support in 2015

The Rogers Family Foundation             Kaiser Community Giving Campaign

The Kate Family Foundation                 The Elder Family Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation         Save Mart Supermarkets

Intel Volunteer Grant Program             PG&E Campaign for Community

Amazon Smile

Jon and Connie Hartung


Alicaia Goldstein                                     Ami Felson
Amy Marks                                              Andrew Kivel
Ann and John Gallagher                         Ann Opara
Arthur and Debra Bakal                          Barbara and John Newhall
Carol Lewis-Parks                                  Carol Wise
Caroline Giers                                         Charles Rath
Charles Getz                                            Christine Moriuchi
Claudia Fenelon                                      Cynthia and Jerry Pierson
Dana McDonald                                       Daniel Marks
Dale Marshall                                           Dan Miller
David and Patricia Newhouse                 Donna Blanchard
Eileen Ruby                                              Elaine and Craig Davis
Elaine Wells                                             Elizabeth and Steven Rosenberg
Elizabeth Keating                                    Elizabeth Kronick
Elizabeth Sigman                                    Elizabeth Stumpf
Ellen and Patrick Becherer                     Ellen Edwards
Ellen Kaufman                                         Elsa Pulido
Evangeline Dee                                        Erika Kussmann
Gina Kessler                                             Helen and Peter Hasselman
Howard Moffet                                        Hunter P. Harris
Jack and Katie Gallagher                         James and Hebe Beard
James Grant                                             Jane Bokan
Janet Arnold                                             Janet Cerni
Jay Goldman                                            Jessica Gruner
Jessica Toubol                                          Jo and Norm Budman
Joan Guilford                                            John Aheam
Joy and Jonathan Jacobs                          Jonathan Sykes
John and Margaret Maloney                   John Baldo
Jorge Perez                                               Judith Duwainis
Judith Evans                                             Judyth Scholz
Julie Munneke                                          June Halio
Karen Dauphin                                         Karen Quintal
Karen Smith                                             Karla Washington
Katherine Erickson                                  Kathleen Albers
Kathy Erickson                                         Kathy Poly
Kathy Weiner                                           Kim West
Kirsten Clary                                            Kristl Lee
Lawerence and Christine Silver              Laurie Umeh
Lisa Brill                                                   Louise Anderson
Margorie Goodin                                      Maria Massolo
Martha Gregory                                        Mary Gage Herman
Meredith and Harry Endsley                   Micaelo Pronio
Michelle Simms                                       Mike Mayo
Muthubatcha Purushothaman                Myles Abbott
Myma McCauley                                      Nancy Waring
Natalie Van Tassel                                   Nina Lindsay
Nnanna Ogbu                                           Noami Alvarado
Patricia Brouillette                                   Patricia Henry
Paul and Sabrina Wesley                          Paul Lore
Philip and Shantha Ursel                         Perry Bloom
Raynor Voorhies                                       Richard and Carlene Anderson
Robert and Judith Toll                             Robert Peterson
Roberta Coleman                                      Robin Flagg
Robin White                                              Rosalind Vega
Ruby McDonald                                        Sandy Bauska
Sara Sterling                                            Seeka Yang
Semmy Kazia                                           Shelby Solomon
Sheri Thomas                                           Shirley Rodenbom
Stanyan Vukovich                                    Stephen and Elisabeth Goodman
Steven Wygal                                            Susan McQuillian
Timothy Kieschnick                                 Thomas Kaun
Tricia Reichart                                          Victor and Elizabeth Chen
Warren Bonta                                           Freedom High School Class of 2005

The following donors made contributions in memory of Barry Ress.
Carole Plum and Claire Wing                 Howard Backer
Marilyn and Robert Rath                        Robert Welch
Charles Rath

Book Drives and In-Kind Donations:

Janette Maher                                                          Jon and Connie Hartung
Nancy Auker                                                              Susie Goodin
Dr. Cory and Kristin Maas, The Maas Clinic          East Bay Children’s Book Project
Friends of Oakland Public Libraries                       Hannah
Redwood Day School                                                Bob and Joan Cone
Orinda Public Library                                               Steve Sylvester
Oakland Literacy Coalition                                      Oakland Public Library
Kaiser Permanente
Thornhill Elementary Dad’s Club


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