Lakeview Library Happenings

Lakeview Library Happenings

The Lakeview Branch Library is a great resource for our neighborhood. This article is for those (few?) in the neighborhood who might be unaware of the cool things happening there.

Lakeview is open 5 days a week: Tuesday: 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm; Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Friday: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm; and Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (unfortunately, closed Sunday and Monday).

I met the Branch Librarian, Michelle Rosenthal, to get some information about the various events there. She told me that they frequently feature works of local artists. On display through January 31, some paintings by Rad Sanza, who has worked at Lakeview as a library aide for 11 years. If you are a local artist who is interested in having your art displayed, contact Michelle at

For current and prospective fiction writers, bloggers, memoirists or poets, there will be a panel of three published authors, Laurie Ann Doyle, Lily Iona MacKenzie, and Lori Ostlund, on Saturday January 13, at 3 pm. They will discuss their path to publication and give advice on how to be published.  More information about these authors is available via this link

There is a Lakeview Branch Friends Group (, whose president is Victoria Barbero. They raise money for the Branch by selling donated books acquired from patrons or from re-donations of books donated to The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington St., which is run by the Friends of the OPL. The Bookmark provides about 6-8 boxes of books to the Lakeview Friends every 6 weeks, mostly Fiction, Mystery, and Children’s Picture Books, categories which sell well. The Lakeview Friends group also maintains the flower gardens around the building. They meet the first Saturday of every month at 11:30 am, and new volunteers are always welcome.

There are weekly or monthly events, including Chess Club (1-4 pm, 3rd Saturday of every month), a Knitting Group (3:30-5 pm, every Thursday), STEM (Science) Fun led by the Children’s librarian (every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm), Lego Club (3-5 pm, 3rd Friday of every month), and several Storytime Options (Toddler Time – Wednesdays, 10:10 am, Baby Bounce – Wednesdays, 11 am, and Family Storytime – Saturdays at 10:30 am).

If you have not yet visited the Branch, check it out!




4 responses to “Lakeview Library Happenings”

  1. Bob Shurtleff Avatar
    Bob Shurtleff

    We have a website for the Friends of Lakeview Library,, and there is an official page of the Oakland Public Library website for Lakeview as well. The Friends group is having a meeting at the Lakeview Branch, this coming Saturday, January 6, at 11:30 a.m. If you’d like to know more about the Lakeview branch and become involved with our group, please come by Saturday for the meeting.

  2. Francesca/Cheska M Austin Avatar
    Francesca/Cheska M Austin

    Very informative. I regularly pick up books at Lakeview and donate used books in good condition there. Love this little library and yes it’s sad they and other OPLs cannot be open more hours.

  3. Sheila, Love this article and thank you for sharing it with Ken’s Splashpad newsletter. For many years I was a Friend of Lakeiview and worked with Victoria and others. I would collect sellable books and CD’s, video for sale. I will share this with my neighbors in the Rose Garden neighborhood and suggest they donate to our branch and remind residents all these fun events offered are all FREE!
    Back in the early 2000’s I learned from the manager at Lakeview that City of Oakland would close all branches and use the money to hire more OPD. This angered me so I went to work creating a Save our Libraries initiative, organized citizens and held weekly meetings at Lakeview. Invited were Oakland council members, local advocates and reading rebels. We spent months attending the City Hall meetings and addressed the council and Mayor (Jerry Brown our current CA Governor and his then assistant Libby S our current Mayor) and we held back any notion of closing any library. Long live Lakeview!

    1. Sheila McCormick Avatar
      Sheila McCormick

      Thanks! I am on the Board of the Friends of OPL, and edit their newsletter “Off the Shelf” – you can see the latest issue at