Scenes from 14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

On the way to work this morning, I stopped by City Hall to catch a little bit of the read-in I wrote about last week. It was wonderful!

The event, 14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries started at 6 AM this morning, and will continue until 8 PM tonight. Oakland residents who value libraries and do not want to see the system eliminated are reading out loud continuously all day in the amphitheater in front of City Hall to demonstrate their support for the Oakland Public Library. It felt great to be there this morning, and I’m sure the energy will only get better as the day goes on.

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

If you have a chance, try to stop by today and show your support. The full schedule of readers is listed below.

  • 6:00-6:15: Ted McCoy
  • 6:15-6:30: Wendy Woolpert
  • 6:30-6:45: Molly Tafoya
  • 6:45-7:00: Michael Hunt
  • 7:00-7:15: Laurie Willhalm
  • 7:15-7:30: Amy Martin
  • 7:30-7:45: Alice McCain
  • 7:45-8:00: Karen Long
  • 8:00-8:15: Ray Klauber
  • 8:15-8:30: Helen Bloch
  • 8:30-8:45: Pat Toney
  • 8:45-9:00: Louise Anderson
  • 9:00-9:15: Courtney Crum
  • 9:15-9:30: Beth Gousman
  • 9:30-9:45: Helen Laroche
  • 9:45-10:00: Sharon McKellar
  • 10:00-10:15: Marni Weinstock
  • 10:15-10:30: Lily Fletcher
  • 10:30-10:45: Dilwara Fletcher
  • 10:45-11:00: Annie Barrows
  • 11:00-11:15: Louise Chegwidden
  • 11:15-11:30: Robin Goodfellow
  • 11:30-11:45: Beth Twomey
  • 11:45-12:00: Kevin Cook
  • 12:00-12:15: Jennifer Vetter
  • 12:15-12:30: Nina LaCour
  • 12:30-12:45: Jeff Chang
  • 12:45-1:00: Charlie Haas

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-in to save Oakland Libraries

I’ll probably stop over there a couple more times during the course of the day — I’m reading at 1:15, and then I’ll probably go hang out after work too, so I’ll post more photos as I get them.

Update: Here’s some more photos from this afternoon.

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

UPDATE AGAIN: More pics!

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

This great overhead pic comes to us courtesy of Annalee Allen. Thanks, Annalee!

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

6 thoughts on “Scenes from 14 Hours, 14 Branches: A Read-In to Save Oakland Libraries

  1. Annalee Allen

    Thanks all, for doing this. This is a real labor of love, because it is DARN hot out there! I am going to try and send in a photo taken from the 9th floor of city hall (if it turns out).

  2. Oakie

    I am all in favor of saving the libraries. But don’t be fooled by the false choices being offered.

    Cut the mayor’s salary back to what it was under Jerry Brown ($100k). Cut the mayor’s expense account back to what Jerry Brown spent ($100 per year). Cut the number of city provided cell phones in half, just like Jerry Brown has done at the state level. Cut the city council salaries to what it was in the 1990′s. Cut salaries of all employees to no more than the average for equal work in the Bay Area. Change the charter to allow outsourcing any job that can be done for less money.

    Wake up folks, the solutions are staring you in the face. And it’s NOT INCREASING TAXES or SHUTTING LIBRARIES.

    And I have a few additional ideas to increase city revenues:

    After repeatedly seeing handicapped parking spots being abused by what appears to be misuse: Set the fines for misuse of handicapped parking to the maximum allowed by law, and allow anyone with a cell phone camera to record people who may be misusing them, with photos of the placard, car, parking spot and provide them to the police for investigation, and provide them with a reward for providing the information if it results in issuing of a ticket.

    Do the same for public littering.

    Do the same thing for violation of the sound ordinance. There is now a iPhone app that can record decibel levels.

    Instead of punishing shoppers patronizing Oakland business with outrageous fines (such as $58 for a mere expiration of a meter) why don’t we ACTUALLY PENALIZE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING BAD THINGS!!

  3. librarylover

    thank you for highlighting this wonderful event! i stopped by to watch after work, it was nothing short of inspiring. great photos!