Literacy, Equity & Access for All! 

  •  Oakland Unified School District Library Services in partnership with Oakland Public LibraryBerkeley Unified School District Libraries and Mrs. Dalloway's (Support Independent Bookstores!)  is 1 of 15 cities nationwide to host best-selling author Angie Thomas.


    Angie Thomas, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give, presents her highly anticipated second novel, On the Come Up, at Oakland Technical High School Auditorium on Monday, February 18, 3-5 p.m. Thomas will be in conversation with MK Asante, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor.


    Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up an ode to hip hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free.


    Teachers/Students/Staff, please signup here for the event!  

    Tickets for the general public are available through Eventbrite. In an effort to support (OUSD) Title 1 students, we are prioritizing books and attendance for those students. For funders and the general public who are able to give for 1 - 7 students, a donation of $25 will sponsor a book for a young person who would not otherwise be able to purchase a book. Each person who donates will receive a complimentary copy of Buck by MK Asante at the event as a thank you.


    To discuss sponsoring a group of OUSD students at a discounted price, or to specify an OUSD school to which you'd like to make a contribution, please get in touch with us directly by emailing.


    We are looking for people who are willing to fund  $160  or more and ask 5 of their friends for $160 or more. 
    For $160: 
    10 OUSD Title 1 students will receive:
     • a copy of Angie Thomas' new book On the Come Up, cover price $18.99  
    • a copy of MK Asante's memoir, Buck, value $10.99
    • an opportunity to meet Angie and MK in person and to get their books signed by the authors
    See our District Library News  for how to donate to our program to support this and other exciting literacy events for our students.
    If you are willing to speak further of other ideas of how to raise funds or to send this onto your friends, funders and or..... please let me know! 

    “Now I see why reading was illegal for black people during slavery. I discover that I think in words. The more words I know, the more things I can think about....Reading was illegal because if you limit someone's vocabulary, you limit their thoughts. They can't even think of freedom because they don't have the language to.” MK Asante


    A former teen rapper, Angie Thomas holds a BFA in creative writing from Bellhaven University. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000 starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Students all over OUSD are reading her book. At  one school there are 24 students on the wait list to read her book, and 4 copies are continually checked out. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi.


    MK Asante is the author of It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation and Buck: A Memoir, currently being adapted into a major motion picture. He has visted students at McClymonds High School and has generously donated copies of his book to support our students and programs.

     As we work to bring back libraries in OUSD and to create equity: 


    We love donations! We currently operate with a budget of 1.7 million dollars for 86 school libraries that goes directly to staff salaries. We need 11.7 to provide equity and libraries for all. Your monthly, yearly or other donation goes directly to books (we receive 40% off) and resources for our students. It's important that we have flexibility, immediate access, and are empowered to respond to the needs of our students. Please see our Support Libraries!  or District Library News pages for ways you can support, or contact the District Library Manager.  


     November, 2018 Thank Yous