Golden Gate. It’s in the name. It’s the golden gateway to a world of wonderful resources, services, programs and staff.
Golden Gate Branch used to house the African American collection that is now shelved at AAMLO. In that tradition, Golden Gate has a sizable and eclectic African American collection of fiction and non fiction, and many jazz and hip hop CDs, alongside the rock, world, and classical music. The Golden Gate Library also serves it’s population of Indians, who come for books in Hindi, Punjabi, a large collection of Indian music CDs, and Indian films (contemporary and vintage “Bollywood”).
The Golden Gate Branch has 12 computers, 7 of which are in the computer lab, which originated from a major effort by the Friends of Golden Gate Library to secure a community grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This year is the 21st anniversary of the Jazz on Sundays series, hosted by the Friends of Golden Gate Library. Nothing compares to eight Sundays in a row of free top notch jazz performances, lectures on the history of jazz, and an open jam session! Wednesdays feature preschool storytime, and in the afternoon: crafts and art making with the Museum of Children’s Art.
Every year, Golden Gate has a “Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights” program with Indian dance, food and traditional decorations. The Summer Reading Program for kids and teens is always a hit! Golden Gate has a parking lot and a beautiful community meeting room with a stage. The books cover a full range of tastes and interests. The DVD collection is particularly large, where you can find a goofy comedy from the 80s, a vintage avant garde or silent film, a classic horror favorite, the latest action flick or a PBS documentary. Golden Gate has it all and the staff is always open to suggestions.