Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

6833 International Blvd.

Susan Maldonado, Children’s Librarian:

  • Located in the heart of the notorious “killing zone,” a neighborhood where drugs, prostitution, and violence are all too familiar to young children and families
  • About 70% Latino, with many of this population immigrants and Spanish-speakers (from OUSD websites of local schools)
  • More than 90% of students in nearby OUSD schools qualify for free or reduced price lunch (from OUSD websites of local schools)
  • Approximately 30 class visits per month throughout the 2010-11 school year–the branch is often acting as a de facto school library in the absence of library clerks and up-to-date collections in OUSD schools
  • Weekly bilingual story time attendance numbers between 50 and 75 children, and about 12 to 16 adults (majority of these children are ESL learners in Head Start programs)
  • The branch acts as community center, with large amounts of school children utilizing the library after-school and on the weekends (playing board games, using computers, participating in library programs)
  • A large corps of youth volunteers (about 40 hours served by children and youth last month)–learning work skills and staying off the streets
  • A MOCHA Afterschool Art program site
  • We will be participating in the Alameda County Food Bank’s free lunch program this summer to continue to provide the youth of the community healthy, balanced lunches when school is not in-session
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