Chapter 510's Summer Children's Book Faire
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Chapter 510's Summer Children's Book Faire

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This is the event of the season for all children's book and young author loving Oaklanders! 

We will be celebrating the publication of not one, but EIGHT newly illustrated and beautifully bound children's books written by our amazing eight young writers who participated in our Spring Break Children's Book Writing Camp. Come meet our young authors and their illustrators, buy their books, get them signed, hear them read (and roar) alongside some of our favorite local children's book authors. 

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Past is Present: MetWest Oral History Publication Party
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Past is Present: MetWest Oral History Publication Party

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Come celebrate the publication of our very first high-school oral history collection, Past is Present, from MetWest 10th grade writers. This will be a beautiful night to celebrate these students and their families with a title designed and perfectly bound for you to purchase and enjoy. Hear readings from the students and get your book signed by our young authors.

Doors open at 6pm. Reading starts at 7:oopm. 

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen, as usual. 

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!

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First Friday Open House: An Evening of Far Off Ideas
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House: An Evening of Far Off Ideas

oin us for an evening hosted by the Prime Minister of Far Off Ideas featuring student work from over 10 newly published books written by Hoover, Allendale, Acorn, Dover & Maya Lin Elementary schools.

You can also try your hand at writing a story in a short amount of time, eat tacos from Two Mamacitas Pop Up Kitchen, and listed to jams by XCAIROX. 
 

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First Friday Open House & Open Mic: National Poetry Month  + Spring Workshop Reading & Celebration
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House & Open Mic: National Poetry Month + Spring Workshop Reading & Celebration

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Come celebrate National Poetry Month & the latest two Chapter 510 publications written by our elementary and high school workshop students.

Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. 

Bookmaking activities all night for kids of all ages!

Youth reading and open mic will start at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!

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First Friday Mother of Gold Release Party!
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Mother of Gold Release Party!

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Come celebrate our latest youth publication, MOTHER OF GOLD, written by Ms. Sufrin's 4th grade poets from Acorn Woodland Elementary (and our new window display featuring poems from the book, designed by CCA Fellow Marjerrie Masicat).

MOTHER OF GOLD will be available for purchase in the Dept. of Make Believe starting on this very night, so get your limited-edition copy.

We will making books about Gold and enjoying music from XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Youth reading and open mic will start at 7:30pm.

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MOTHER OF GOLD: Book Release at the Wells Fargo History Museum
Jan
11
10:30 AM10:30

MOTHER OF GOLD: Book Release at the Wells Fargo History Museum

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"On a walk along the American River
I found a notebook full of facts
Of what will be the future
How to meet my ancestors
And how to make a time traveling potion" 
-Melanie, 4th Grade, Acorn Woodland Elementary


Our fall in-school book project has wrapped at Acorn Woodland Elementary with Ms. Sufrin's amazing 4th graders. They've written poetry about the American River, and all the different types of people who immigrated to California during the Gold Rush period. 

Mother of Gold is now off to production, and we will be releasing the book with a student reading at the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco on  Thursday, January 11th at 10:30am. 

Come enjoy and celebrate our students' work,  and buy one of their hand-made books. 
 

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First Friday Open House & Open Mic: 510 Journal Release Party + Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Showcase
Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House & Open Mic: 510 Journal Release Party + Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Showcase

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Celebrate the launch of Lucy Flattery-Vickness' 510 Journal (510journal.com) with performances by past and present youth laureate's.

We'll be open at 6pm. Reading will start at 7pm. You do NOT want to miss this line-up of powerful young authors. 

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

 

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First Friday Open House & Open Mic
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House & Open Mic

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. 

Bookmaking activities all night for kids of all ages! This month we will write tiny books about holidays we wish existed.

Youth reading and open mic will start at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!
 

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First Friday Open House & Open Mic: NaNoWriMo Launch Party!
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House & Open Mic: NaNoWriMo Launch Party!

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Come celebrate the best month of the year: November, which for those who do not know is National Novel Writing Month. A month to sign up to write a novel in just thirty days with half a million other turbo-novelists around the world on ywp.nanowrimo.org or nanowrimo.org. 

Activities will include:
-Writing your novel (we have plenty of power strips!)
-Watch others write their novels
-Reading parts of your novel,
-Or writing a very tiny novel with us and reading it at our open mic!

In the meantime we highly recommend signing up for NaNoWriMo. Young writers (0-18) can sign up on ywp.nanowrimo.org, and those 13 or older who want to take on the 50,000-word challenge can do so at nanowrimo.org. Why do it? For 30 crazy, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Novelist open mic will start at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come novel, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!

 

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Make a Writing Life
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Make a Writing Life

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THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT, but do put your name on the waitlist through Eventbrite. We will let you know if folks cancel or we find more space. 

OAKLAND, CA — Join us on Saturday, October 21 at 7pm as writers Chinaka Hodge, Dave Eggers & Jeff Chang engage in a conversation about what makes a writing life with Chapter 510 student & 11-year-old poet Aniya Jenkins during Make A Writing Life, an event hosted by Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe.

Doors will open at 6pm, and the program will begin at 7pm. Admission is free, but a suggested $15 donation will go directly to supporting Chapter 510's programs. Tickets are available at makeawritinglife.eventbrite.com

The trio of notable authors come from distinct backgrounds, and Jenkins, a sixth grader who was awarded first place in the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival, will lead a discussion on how young aspiring writers can turn a passion into a career.

Come early to enjoy refreshments from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen, music spun by DJ XCAIROCITOSX, bookmaking activities, and general make believing in the only magical bureaucracy that sells worry tubes and books written by Oakland youth.

Chapter 510 will also cut the ribbon on its brand new bookmaking studio. Funded by the Abundance Foundation, the studio is set to include a binding machine, paper cutter and all of the hands-on bookmaking tools necessary to create thousands of physical copies for students in the future.

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First Friday Open House & Open Mic: Ghost Stories
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Open House & Open Mic: Ghost Stories

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. The theme for this occasion will be ghost stories. 

Bookmaking activities all night for kids of all ages!

Youth reading and open mic will start at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!

Photo credit Robbie Sweeny Photography featuring young Oakland poet Leila Mottley.

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Beast Crawl Presents: Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Showcase
Sep
2
6:30 PM18:30

Beast Crawl Presents: Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Showcase

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Oakland's most talented young poet leaders will be offering their words of insight, passion, and justice at this showcase in Beast Crawl Literary Festival 2017's second leg. 

Emceed by Stephanie Yun - Oakland's 2012 Youth Poet Laureate! 

Featuring: 
Lucy Flattery-Vickness - 2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate
Leila Mottley - 2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Runner Up
Miles De Rosa - 2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Lizette Navarro - 2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Euna Bonovich - 2012 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Ashanti Johnshon - 2014 Honorable Mention
PLUS other Oakland Youth Poet Laureates, Finalists amd Honorable Mentions

Beast Crawl Literary Festival 2017 is Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary festival featuring more than 200 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty-eight local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, performance spaces, and storefronts.

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Sept. First Friday Open House & Open Mic: Back to School Celebration
Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

Sept. First Friday Open House & Open Mic: Back to School Celebration

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. 

Bookmaking activities all night for kids of all ages!

Youth reading and open mic will start at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!

Photo credit Robbie Sweeny Photography featuring young Oakland poet Leila Mottley.

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August First Friday Open House + Open Mic: Dream Library Celebration
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

August First Friday Open House + Open Mic: Dream Library Celebration

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Make Books about your "Dream Library"! Sign up for our youth open mic! Eat tacos! Dance while wearing a silly costume! 

Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. 

Bookmaking activities all night for kids of all ages!

Youth reading and open mic hosted by Stephanie Yun starting at 7:30pm.

Fresh jams spun by XCAIROCITOSX and delicoius tacos available from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Come write, make, drink, sing and read with us from 5pm to 9pm!
 

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March First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Open House
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

March First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Open House

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, resistance quilt and protest-sign making, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts.

Featuring a youth open mic open to all young writers, hosted by Tova Ricardo - 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and food by Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen!

Open Mic starts at 7pm! 

Come resist, write, make, eat, drink, and read with us from 6pm to 9pm!

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 First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts. 

Featuring a youth open mic open to all young writers, hosted by Tova Ricardo - 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, bookmaking activities for kids, and food by Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen

Open Mic starts at 7pm! 

Come write, make, eat, drink, and read with us from 6pm to 9pm!

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510 Journal Release w/ Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard
Jan
6
5:30 PM17:30

510 Journal Release w/ Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard

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In proud partnership with the Oakland Public Library, Youth Speaks and Youth Poet Laureate Oakland...

Join Chapter 510 for Oakland First Fridays on January 6 at 5:30-9pm (reading begins at 7pm followed by a Youth Open Mic).

Come out to welcome our 2016 Youth Poet Laureate Oakland: Azariah Cole-Shephard and the release of our sixth issue of 510 Journal (510journal.org). 

There will be bookmaking activities for kids, food by Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen, and a reading featuring Azariah and past Poet Laureates, as well. Bookmaking starts at 5:30, reading at 7pm hosted by Tova Ricardo.

Featuring readings by:
Stephanie Yun - 2012 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate
Tova Ricardo - 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate
Azariah Cole-Shephard - 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate
Aaron Godinez - 2014 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Emily Kim - 2014 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Shanga Labossiere - 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Honorable Mention
Isabel Hallock - 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalist
Sophie Elkin - 2014 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate


About 510 Journal:

In partnership with the Oakland Public Library's Youth Poet Laureate program and Youth Speaks, we are proud to have published six issues (posters) of 510 Journal, each celebrating a young poet.

We've printed and distributed thousands of these 11" by 17" posters throughout Oakland.

Come by the center to pick up one or six to display in your business or residence to help us amplify student voices throughout town (and beyond!). 


About the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program:

Presented by Oakland Public Library and Youth Speaks, the Youth Poet Laureate program is supported by an alliance of community partners representing Oakland’s leading arts, education and community organizations. 

Scholarship funding is provided by Youth Speaks Youth Poet Laureate Fund and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Scholarship administration and academic support is provided by ScholarMatch.

Community Partners: Oakland Unified School District, Write-to-Read and Alameda County Library, Chapter 510, and BeastCrawl.

Youthspeaks.org | oaklandlibrary.org/teens


Applications for Oakland's 2017 Youth Poet Laureate are now open!

Deadline: Februray 5, 2017. 
Apply at Youthspeaks.org 

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Rad Bookmaking with Kate, Miriam, and Social Justice Santa
Dec
18
3:00 PM15:00

Rad Bookmaking with Kate, Miriam, and Social Justice Santa

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Come in to make some rad books about your rad selves with two rad local women, Kate Shatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. 

All Oakland kids, teens, and families welcome to celebrate Kate and Miriam's newest book Rad Women Worldwide, the sequel to Rad American Women. 

Plus, we will have our very own Social Justice Santa in the house for photos and Social Justice Christmas lists!

Come eat, make, write, sit on Social Justice Santa's lap, and celebrate with us from 3pm - 5pm (reading at 4pm) and find out more about and enroll your child/children in our FREE after-school tutoring and writing program.

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This coming February, we will open our writing center to provide free after-school tutoring and writing workshops from 3pm to 6pm, Monday–Friday. We have 20 openings for underserved students ages 8–18 in Oakland and will prioritize families located near our writing center at 2301 Telegraph.

To find out more about enrolling your child or children in our free programs you can also email us at info@chapter510.org.

Our FREE after-school programming is supported by the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth -OFCY, Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau, The Abundance Foundation, and other individuals.

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Light a Match at Temescal Brewing!
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Light a Match at Temescal Brewing!

Come light a match with us at Temescal Brewing on Friday, December 16 from 6pm to midnight!

We will be celebrating our volunteers and have all our matchbooks for in-person match striking (donating to our match campaign)! Plus, a portion of all delicious beer sales will go directly to Chapter 510.

Bring hugs and high fives for our volunteers and a giving holiday spirit.

Writing and bookmaking will, as usual, ensue.

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First Friday Youth Open Mic + HAIR Party with Rob Trujillo
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Youth Open Mic + HAIR Party with Rob Trujillo

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Let your HAIR down (or up!) with us during our next First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking Night.

We will be celebrating HAIR and one of our favorite Oakland artists, Rob Trujillo's new book, FURQAN'S FIRST FLATTOP.

Readings by Rob, and Oakland youth, MC-ed by Tova Ricardo.

The evening will also feature:
-Writing and bookmaking about HAIR!
-Pop-up barbers with FREE haircuts for kids!
-Food by Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen
-Wine AND juice

Come write, make, eat, drink, and read with us from 6pm to 9pm!

For more on Rob's book, visit his website.

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Chapter 510 Neighborhood Bookmaking Open House
Nov
20
2:00 PM14:00

Chapter 510 Neighborhood Bookmaking Open House

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Find out more about and enroll your child/children in our FREE after-school tutoring and writing program.

This coming January, we will open our writing center to provide free after-school tutoring and writing workshops from 3pm to 6pm, Monday–Friday. We have 20 openings for underserved students ages 8–18 in Oakland and will prioritize families located near our writing center at 2301 Telegraph.

No pre-registration needed to join us for our neighborhood open houses. Just drop on in! To find out more about enrolling your child or children in our free programs you can also email us at info@chapter510.org.

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First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking

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Join us for another First Friday full of poetry, music, bookmaking, and the only magical bureaucracy in the contiguous United States that sells t-shirts.

There will be a youth open mic for all young writers, and Students from California College of the Arts will be making books with kids (ages 0 - infinity) all night.

Come meet us, and learn all about our programs, upcoming workshops, enrolling your kids in our after school program, and more.

Doors open at 6 PM.

Plus, there will be wine, juice boxes, and the usual deliciousness from Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen.

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