The 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Library in Oakland, CA has confronted a very serious problem head-on. Upon learning that “most student-related homicides and shootings [in the Oakland community] occurred late on Friday and Saturday nights”, the library decided to open its doors.
Yes, you read that right. Instead of closing at 5, thereby successfully putting kids on the street at the time of high crime, they took them off. The doors of the library stay open for teens until 10:00pm every Friday and Saturday night. (At least for the rest of this month, according to the article).
I tip my hat to you, Oakland Public Library! When other libraries are closing their doors and their backs on young people, you are ushering them in.