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Mills Student Reporters Investigate Dramatic Changes at Oakland’s Public Libraries

Oakland, CA–January 15, 2014 Each year, students from the Mills College Introduction to Public Radio class have the opportunity to do some investigative reporting and produce special reports on their own.

This year’s topic of interest was sparked by a comment by Oakland’s Public Library’s Interim Associate Director Jamie Turbak who said libraries wanted to respond to the particular needs of different neighborhoods by creating lunch programs for children, exercise programs for patrons, and job clubs for neighbors.

"We realized the library system was a terrific vehicle to tell stories about changing demographics in our city," said Mills Professor and KALW News Director Holly Kernan.

Mills students spent the fall semester producing a series of radio reports about these efforts. Now, the fruits of their labor will be aired on NPR affiliate KALW Public Radio show, Crosscurrents. From a new gardening seed library, to children reading to dogs, to multilingual food stamp outreach, to a cafe opening, hear how Oakland’s libraries are taking on a new identity as community centers.

Program Information:
KALW Public Radio 91.7 FM
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 5:00 pm


Last Updated: 1/15/14