Oak View Branch
17251 Oak Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: (714) 375-5068
Email: [email protected]
Oak View Branch is located adjacent to Oak View Elementary school.
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The Oak View Branch Library was established in June 3,1995 as part of a collective effort to bring books and services closer to the predominately Latinx and low-income Oak View neighborhood of Huntington Beach. Built in a portable unit in the parking lot of the Oak View Elementary School, the Oak View Branch Library began with a modest collection of 5,000 books and a space of approximately 1,880 square feet. Shortly thereafter, services such as computers, children’s storytimes, and the Homework Club were added, and along with Literacy classes, have become staple resources to families in the Oak View community.
In response to the success and high-demand for books following its opening, the Oak View Branch Library launched the Reading for Success campaign, and in just one year, doubled its collection and added new computers for the Oak View community. In 1997, the City secured a grant to add another portable unit, expanding the library’s size with an additional 1,960 square feet bringing much needed space for the library’s ever-growing users, literacy program, homework help, and story times.
Since its opening and subsequent expansion, the Oak View Branch has steadily extended its hours of service, and is currently open for the community Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Oakview Branch Library’s collection has tripled in size, numbering at over 13,000 items, with 10 percent of the collection in Spanish. In addition to books, collection items include DVDs, magazines, and hotspots.
Computers, Internet & Printing
- Free Wi-Fi is available. No password is required.
- 11 public use computers available. Each cardholder gets one free hour of computer access per day with the possibility to extend for two additional hours based on availability.
- Computer Lab is open Mondays to Thursdays 9:00 am to 8:45 pm / Fridays & Saturdays 9:00am to 4:45pm.
- 15 cents per page for black and white laser printing from the Computer Lab.
- 15 cents per page for black and white photocopies from the photocopy machine.
- Mobile printing is available.
- Oak View Literacy Program: The Oak View Literacy Program, based at Oak View Branch Library, is part of Literacy Volunteers - HBPL’s literacy efforts in Huntington Beach and provides educational services for the Oak View community. Contact Akemi Royer, Literacy Specialist at (714) 375-5104.
The basic services include: tutoring for adult learners, computer assisted learning, citizenship classes, and the Reading Lab Program for 1st and 2nd grade English Language Learners at Oak View Elementary School. Adult learners in the program learn to speak, understand, read, and write English and how to read with their children.
- Club de Libro en Español: Join our Spanish speaking book club every quarter at 10:30 am on a Friday of the following months: February, May, August and November. Keep an eye on our calendar for the next dates and book selections. Ages: 18 & up.
- Crafters Corner / El Rincón del Artesano: Join us every last Wednesday of the month at 6 pm for fun and creative crafts with Ms. Marina. Open to adults, teens, and tweens, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Knitting & Conversation: You’re invited to meet, chat, share crafting/hobby ideas, and work on your current projects, such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or hand-stitching while you practice your conversational English skills in a friendly environment at the Oak view Branch Library! You are welcome to bring your own work or start a new project with us. All levels of skills are welcome: from beginners to advance knitters! Open to adults, teens, and tweens, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Afternoon Storytime & Crafts: Every Friday at 2:15 pm. Inviting all children ages 5 and up to join us for a fun afternoon filled with children's stories and crafts!
- Bilingual English / Spanish Storytime & Playtime : Wednesdays at 10 am for ages 18 months to 5 years. Enjoy bilingual stories and songs, then stay and play with your storytime friends!
- Homework Help Program: We offer free K-12 homework help and reading support Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm, and Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm from September through June. Our service is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must register to attend, but daily attendance is not required. Email our Homework Help Coordinator for your application or stop by the Oak View Branch Library to pick one up!
- Saturday Arts & Crafts: Children and their families are welcome to stop by on Saturdays between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to make a fun craft while visiting the Branch!
- Loteria: Join us for a fun family evening of Lotería on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 pm! Lotería is a traditional game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of numbered ping pong balls. Win prizes, enjoy music, meet new friends, and learn a Spanish word or two!
- Tabletop Saturdays: Join us for a fun afternoon playing your favorite board games, including Chess! We believe playing is learning, too! Chill with your friends and/or invite your family members! We have a large selection of board games for all ages!
Used Book Sales
We offer a used book sale with mostly children’s books in English and in Spanish.
Oak View is a low-income Latino community, just blocks from the Central Library. Half the parents in Oak View cannot read or write well in their native language. Fewer than 10 % know how to read in English. They would like to help their children learn to read and succeed, but many of them don't know how. Here's what you can do…
Become a Volunteer!
- General Library Helper
- Homework Help Tutor
- Literacy Tutor for Adults
- Special Projects Helper
- Summer Reading Partners Tutor
- Summer Reading Program Volunteer
- Volunteer Page (shelving and straightening library materials)
- Chess Club, Fun with Lego, and Tabletop Saturdays Helper
Volunteer opportunities are available every day of the week, including Saturdays, with flexible schedules and are a great way to connect, learn something new, have fun, and help someone who needs you! Please contact the library for details at (714) 375-5068, or fill out an adult volunteer application or teen volunteer application to be dropped off at the library.
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