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October 15, 2014
Contact: Bill Kolb Supervising Librarian, North Branch Berkeley Public Library 510-981-6256 Berkeley, October 15, 2014— Due to necessary repairs to preserve features of the historic rotunda windows, the North Branch Library will be offering limited service from October 27 through October 31, 2014. These repairs involve the use of scaffolding and mechanical lifts on the main library level, which may present a safety hazard for the public. Service will be available on the lower level, accessible from the Josephine Street entrance.
October 15, 2014
Contact: Michele McKenzie Art & Music Librarian Berkeley Public Library 510-981-6241 Erika Gagnon’s Digital Spirits at Berkeley Public Library Berkeley, October 15—In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month in November, Canadian photographer and multimedia artist Erika Gagnon presents her exhibition Digital Spirits at the Central Library from September 29 – December 7, 2014. Her work is in the Catalog Lobby on the first floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street. She will give an Artist Talk on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm. in the third floor Community Meeting Room.
October 15, 2014
Contact: July Cole Associate HR Analyst Berkeley Public Library 510-981-6105 Berkeley, October 14, 2014 — The Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) and the Berkeley Public Library are pleased to announce the selection of Jeff Scott as the new Director of Library Services. He commences his new role in early November, replacing Donna Corbeil, who retired October 3, 2014, after nearly eight years in this position.
October 07, 2014
Berkeley, October 7—Berkeley Public Library is excited to host Food Day 2014 on October 24, 2014 at the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge Street in Berkeley. Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food, culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Start Food Day by attending Green Smoothies are Us at 11 am in the Central Library’s fourth floor Story Room. Health coach Esther Suarez shows the easy way to incorporate greens into your diet and give a big boost to your health while also tantalizing your taste buds. Join us at noon to meet Jessica Prentice. She will present The Nourished Community: The Nutritional Wisdom of Traditional Diets in the third floor Community Meeting Room.
September 16, 2014
Berkeley, September 16—A new poetry program is starting up at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library featuring you and what you like. Drop in on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 pm-7:50 pm starting October 9, 2014. Bring in a favorite poem to share and if you write poetry, bring one of your own too. We will be sharing poems in a reading circle. Discover new poets, hear new voices and ways of working the same old world into new words.
September 15, 2014
Berkeley, September 15— Authors of the new anthology, Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans, will read from this new publication by the Filipino American National Historical Society, East Bay Chapter. The collection reveals the wide-ranging experiences of being a Filipino American from multiple perspectives and generations. These free readings will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm, at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, in the Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor.
September 11, 2014
Berkeley, September 11, 2014—This September, California Library Literacy Services, a program of the California State Library, celebrates 30 years of changing the lives of low-literate adults and their families. Since its inception, California’s Library Literacy Services has helped nearly a quarter of a million Californians learn to read and write. To mark the 30th anniversary milestone of this volunteer-based program, the state is launching a month-long awareness campaign titled “Together, California Reads” to encourage communities to support the efforts of their local public libraries in raising adult literacy rates statewide.
September 11, 2014
Berkeley, September 11, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library, in conjunction with the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Harry Weininger Family, invite you to join us for a special evening on October 1, 2014, with a reception from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the featured event from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the West Branch Library of the Berkeley Public Library, located at 1125 University Avenue, (near San Pablo Avenue) in Berkeley. This is a free public event but seating is limited to a first come, first served basis.
September 04, 2014
Berkeley, September 4, 2014—Berkeley Public Library is excited to be presenting a special program in September. Congressman John Lewis (D GA-5) champion of the Civil Rights Movement and current member of the U.S. House of Representatives is coming to Berkeley to talk about his book, March on Sunday September 21, 2014, from 2:00-4:00 pm, at Northbrae Community Church, located at 941 The Alameda in Berkeley. This event is part of the Library’s National Library Card Sign up Month and Banned Books Week celebration. For a listing of all events go to http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
September 04, 2014
Berkeley, September 4, 2014—Join Berkeley Public Library staff and others in honoring and thanking the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library for sixty years of service to the community and to the Library at a public reception on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the Central library in the 3rd floor community room. This significant anniversary for one of the Library’s long standing support groups will be celebrated with a special cake, cards, music and words of thanks from their many fans. The Berkeley Public Library also created a special library card in the Friends’ honor for National Library Card Sign up Month.
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