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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.
September 03, 2014
Berkeley September 3, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library’s next Claremont Branch Book Club meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 17, at the Claremont Branch. Celebrate Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014) by joining us for a discussion of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. The following week on Wednesday, September 24, is a screening of the movie adaptation from 5:30-8 pm.
September 03, 2014
Berkeley, September 2, 2014—Recent participants in the Berkeley Public Library's Memoir Writing Workshop celebrate the publication of their anthology, No Place Like It, with readings from their true stories about finding home in beauty salons, cemeteries, campgrounds, and other unusual places.This free event takes place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Community Reading Room, 3rd floor. Refreshments are served from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150 or visit our website.
August 15, 2014
Berkeley, August 15, 2014 – Berkeley Public Library presents a free three-part community engagement film series called Strong Girls Rule celebrating women in sport and highlighting some of our exceptional local athletes and women’s sports programs. The series opens on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3 pm, with a screening of Maidentrip, followed by discussion and Q&A with Stephanie Evans, Commodore of Berkeley’s Cal Sailing Club. Maidentrip is a feature length documentary about the inspirational journey of Laura Dekker, who, at the age of 14, became the youngest person to sail alone around the world.
August 14, 2014
Berkeley, August 14, 2014—September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, when the Berkeley Public Library, the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. National Library Card Sign-up Month began in 1987 to challenge every schoolchild to get a library card. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.
Police Exarxia Photo by Ilona Sturm
August 08, 2014
Berkeley, August 8, 2014 – Berkeley painter and photographer Ilona Sturm exhibits her most recent series of photographs - Zográphos: Drawing from Life: Street Photography of Greece at the Central Library from August 11– September 28, 2014. All are invited to meet Sturm and discuss her work during an Artist Reception on Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 pm in the First floor Catalog Lobby of the Central Library. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6241 or visit the library’s website: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org
July 25, 2014
Berkeley, July 23, 2014— On Hiroshima Peace Day, people from around the world stop to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and do what they can to stop it from happening again. Since 1995, the Berkeley Public Library has celebrated Peace Day with a reading of Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This year’s program will take place in the Children’s department on the fourth floor of the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) on Tuesday, August 5, from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
July 25, 2014
Berkeley, July 25, 2014—On Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 pm-8 pm, the Central Library and the Claremont Branch Library will join other neighborhood and civic groups in marking National Night Out, an annual event designed to build community spirit and encourage a greater sense of neighborhood awareness. The Claremont Branch at 2940 Benvenue Avenue will have bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other family-friendly activities out for folks who come by to say “hello.” The Central Library will host children’s crafts and a surprise for adults outside the Library entrance at 2090 Kittredge Avenue. Library staff will be on hand to tell you all about services offered by the Berkeley Public Library! Members of the Berkeley Police and Fire Department will drop by to visit, too.
July 11, 2014
Berkeley, July 11, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library is now offering online reservations for its free community meeting rooms. [spaces] is our new reservations software that makes reserving our community meeting rooms more convenient. [spaces] allows users to locate available meeting rooms and submit a request to use them online. Upon submission, users receive immediate email notification that the request was received followed by an email confirming or declining the request within a few days.
Exterior of South Branch
July 10, 2014
Berkeley, July 10, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library South Branch and Tool Lending Library, that opened to great acclaim on May 11, 2013, has achieved LEED Gold certification for new construction. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices.
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