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April 25, 2014
Berkeley, CA April 23, 2014—Self-directed and unstructured play is a very effective way for young children to develop their imagination and a variety of skills. The Berkeley Public Library will offer a free five-week session of Family Place Parent-Child Playshop at the West Branch located at 1125 University Avenue, beginning Friday, May 23 from 10:15-11:30 am. Space is limited. Registration is required and open from May 5 through 16, 2014. Please call 981-6260 to register.
April 25, 2014
Berkeley, CA April 23, 2014—Food tastes better when you grow it yourself! Get ready to plant a backyard vegetable garden in this fun program led by gardener and edible landscaper Gary Crandall at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at the Claremont Branch located at 2940 Benvenue Avenue. Mr. Crandall will cover how to plan, start and plant a vegetable garden including tools, materials, soil prep, seed starting and ongoing maintenance as well as selecting what to plant when. His talk is free and has something for novice and experienced gardeners alike. For more information about this program call 510-981-6280.
April 22, 2014
Berkeley, California.April 22, 2014 — With nearly 2 million veterans in California and a generation of veterans returning from two wars, a cooperative of innovative library systems have launched a timely and relevant project, War Ink, an online exhibit of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran memorial tattoo art. War Ink will launch on Veterans Day and represents a platform to explore the unfiltered record of war that veterans have documented on their body. Veterans interested in the project are encouraged to contact Jason Deitch directly at jasonadeitch@gmail.com or 510-593-8423. To submit your story go to: http://ccclib.org/warink/War_Ink_Fill_In.pdf
April 17, 2014
Berkeley, April 14, 2014—Where do you find out what is happening at the Berkeley Public Library? Go to the website? Find events through a local online events calendar. Pick up flyers in the Library? Read the digital signs? Word of mouth from a friend? Berkeley Public Library is excited to introduce yet another way for you to stay in touch –our new monthly e-Newsletter,
April 11, 2014
Berkeley, April 11, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library has a great new service for patrons who love listening to music and watching videos—Freegal. All you need is your library card number to get free downloads and streaming of digital music and movies. What exactly is Freegal? It means “free and legal” music and movies now available through the Library’s website. Free for patrons, that is. This service is underwritten by your local library.
April 04, 2014
Berkeley, April 4, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library has launched its strategic planning process and would like your input on a variety of issues in order to better serve the needs of the Berkeley community over the next three years. Your feedback will inform the Library’s strategic planning efforts to help guide the Library’s future services and programs.
March 18, 2014
The Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce that the award-winning design firm of Noll & Tam Architects and Planners has been selected to provide a full range of programmatic, architectural and design services for its Central Library. Renovations of the interior public spaces will improve the layout of collections, lighting, placement of the public computers, and address the need for quiet and group study areas, as well as adequate and appropriate space to meet the needs of teens and youth. After a competitive process, the firm was selected based on their extensive library design and building experience.
March 17, 2014
Berkeley, March 13, 2014 — Just five years after a landslide ‘Yes’ on bond Measure FF and an innovative Neighborhood Libraries Campaign partnership, Berkeley Public Library cardholders now have access to libraries of the future in every neighborhood in the City. This April, the Library celebrates advancing the value of libraries in the modern age by inviting the public to a month-long, system-wide librarywarming.
February 18, 2014
Dr. Bernie Krause, musician, naturalist and author of the 2012 book The Great Animal Orchestra: finding the origins of music in the world’s wild places, reflects on his lifelong pursuit to record the music of the natural world. Multimedia lecture with sound clips from his Wild Sanctuary archive – for all ages.
January 31, 2014
Berkeley, January 31, 2014 – Berkeley Public Library has launched its new website, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org, showcasing the Library’s connection to the community while providing easy access to its dynamic print, music, film and digital collections. As part of the development of the new site, the Library’s web team involved staff and members of the community from the beginning: soliciting input, conducting user testing and collecting and analyzing survey data.
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