Berkeley, June 8, 2015—It’s that time again! Summer is nearly here, and the Berkeley Public Library is gearing up for Summer Reading. Everyone can join us as we celebrate #bplsummer—we have programs, activities and prizes for all ages! Sign up online and print out your #bplsummer game card or pick one up at the Library. Once you have your card, you can play from wherever you go: on vacation, at school, at work, in Berkeley or beyond. It is easy to do!
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June 09, 2015
May 21, 2015
Berkeley, May 22, 2015 –The Berkeley Public Library will reverberate with the sweet sounds of the Bay Area’s own Mariachi Mexicanisimo on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Noon. Bring your friends to the fifth floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) to hear romantic canción ranchera. This talented Bay Area ensemble plays traditional music that is played at festivals, weddings and quinceañeras; as well as explores contemporary songs while maintaining the time-honored Mariachi style. For more information, call 510-981-6148.
April 24, 2015
Berkeley, April 24, 2015—One of the best things about children’s books are the illustrations. Pictures bring the stories alive. We invited two outstanding book illustrators to celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) at the Berkeley Public Library. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Annually, commemorative events occur nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect.
Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe: Art & Science with Lynette Cook, Scientific Illustrator at Berkeley Public Library
April 17, 2015
Berkeley, April 17, 2015—You have seen those life-like paintings of swirling galaxies that make you gasp in awe at the beauty of the Universe. Dramatic images of giant meteors striking our prehistoric planet bring astronomy alive. Who and how are these pictures created? Find out when Lynette Cook, artist and award-winning scientific illustrator of extrasolar planets and other space subjects, visits the Berkeley Public Library on Sunday May 3, 2015 at 2:00 – 3:30 pm. She shares her images and explains how she creates art pieces accurate enough for use by researchers. These images also captivate the layperson with the wonder and mystery of outer space. Join us in our third floor Community Meeting Room in the Central Library for this free event. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150.
April 14, 2015
Berkeley, April 14, 2015—A new generation of veterans are starting to tell their stories. What is it really like on the front lines of today’s wars? Written by Phil Klay, a Dartmouth College graduate and Marine Corp veteran who served in Iraq, “Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It’s the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls” - Dexter Filkins, NYT Review of Books, 3, 6, 2014). Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction.
April 14, 2015
Berkeley, April 14, 2015—Are you one of those people who practiced piano as a child but forgot how to play? Or do you think you are too old to pick up a new skill? Never! Why do you think we have libraries? Join us at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library from 1:00-2:00pm any Wednesday in May: May 6, 13, 20 or 27, 2015 for “Piano Chat” a relaxing introduction to piano chords. For more information about this series, or to reserve your space, please call 510-981-6280.
March 31, 2015
Berkeley, March 31, 2015—April is National Poetry Month and the Library is going all out with our Poetry & Jazz @Central Concert on Saturday, April 18, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge Street in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. We have a great lineup: Al Young accompanied by John Wiitala on bass; with three more sets of notable poets and musicians as they present the words and music of poetry: Avotcja with Val Serrant on steel drums, Phavia Kujichagulia with Ron Williams on guitar, The Word-Music Continuum with poet Kirk Lumpkin and musicians: Paul Mills, Mark Wieder, and special guest, Q.R. Hand, Jr. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150.
Take a Mythological Adventure Back in Time with Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
March 30, 2015
Berkeley, March30, 2015—Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater presents The Myth-Adventures of Melanie Moe, a hilarious interactive theater performance that integrates tales from Greek mythology into a story with a modern day heroine. This exciting program takes place Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 3:30pm in the community meeting room at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater specializes in fast-paced, hilarious performances for kids. Audience members provide sound effects, become scenery, and even get to be the stars of the show. This is a free performance, appropriate for kids ages 8-12. Call 510-981-6223 for more information.
Enjoy Unlimited Possibilities @ Berkeley Public Library - Celebrate National Library Week -- April 12-18, 2015
March 30, 2015
Berkeley, March 30, 2015–The Berkeley Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 12 through 18, 2015), to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. “The theme for National Library Week is ‘Unlimited Possibilities @ your library’,” said Jeff Scott, Director of the Berkeley Public Library. “We serve Berkeley by providing wireless, computer access, technology classes, story times, adult literacy classes, concerts, author talks, books, magazines, videos, music and more—all free!”
March 26, 2015
Berkeley, March 26, 2015—Join the Textile Mavens, Catherine Durand and Fern Royce, and learn the principles of quilting as you create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilted bookmark . This workshop is at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) in the fourth floor Story Room on Monday, April 20 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Space is limited: call 510-981-6236 to register for a spot in one of the four half-hour sessions, ending with a 6:30pm session. All supplies are provided free of cost, and participants are invited to submit their work for inclusion in the library’s upcoming 34th Annual Quilt Show. This workshop is open to ages 6 and up.