Berkeley, January 6, 2015—The Ninth Annual Berkeley Public Library Staff Art Show is on display now through February 1, 2015 at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street. Artwork is on display in the Kittredge Street windows and on the first, second and fifth floors of the library. See what the talented employees of the Berkeley Public Library do when they are not at work! The show includes paintings, collage, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, beading and other unique arts. For more information, call 510-981-6241.
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January 06, 2015
January 05, 2015
Berkeley, January 5, 2015—The holidays are over but there are many who do not have their basic needs met. Many of our neighbors are fighting hunger. Join the Berkeley Public Library in this fight! The Library is partnering with the Alameda County Community Food Bank throughout January 2015.
December 30, 2014
Berkeley CA, December 30, 2014—Berkeley resident and author Jeff Chang shares his insights on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 11:00 am the Central Library’s third floor community meeting room. He will discuss his new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, released by St. Martin's Press in October 2014. Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts and music. Who We Be remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6145.
December 29, 2014
Berkeley, December 29, 2014—Join the Berkeley Public Library’s Claremont Branch Book Club in discussing To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Our book club meets 6:30 - 7:45 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Claremont Branch. Then come back to view this classic film starring Gregory Peck, on Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 pm. Originally published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird became a best-seller, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Lee’s only published novel, with its memorable characters, layered meaning, powerful themes and vivid depiction of racism in the Depression-era South make for a great evening’s conversation and an afternoon’s viewing.
December 19, 2014
Berkeley CA, December 19, 2015—Ebola has been in the news lately. Should you worry? Learn the facts from Professor Art Reingold of UC Berkeley's Health who has worked on the prevention and control of infectious diseases for the past 30+ years. Professor Reingold will discuss the latest information concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on Saturday, January 10 at 2:00 pm in the third floor community meeting room in the Central Library, located in downtown Berkeley. Hear about the current state of the epidemic; control efforts, the development and use of new vaccines to prevent Ebola and new drugs treatments. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6145.
December 19, 2014
Berkeley, December 19, 2014—Are you concerned about parking in your neighborhood? Learn the results of the yearlong goBerkeley parking pilot from City of Berkeley’s Transportation Division staff. They will ask for community feedback and facilitate a discussion about the future of parking management in Elmwood and Citywide. Mark this date in your calendar: Thursday, January 22, from 6:00 – 7:45 pm at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. This free event is open to the public.
December 12, 2014
Rescheduled: Earl Scheelar and Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band Bring the Sounds of New Orleans to Berkeley Public Library’s Claremont Branch Berkeley, December 12, 2014—Earl Scheelar and the Zenith Jazz Band perform on Thursday, January 8, from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, at 2940 Benvenue @ Ashby in Berkeley. Earl Scheelar has led several bands, composed, and played coronet and clarinet for over 60 years. Founded in the1980s, the Zenith Jazz Band plays throughout the Bay Area and records their version of traditional jazz favorites. This concert will have you dancing in the stacks!
December 09, 2014
Ten Ways to Be A Healthier, Happier You in 2015 at the Claremont Branch Library Berkeley, December 9, 2014 –Join Dr. Shayna Orfus N.D. for a practical and interactive discussion on cultivating more vitality and well-being in 2015. This free event is Saturday, January 10 at 10:30 am at the Claremont Branch Library, located at 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley. Dr. Shayna Orfus N.D. is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Yoga Instructor who practices naturopathic medicine in Berkeley with a focus on Naturopathic Mental Health Care. Addressing the foundations of health from a holistic lens, she will explore tools to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Leave this talk with an action plan to bring a greater sense of wellness into your life for the New Year. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6280.
November 25, 2014
Your ‘Lucky Day’ at the Berkeley Public Library Berkeley, November 25, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library unveiled its latest new service, the ‘Lucky Day’ Collection, at all five locations, offering library users the chance to find in-demand books, movies and music when they visit. The collection includes materials for all users, from the youngest child to adult and everyone in-between. “This is a really fun way for users to get excited about what we offer in a more immediate way; the thrill of finding a popular ‘treasure’ on the shelf without waiting through a hold list is really exciting for our community,” says Rachel MacNeilly, the Library’s Collection Development, Adult and Teen Services Manager.
November 25, 2014
Berkeley, November 25, 2014—Berkeley Public Library is introducing a new service for the homebound—Books by Mail. We will send out books, movies and other library materials through the United States Postal Service. After use, patrons or caregivers simply mail the materials back to us with the convenient reusable packages. Pre-paid postage is included. Interested patrons need to fill out the application found on our website.