April 2012

Pitch yourself like a Pro would!

April 30, 2012

Contact: Shani Leonards
510-981-6148

Networking is a huge part of a successful job search, but it requires skills that most of us need to work hard to develop, like the ability to succinctly pitch your qualifications to relative strangers at a moment’s notice.  Get feedback of your efforts and support from others looking for work in a new Networking Club that will meet at the Central Library on June 27th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  The North Cities One Stop’s  Job Club will have off- site meetings every other month in the third floor Community Meeting Room of Berkeley’s Central Library at 2090 Kittredge Street (at Shattuck Avenue). Folks who attend will have an opportunity to practice their elevator speeches, learn networking techniques from professionals and connect with other job seekers. Bring business cards, any job leads that you would like to share with others and be ready to practice the fine art of self-promotion. This is a Workforce Reinvestment Act funded program that is hosted each month in various locations across Berkeley by North Cities One Stop Development Center.  For more information on this program and to RSVP (required) contact Wendy Guzman, Employment Specialist, at 510-809-1330. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TDD 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Job Club Flyer

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International Business with the Alameda County Small-Business Development Center

April 24, 2012

Contact: Tom Dufour
510-981-6134

For entrepreneurs looking to start or expand an international business, on May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street. Global business operations is one of the fastest growing segments in the economy and, according to experts, expected to continue expanding at rates much higher than the U. S. domestic GDP. This class is a must if you are: - Expecting to expand internationally in the near future - Interested in International Finance - Wanting to learn how to source products overseas - Needing more information on how to sell internationally or how to structure international partnerships and joint ventures. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library  www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org.  For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6148, or visit www.acsbdc.org. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

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Book Into Film: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

April 23, 2012

Contact: Debbie Carton
Ph: 510-981-6236

Berkeley Public Library invites you to a viewing of Elia Kazan’s film of the Betty Smith novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The 1943 novel focuses on young Francie Nolan and her Irish-American’s family struggles to survive the Brooklyn tenement of Williamsburg in the early 1900s. Director Kazan insisted on black and white film for the 1945 film, which won Oscars for Peggy Ann Garner (Francie) and James Dunn as her charming but irresponsible father.  This was Kazan’s first feature film, and still garners critical acclaim. Discussion group participants will read the book at home and then gather at 1:30 on Sunday, May 27, 2012 in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street to view the film together. After viewing the film, participants will discuss the play, the movie and the adaptation process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this free Book into Film program at the Central Library takes place every other month and offers adult and teen patrons the opportunity to discuss books, films and the art of adaptation. Participation is limited and registration is required. Please call (510) 981-6236 to register for this program. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.  For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

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31st Annual Quilt Show at Berkeley Public Library

July 20, 2012

Contact: Debbie Carton
510-981-6236

Berkeley Public Library proudly presents the 31st Annual Quilt Show. Quilts will be on display at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) from May 1 – May 27, in the 1st floor gallery, second floor display cases and the  Historic Lobby. For the past three years, our show has focused on miniature quilts. This year, we include 19 larger quilts in addition to the smaller quilts. Accompanying the quilts is a display of antique miniature sewing machines from the collection of Eloine Ralph, donated by her sister Gwen Ralph. Visitors can take the self-guided tour, using a catalog describing each entry. As part of the Quilt Show, the library welcomes the Textile Mavens for a program on community quilts. Join us for Quilting by Committee, on Tuesday, May 8, from 6-7 p.m. in the third floor Community Meeting Room. This workshop and forum on community quilts features quilters Fern Royce and Catherine Durand (www.textilemavens.com). With more than a dozen community quilts under their belts, they will share their lessons learned and success stories. Learn how to best use group efforts to create quilts for a community, by a community. The free exhibit and program are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For further information, call 510-981-6241. For accessibility information, call 510-981-6195 TTY, 510-548-1240, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org

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Tenth Anniversary of the Berkeley Public Library’s Central Branch Reopening

April 04, 2015

Contact: Douglas Smith
Deputy Director of Library Services

510-981-6195

Friday, April 6, 2012 will mark the tenth anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Central branch of the Berkeley Public Library. In honor of this occasion, an exhibit of documentary photographs of the Central Library and how it looked before the renovation and expansion of the landmark 1931 Art Deco structure is being held in the beautiful historic lobby on the Library’s 2nd floor. Ten years ago as a result of $30 million provided by the voter-approved Measure S, the new 100,000 square foot Central opened with double the space of the old Central, and seven miles of shelves to house its extensive collections. Seven thousand visitors came on that first day to see one of downtown Berkeley’s major architectural landmarks, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and which met immediate praise by architectural critics including Berkeley’s own John King in the San Francisco Chronicle. Historic spaces were returned to their original beauty, and over ten years several million library patrons have enjoyed the many new features of the Library including the vastly expanded Children’s Room, the Berkeley History Room, the Art & Music floor with its views of the Golden Gate, and premium quality hardwood furniture built by local craftspersons . For a complete list of Berkeley Public Library locations, hours, and events please visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org

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