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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.
Second Street, Berkeley, oil, 2007 by Pete Najarian
July 08, 2014
Berkeley artist and author Pete Najarian exhibits a retrospective of his paintings at the Central Library from July 7th – August 3rd, 2014. All are invited to meet Najarian and discuss his work during an Artist Reception on Sunday, July 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the 1st floor Catalog Lobby of the Central Library.
June 17, 2014
Berkeley, CA. June 18, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library is conducting a series of town hall meetings throughout the City as part of an extensive outreach and planning process aimed at making the library as valuable as possible to all City residents. All community members are invited to attend a 90-minute meeting and help chart a course for the future of the Library.
crawing of big white dog reaqding to littl orange owl on green grass with blue sky.
June 10, 2014
Berkeley, June 10, 2014 —“Summer Slide” is a decline in kids’ reading ability over the summer and is a factor in the academic achievement gap. Studies show that kids who read during the summer beat this “slide” and may actually see their reading skills improve. The Berkeley Public Library’s Summer Reading Game, Paws to Read, combines books, library events, and prizes to encourage young people ages 0 to 13 to read this summer. The game, which runs from June 13 to August 16, 2014, asks young people to choose whether to keep track of the number of books or pages read, or time spent reading.Call 510-981-6223 for more information.
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