September 2011

Berkeley Public Library Staff Art Show

September 13, 2011

Contact: Debbie Carton, Librarian, Art & Music 510-981-6236

Come see what the talented employees of the Berkeley Public Library do when they’re not at work! The 6th Annual Berkeley Public Library Staff Art Show will take place from September 26 through October 24, 2011 at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley. Original artwork will be on display in the Kittredge Street windows and on the first and second floors. The show includes painting, collage, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, beading and other unique arts. Enjoy the creativity of the library staff on your next visit to the Central Berkeley Public Library. Central Library hours are Monday 12-8, Tuesday 10-8, Wednesday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-5. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 510-981-6241 or visit


School Violence: Myths and Reality

September 09, 2011

Contact: Andrea Mullarkey

A Discussion with Annette Fuentes and Jody Sokolower at the Berkeley Public Library

Berkeley Public Library invites you to participate in a discussion of the myths and reality of school violence with Annette Fuentes and Jody Sokolower. Author Annette Fuentes and editor Jody Sokolower will speak about zero tolerance discipline and the school to prison pipeline at the Berkeley Public Library’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11. Annette Fuentes spent two years as an investigative reporter researching discipline systems in public schools. The result is her recently published book Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse which traces the penetration of prison culture into daily life in public schools. Jody Sokolower is co-editor of Rethinking Schools, a magazine about social justice education for K-12 teachers and education activists. Her work is informed by years of experience as a teacher in public schools including six years at Berkeley High School. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion of the way education policy impacts violence in our public schools. Berkeley’s Central Library is open Monday 12 noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. until 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 more info please call 510-981-6195 or visit Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least three working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

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Opera in the Library

September 07, 2011

Contact: Debbie Carton Librarian
Art & Music Department

Berkeley Public Library presents a free noontime lecture/concert featuring West Edge Opera on Thursday, October 6, at 12:15pm. The opera’s Artistic Director Mark Streshinksy introduces the company’s upcoming production, Ariadne aux Naxos. One of Richard Strauss’ most fascinating and beautiful works explores the intersection of pop and classical, with a “show within a show”, as a tragic grand opera is forced to share the stage with a troupe of comedians. Cast members will sing selected arias. The program takes place at the Central Berkeley Public Library, 5th Floor, 2090 Kittredge Street, which is wheelchair accessible. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 510-981-6241 or visit Berkeley West Edge Opera’s production of Ariadne aux Naxos opens October 30th at the Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School. Read more about the show at  

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