The VNote Ensemble at Berkeley Public Library

Contact: Debbie Carton (Ph: 510-981-6236)

As part of the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival, the Berkeley Public Library presents The VNote Ensemble in concert. Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, The VNote Ensemble defiantly ignores musical boundaries to create a new direction, incorporating joropo and swing, gaita and soul, be-bop and calypso among many others. Join us on Thursday, August 23, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), on the 5th floor in the Art & Music department. Find out more about the many exciting concerts in the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival at www.downtownberkeleymusicfest.org. This free program is sponsored by Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6241.  For accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY (510) 528-1240, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org

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Talk and Slideshow by Lincoln Cushing: All Of Us Or None: Social Justice Posters of the Bay Area

Contact: Dayna Holz 510-981-6241

Author Lincoln Cushing discusses his new book, All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the Bay Area, and the history of poster collecting in the region, at the Berkeley Public Library on Sunday, August 5th, at 2pm, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, in the 3rd floor Community Room. The slideshow and talk explains multiple themes related to the exhibition “All of Us or None,” currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California. The book, published by Heyday, features the massive poster collection assembled by Berkeley Free Speech activist Michael Rossman. In addition to exploring why the Bay Area is so rich in this medium, an under recognized yet vital component in popular public discourse, Cushing will talk about the role of "citizen-collectors" like Rossman who turn their informed passions into cultural treasures for all to share. This is a FREE event. For more information, please call 510-981-6241 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Berkeley resident Lincoln Cushing has at various times been a printer, artist, librarian, archivist, and author. He is involved in numerous efforts to document, catalog, and disseminate oppositional political culture of the late 20th century. His books include Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art (Chronicle Books, 2003), Visions of Peace & Justice: 30 Years of Political Posters from the Archives of Inkworks Press (2007), Agitate! Educate! Organize! - American Labor Posters (Cornell University Press, 2009) and an illustrated essay in Ten Years That Shook The City San Francisco 1968-1978 (City Lights Books, 2011). He is the guest curator at the Oakland Museum of California for the 2012 exhibition All Of Us Or None Poster Art of the San Francisco Bay Area and author of a catalog by the same title (Heyday, 2012). His research and publishing projects can be seen at www.docspopuli.org 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 www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. 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.


Pitch yourself like a Pro would! North Cities One Stop Job Club comes to the Berkeley Public Library

Contact:  Wendy Guzman
at 510-809-1330

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 on your efforts and support from others looking for work in a Networking Club at the Central Library on August 29th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  The North Cities One Stop’s  Job Club has its 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 Investment 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