June 2013

“Super Cinema” Film Series at Central Library

June 28, 2013

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

Summer’s here and the Berkeley Public Library’s film series “Super Cinema” continues, starting July 5.  Each month we explore a different theme or genre on Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. July’s theme is Resisting Injustice.  On July 5, we’ll show “Stonewall Uprising”. Eyewitness accounts and archival footage tell the whole story of the June 1969 riots in New York City that sparked the gay rights movement.  In “Sophie Scholl: the Final Days” on July 12, we follow the history of student members of the German Resistance.  July 19 brings “The Counterfeiters”, in which a man arrested for forging papers for Jews in Nazi Germany is conflicted when forced to train counterfeiters to undermine the Allies’ economies.  July 26’s film is “The Rosa Parks Story”, which examines the life of seamstress and secretary of the Montgomery NAACP, whose brave act inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott and sparked the civil rights movement. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org). For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6148.  For accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY (510) 528-1240, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

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Opera in the Library

June 19, 2013

Contact:  Debbie Carton

Berkeley Public Library presents a free noontime lecture/concert featuring West Edge Opera on Thursday, July 11, at 12:15 pm.  General Director Mark Streshinsky introduces the company’s upcoming production, The Turn of the Screw.  Conductor Jonathan Khuner will accompany cast members in selected arias.

Benjamin Britten’s final chamber opera The Turn of the Screw is based on the Henry James novella.  This classic ghost story is a tale of good versus evil, natural versus the supernatural, possession and exorcism, set within the domestic proprieties of the Essex country house of Bly.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 (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org).  For more information, call 510-981-6241 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. West Edge Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw opens July 20th at the Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School.  Read more about the show at www.westedgeopera.org.

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Berkeley Comic Arts Festival at the Berkeley Public Library

June 19, 2013

Contact: Jack Baur
Teen Services Librarian


As summer begins, the Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce additions to the line-up of the Berkeley Comic Arts Festival. Since May 2013, the Berkeley Comic Arts Festival has been bringing comic and graphic novel creators to the Berkeley Public Library to celebrate comic books and graphic novels, and their creators. The aim of these events is to explore the breadth of stories told through the comics form, and to promote comics and graphic novels as diverse, high-quality reading material for readers of all ages. The events that the library will be hosting will include author visits, workshops, and educational events. All of these events are free and open to all-ages, and will be held at the Central Library unless otherwise noted.   Darick Robertson June 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At the South Branch, 1901 Russell St at MLK Way Best known for his gritty art on satirical masterpieces Transmetropolitan and The Boys, as well as celebrated runs on Wolverine and Nightcrawler, the ever-entertaining artist Darick Robertson joins us at the South Branch for a look at the darker corners of the comic book world. Knowing Robertson’s work, the conversation may get salty, so parental guidance is suggested! A signing will follow at Fantastic Comics in Downtown Berkeley.   Library Wall Art Jam! June 21st, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. At the South Branch, 1901 Russell St at MLK Way Come watch local comic superstars draw all over our walls! Event will be held in the South Branch Teen Room. Featuring: Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Jason Shiga (Meanwhile, Empire State), Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty) and Thien Pham (Level Up, Sumo).   Ed Brubaker July 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. After creating award-winning stories for characters like Batman, Daredevil, and Catwoman, Ed Brubaker has returned to his noir roots with the genre-busting horror mash-up Fatale! The Berkeley Public Library is thrilled to welcome Brubaker for a conversation about his illustrious career, independent publishing, and what it's like to be known as the man who killed Captain America!   Handmade Comics Workshop with Ed Luce July 24th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 31st, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. August 7th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Have you started a comic, or do you have an idea for one, but are not sure how to put it together and get it into the hands of eager readers? Ed Luce, creator of the comic Wuvable Oaf and professor at California College of the Arts, talks equipment, materials and methods in this informative series of workshops on creating handmade comics and zines. Learn how to format, print, market your own handmade books!   Khalil Bendib Wednesday August 7th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. At the North Branch, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins With searing wit and a subversive outlook, Khalil Bendib works hard for his title "America's Most Dangerous Cartoonist!" Bendib's political cartoons are published in more than 2000 papers, including the New York Times and the LA Times. Zahra's Paradise, created with co-author Amir Soltani, is his first graphic novel, a moving account of Iran's Green Movement of 2009. At this special event, Bendib will be sharing his insights on the state of the Middle East alongside his biting comics. Political junkies will not want to miss this! Matt Kindt August 10th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Mind control, superspies, government conspiracies, psychic powers… welcome to the world of Matt Kindt! With his pulpy style and the twisty puzzles in his work, Kindt is making waves with creator-owned books like MIND MGMT and Superspy, and on hit titles like Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE and Wolverine and the X-Men! Get a firsthand tour through some of comics most unique and intriguing worlds at this can’t miss author event! A signing will follow at Fantastic Comics in Downtown Berkeley.   Jennifer Holm August 18th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. At the Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue at Ashby Kids of all ages love Babymouse, the adorable and irrepressible star of the hit comics series. Writer Jenni Holm will visit the Claremont Branch to talk about what it’s like to make comics with her brother, the wild success of Babymouse, what’s coming next for her beloved characters, and cupcakes! She’ll also be talking to parents about the importance of reading and the role that comics can play in children’s literacy development. This will be a fun event for the whole family.   This project is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Additional support provided by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org). For more information, call 510-981-6287 or connectwww.berkeleypubliclibrary.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 510-981-6100 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.

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Back to Viet Nam: The Legacy of War At the Berkeley Public Library

June 12, 2013

Contact: Jef Findley
Berkeley History Room Specialist

This is a slideshow and discussion presented by Dr. Judy Gumbo Albert presented in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday July 14, 2013.  This slideshow chronicles her trip as an anti-war activist to North Viet Nam in 1970 and her return trip in 2013 to help a unified Viet Nam celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords.  Judy uses slides and commentary to probe the past and current legacy of that war. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org), the free Slide Show & Discussion program at the Central Library takes place on Sunday July 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6107, TTY 510-548-1240, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.


Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Program at Berkeley Public Library

June 06, 2013

Contact:  Erica Dean Glenn
Senior Librarian
Children’s Department


Studies have shown that children who continue to read over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, avoiding the “summer slide”. Summer Reading Programs are an important and fun way to keep children reading over the summer months. The Berkeley Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading is So Delicious”, runs from June 14 – August 17. Children entering grades 1-8 earn prizes by reading books of their choice and visiting the library 3 times. In keeping with this year’s theme, we will be offering a variety of food related events and other deliciously fun activities. Berkeley Public Library is participating in the California State Library’s Reading is So Delicious Food Drive – everyone is invited to bring non-perishable food items to their local branch during the Summer Reading Program. Just a sampling of our events includes: a cooking class; movies about food and other (somewhat) edible things; a Children’s Tea with Annie Barrows, author of Ivy and Bean; bilingual music from award-winning educator, author and musician Jose-Luis Orozco; Kenn Adams’ interactive Adventure Theater program and; in conjunction with the Berkeley Comic Arts Festival, a visit from the author of Babymouse! Please be aware that some events require pre-registration. Call 981-6223 or check http://berkeleypubliclibrary.libguides.com/summer for information and additional events. Kids entering grades 6-8 can also volunteer at the library for four hours through our summer youth volunteer program: “Student Friends”. Prizes were generously donated by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, Fentons Creamery, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Pegasus Books, Albany Bowl, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Markets. The Berkeley Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org). For questions about accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

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Imagine Being In A Writing Group: Why Would You Want To?

June 06, 2013

Contact: Isobel Schneider
(Tel: 510-981-6150)

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 3pm at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street, downtown Berkeley, 3rd floor Community Meeting Room

Join three energetic Berkeley poets as they offer a reading of their work, discuss the experience of participating in poetry writing groups (including their current writing group together), and answer questions you may have about writing groups.  Bring your questions – or share your own experience and expertise – about how to start up a group, run it, and keep it going. Rebecca Radner, Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern will address such issues as why one might want to join a group at all, how to give feedback that is useful but positive, whether or not it's best to concentrate on one genre, and whether the group needs a leader.  Your active participation in the discussion and Q & A is welcome. Rebecca Radner is a writer and editor who has lived in the Bay Area most of her life. She now lives in Berkeley.  A volume of her poetry, What you least expect—selected poems 1980-2011, was published in 2011 by Class Action Ink.  Her work has also appeared in Harvard Magazine, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, The Iowa Review, The New England Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, California Quarterly, ArtWeek, Inquiring Mind, Boston Review, What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop, and other publications, anthologies, and textbooks. For over twenty years she reviewed books regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.  She has given poetry readings in a number of Bay Area venues, including many libraries. Glenn Ingersoll has been writing poetry seriously since turned on to it by a California Poets-in-the-Schools class at his high school in 1982. In the years since he's had work in magazines (Seventeen, Exquisite Corpse, Carolina Quarterly) and ezines (Cortland Review, Shampoo), and has published two chapbooks, City Walks (1999) and Fact (2013). He was one of the coordinators of Poetry & Pizza in San Francisco, a reading series benefiting nonprofits. Glenn keeps two blogs, http://dareiread.blogspot.com/ and http://lovesettlement.blogspot.com/, and works for the Berkeley Public Library. Alan Bern is a Children’s Librarian at Berkeley Public’s Central Library.  He has worked in public libraries in the East Bay Area for 20 years in a variety of jobs. He has published two books with Fithian Press:  No no the saddest (2004) and Waterwalking in Berkeley (2007).  He is currently at work on two books: one based on the theme of Sacred Mountains and the other dedicated to his parents.  Alan is a performer working with the dancer, Lucinda Weaver, as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space.  Alan is also a printer and designer and collaborates with the artist Robert Woods: they work together under the imprint of Lines & Faces, http://linesandfaces.com/. For more information, please call 510-981-6148. 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, berkeleypubliclibrary.org.



Corporate Giving to Nonprofits - Free workshops at the Berkeley Public Library

June 04, 2013

Contact: Andrea Moss Librarian 510-981-6151



Corporate Giving to Nonprofits Free workshops at the Berkeley Public Library

Wednesday, June 19  3-5:30pm Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St 3rd floor community meeting room 3-4:30 pm   Introduction to Corporate Giving Learn about corporate support for nonprofits.  Includes:

  • Why do companies give, what do they give, and how do they do it?
  • Can my organization seek these contributions?
  • How do I approach a potential supporter?
  • How can I use the Foundation Center’s resources to locate corporate funders?

  4:30-5:30 pm   Coffee and conversation with a Corporate Grantmaker: Keith Turner, Safeway Foundation Learn about Safeway’s funding priorities in Northern California.  Mr. Turner will discuss their grantmaking process and offer practical tips and successful examples.   Program is free, but please register at www.grantspace.org This free program is sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library and the Foundation Center.  For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6151. For accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY (510) 528-1240, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.


Free Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Monday, June 17, 2013

June 03, 2013

Contact:   Patricia Hoshi (Ph:  510-981-6189)

Free Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Monday, June 17, 2013

Looking for work and need to update your resume? Or just want to improve the resume you have? Come with your resume to a free expert-led forum by Marilyn Tullius from Delta Strategies for Marketing, in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013. Does your resume ignite sparks of interest? You will receive tips on handling gaps in employment, focusing your resume on your targeted job category, and becoming clear about the dilemmas of resume writing, such as one-page/two-page resumes, what to include/delete, handling dates, and many other issues. Handouts cover tips and remedies for common problems. Resumes of various types are discussed. Bring your resume to get feedback and suggestions to strengthen your presentation. Workshop is informal and designed to address issues of participants, as well as to help participants take next steps confidently. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6148. For accessibility information, call (510) 981-6195 TTY (510) 548-1240, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org.



WEAD presents: Minoosh (Raheleh) Zomorodinia “Journey to a Mysterious Truth”

June 03, 2013

Contact: Michele McKenzie
phone: 510-981-6240

For an exhibit June 3rd – August 4th
Artist talk and reception Sunday, June 16th


Women Environmental Artist Directory (WEAD) board member Minoosh (Raheleh) Zomorodinia exhibits a series of photographs entitled Journey to a Mysterious Truth in Berkeley Public Library’s Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley, from June 3rd through August 4th.  Zomorondinia’s haunting and evocative images explore the relationship between the self and its environment. She uses the human form as a metaphor for our presence in physical spaces, expressing our unconscious passages through layers of mysterious truths. Access to the exhibit is available during the library’s open hours: Monday 12 – 8; Tuesday 10- 8; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 – 6; Sunday 1 – 5. In conjunction with this exhibition, Zomorodinia will present a slide lecture on Environmental Art in Iran and screen of examples of her video art.   This FREE artist’s talk and reception takes place on Sunday, June 16th at 2PM in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library. Minoosh (Raheleh) Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer and artist based in the Bay Area. She earned a BA in photography and a MA in graphic design from the Art and Architecture University in Tehran, Iran, and is currently studying Multimedia at Berkeley City College.  Zomorodinia taught photography in Iran and has been a member of the Iranian environmental artists group "Open Five" from 2004 to present. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Most recently in the U.S., her work was included the Nevada Art Museum’s exhibition, The Altered Landscape. Wheelchair accessible.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org).  For more information, call 510-981-6100 or connect  www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org [gallery link="file"]