September Library Happenings

September Event Highlights

Silent Book Club, aka "Introvert Happy Hour"

Saturday, Sept 2

Bring your own book and enjoy some quiet reading time. Sip a free mocktail  and meet fellow readers. (Extroverts welcome too!)

The Joys of Chinese Brush Painting

Thursday, Sept 7

Learn about the legends of the Autumn Moon while artist-instructor Pauline Tsui presents a hands-on workshop for beginners. Supplies provided.

Open House at the Tool Lending Library (TLL)

Wednesday, Sept 13

TLL houses over 3500+ items, including standard tools, hardware and a diverse collection of culinary equipment. Bring your questions for our Tool Library Specialists.


Author Event with Newbery & Caldecott Honoree, Grace Lin
Thursday, Sept 14

From fried dumplings to fortune cookies, here is a children's book full of the tales behind your favorite foods.

Music & Dance with Herencia Guantanamera Haiti

Saturday, Sept 16

The rhythms of Eastern Cuba with the crossover influence of Haitian culture are sure to make you dance in the Library!

Documentary Screening & Meet-the-Director Event

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, Sept 16

A Rising Tide demonstrates that the homeless crisis is solvable.

After the screening, stay for the Q&A with local filmmaker Cheryl Fabio.


Block Printing Workshop: Y(our) Legacy for ages 15+

Saturday, Sept 16

Learn a new art skill and discover your personal liberation story with Sen Mendez, an indigenous multidisciplinary artist from Oakland (Huichin Territory).

Da Tu Opinión Sobre La Biblioteca (Reunión en Español)

Sábado, 16 de septiembre

¿Que te encanta? ¿Que te encantaría? ¿Qué necesitarías?

La biblioteca pública de Berkeley ha iniciado un proceso de planificación estratégica para un futuro en donde mejor servimos las necesidades de la comunidad. ¡Nos importan las opiniones de nuestra comunidad y queremos saber suyas! Esperamos verte en la sucursal West! Y si no puedes llegar, toma la encuesta en línea:

La Encuesta

Book Release & Poetry Performance

Saturday, September 23

Lora Mathis will read from her newly released second collection of poems, accompanied by Matty Terrones on the keyboard. Videos will also be played as part of the performance. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Lucha Libre Story Time with Luchador Meet & Greet

El Mago, wrestlerJacob Fatu, Wrestler

Saturday, September 23

Mexican wrestler El Mago will read and then share wresting moves with special guest wrestlers LoverBoy Leo, Jacob Fatu, Journey Fatu, Juicy Finau, and Parisi.

This story time event is geared towards both children and tweens.

In the Stax: Spoken Word & Percussion

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, September 26

Donté Clark is a spoken-word poet, actor, and writer based in California’s Bay Area. Clark will be accompanied by Juan Castillo on percussion.

Tweens & Teens: Start the School Year on a High Note

Tuesday, September 26

Middle and High school students, bring a parent and/or caretaker to learn together and practice strategies to help plan and prioritize, manage time, reduce distractions, and increase family harmony. Pizza and light snacks will be provided.


Poetry Writing Workshop Series with Left Margin LIT

September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18

Build a poetry community and foster a sense of playfulness in your writing. Poets of all experience levels are welcome.

There is much more happening for all ages in September...

Weekly teen events after school, gentle yoga for adults, knitting & craft groups for all ages, story times, science talks, a death cafe, the series with Ohlone Cafe, art talks, movie clubs, queeraoke, chess and more!

Browse Library Events

Programming is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Thank you, Friends!

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Last Chance: Take Our Survey

"Every voice matters. The acute challenges of library services during a pandemic have been met and it is time to cement a plan for the future that serves Berkeley’s diverse needs, now."

- Tess Mayer, Director of Library Services

We need to begin consolidating your feedback and drafting our strategic plan so if you haven't done so already, please take the community survey before before Sunday, September 17.
5 Minute Survey

Foundation Authors Dinner

Save the Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024

This year, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation is shaking things up with a new date for the annual Authors Dinner: we gather for an early evening Sunday celebration on March 3, 2023, giving you a chance to have some literary fun before the work week begins.

We'll honor 20 of the best and brightest authors in the Bay Area, so save the date in anticipation of a great night out in support of the Berkeley Public Library.


Library Services Updates

All locations be closed:

Monday, September 4 for Labor Day
Wednesday, September 20 for Staff Training