December 2023

January Library Happenings

December 27, 2023

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As we turn the page on 2023, all of us at Berkeley Public Library wish you the very best for the year ahead. We look forward to wowing you with engaging programs, offering you lots of good new reads and welcoming you warmly into our libraries in 2024. Happy New Year!

New Year New Chapter with fireworks in background

January Event Highlights 

Planner Your Life

North
Saturday, January 6

2pm

Bring your planner, desk calendar, digital dailies, and stacks of post-it notes... we're going to make your schedule work for you! We'll review bullet journals, passion planners, and internet-based calendars to help you match your needs to the right tools. 

Create Your Own Calendar

Central
Tuesday, January 9

4pm

Join us for a workshop where we will create colorful planners using a free, online software tool called Canva. Once created, librarians will be available to print and laminate your created calendar so you can take it home with you.

Family Photo Fun

Central
Saturday, January 6

3pm

Take a photo with your loved ones (chosen family included!) using your device on a throne at the Library. We will print it and then you can use our crafting supplies to make it into something fun!

Treasures in Job Postings That Can Set You Up for Success

Virtual
Tuesday, January 9

5pm

Insights from job postings allow you to “try on” the duties and responsibilities, sense the organization culture, assess the employer’s expectations, and evaluate your opportunity to move into a desirable career path. Do they fit you?

Skill & Idea Share: Moving Away from Plastics

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Tuesday, January 9

6pm

Come join your neighbors in connecting, learning and resource sharing! Bring some extra garden harvest, clothes, books, tools you no longer need, a dish or beverage to share, or just your interest in building a resilient community for this monthly program. This month's conversation will explore alternatives to the plastic things in our lives and sharing our personal tricks for moving towards a plastic-free future.

Mushroom Cultivation

West
Wednesday, January 10

5:30pm

Teen Craft Club

Central
Fridays

4pm

Kindness Word Art for Ages 8-80

Claremont
Saturday, January 13

2pm

Entrepreneurship in the Design World

West
Saturday, January 20

2pm

Nooworks clothes company founder Jennifer D'Angelo will talk about how she started her company.

Reading Buddies: Kindergartners - 3rd Graders

Central
Mondays: January 22nd & 29th, February 5th & 12th
4pm and 4:30pm sessions 

Reading buddies build confidence in young readers and makes reading fun. Kids will be paired with a teen mentor for 30 minutes to read together and play word games. 

Berkeley Youth Poet LaureateBerkeley Youth Poet Announcement & Celebration

Central Teen Room
Tuesday, January 23
6pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and performances as we announce our first-ever Berkeley Youth Poet Laureate and Vice Youth Poet Laureate!

Concert for Children:

Folk Music with Bonnie Lockhart

Tarea Hall PIttman South
Saturday, January 27
10:30am

The Insect Discovery Lab

North
Saturday, January 27
11am

Improv 101 for Adults

West
Saturday, January 27
2pm


Learn core improv values of acceptance, spontaneity, and teamwork as you play fun games that open up your imagination and build confidence.

Lego Day: All Things Lego!

Central
Saturday, January 27
2pm

Books, crafts, lego enginerring session with Cal doctoral students and more. All legos provided. Please register in advance.

There are many more programs happening at all five of our libraries and online:

Event Calendar

Collection Update: Scholastic Books are now on hoopla

Our selection of graphic novels for young readers online just got even better with the addition of titles from Scholastic. Along with their Graphix imprint, this new offering includes popular series like Dog Man, Baby-Sitters Club, Wings of Fire, and I Survived, plus work from award-winning creators like Raina Telgemeier.

Explore hoopla

Do You Discover & Go?
Reserve your Free Museum Experiences for 2024 

Berkeley resident cardholders can spend the day gliding through an art museum, learning more about science, observing animals or playing pinball on a vintage pinball machine all for FREE!

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Thank you Foundation & Friends!

All Libraries are closed on Monday, January 1, for the New Year's Day holiday and Monday, January 1,5 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

All Libraries will open one hour late (at 11am) on Friday, January 19, due to an all staff meeting.

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December Library Happenings

December 06, 2023

Event Highlights

Kids: Learn About Ohlone Culture

Central
Saturday, Dec 2
3pm

 

Kids: Play Lotería & Learn Spanish from a Luchador!

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, Dec 2
3pm

Alzheimer Talk: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Claremont
Monday, Dec 4

12noon

Experiencing Housing Discrimination?  

Central
Tuesday, Dec5
10am

 

 

 

Local Author Talk: Allison Landa

North
Wednesday, Dec 6
6:30pm

 

Landa, whose work has been featured in Business Insider , Parents MagazineThe Guardian USThe Washington Post, and HuffPost Personal among other publications, wrote her memoir, The Bearded Lady, as an account of life with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. 

 

 

Local Author Talk: Obi Kaufmann

North
Tuesday, Dec 12
6:30pm

 

Author Obi Kaufmann visits North Branch to discuss his new book California Deserts, the final volume in his California Lands Trilogy.  Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

 

Author Talk: Sacha Lamb

North
Thursday, Dec 14
6:30pm

 

Join author Sacha Lamb as they discuss their book, When the Angels Left the Old Country, winner of the Stonewall Award and the Sydney Taylor Award and Best of the Year Award from NPR, New York Public Library and Kirkus.

 

Book Release Celebration: Authors James Spooner & Chris L. Terry + live musical performance with Brontez Purnell

924 Gilman
Saturday, Dec 9
2pm

 

Join us for a very special Library event as we celebrate the release of BLACK PUNK NOW, an anthology co-edited by punk rock authors James Spooner and Chris L. Terry. Contributors to the collection include critic Hanif Abdurraqib and cartoonist Raeghan Buchanan, conversations with Brontez Purnell, and a roundtable of all femme festival organizers.

 

 

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Docent Talk Series

Tarea Hall Pittman South

 

Come to these talks to learn more about each show and the exciting 2023-2024 season at the Rep:

Dec 13 - Harry Clarke *** new date

Jan 31- Cult of Love
March 13 - The Far Country
May 15 - Galileo
June 19 - Mother Road

 

The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Kids and Parents

West
Thursday, Dec 7
5pm


The sandwich generation is the “caught-in-the-middle” generation, the group of middle-aged adults who are simultaneously raising children and supporting their aging parents. This can be physically, financially, and/or emotionally draining. This presentation covers the common stressors for caregivers and ways to deal with them.

 

Kids: Musical Story Time

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Thursdays (excluding12/28)
10:30am

 

 

Teens: Math & Science Tutoring with Go Bears Cal Tutors

Central
Thursdays
4pm

 

Kids: Kwanzaa Story Time

North
Wednesday, Dec 27
10:30am

 

 

Welcome To Karamu!

Zoom
Wednesday, Dec 27
12pm

 

You're invited to come prepare a traditional Kwanzaa meal with AAVE Cafe and Berkeley Public Library staff! You'll get to do some cooking, take home a plate, and keep all the custom recipe cards for your next New Years Eve and Karamu party plans.

 

 

Get Crafty, in Community!

 

All Ages Beginning Origami Class

North
Saturday, Dec 2

11am

Adults & Teens: Knitting Group (with snacks!)

Central
Tuesday, Dec 5
3:30pm

 

Teen Cookie Decorating

North
Saturday, Dec 9
1pm

 

Knot Bad: Teen Knitting

North
Tuesday, Dec 12
3:30pm

 

Knitting Circle

North
Wednesday, Dec 13
5pm

 

Winter Vibes Stamp Making

West
Saturday, Dec 16
11am

 

Mindful Making in Community

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, Dec 16
11am

 

Wire Jewelry Basics 

North
Saturday, Dec 16
2pm

 

Needle Felted Craft Cards

Claremont
Saturday, Dec 16
3pm

 

Adults & Teens: Mend it !

North
Thursday, Dec 28
5pm

 

Collage for the New Year

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, Dec 28
5:30pm

 


Prefer to stay home, snuggle in & get creative?

Stream thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists on Creativebug which is FREE with your Berkeley Public Library card! Classes include Knitting + Crochet, Art + Design, Paper Art, Sewing + Quilting, Jewelry Making, Kids Food Fun, and Holiday + Party.


 

Kid-focused Crafts

Kids: Fun Friday Crafts

North
Fridays

3pm

Kids: Winter Magic Crafternoons

Claremont
Tuesdays (excluding Dec 26)

3pm

Creative Art Play with MOCHA (Museum of Children's Art)
 

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Thursdays at 3:30pm


Central, 3rd floor
Fridays at 3:30pm


 

Learn String Figures & Tricks

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Wednesday, Dec 27
4pm

 

 

There is always a lot going on at our Libraries with programs for a variety of interests & ages. Come browse for books and stay for a program!

More November Events
 

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

 

Streaming Service Update: Kanopy "Credits" are the now Kanopy "Tickets"

Watch the same great independent, international, classic and documentary films FREE with your Berkeley Public Library card and Kanopy but now your monthly views are tracked via "tickets," not "credits."

 

Stream Movies Now
 

Hello Winter Weather! Preparedness Workshop at Strawberry Creek Park

Bomb Cyclones? Atmospheric rivers? Pineapple express? Oh My!

The City of Berkeley invites you and your whole family to get ready for everything winter 2024 may have in store. Join us for a Hello Winter Weather! Preparedness Workshop at Strawberry Creek Park on Saturday December 9, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Start the morning by learning about Berkeley’s winter weather outlook for the year and add your voice to the 2024 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan at 10:00 am at Berkeley Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702. After a short winter weather talk, stick around for hands-on demos and activities with City of Berkeley Public Works team!

Learn how to Adopt a Storm Drain

Fill and place sandbags to protect your home and take some home for free!

Check out our diorama of a mini-Berkeley to learn about how stormwater travels through our city and how you can protect our watershed

See flood fighting equipment in action

Staff will lead guided walks of Strawberry Creek throughout the event, where you can learn more about how to be a friend to Berkeley’s precious stormwater infrastructure and the broader ecosystem of the Bay.

Get resources and information from other partners to get prepared for winter storms

All activities and training are designed to be accessible and engaging for people of all ages.

Parking is available at the Berkeley Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702. The majority of the demos and activities will take place on West Street, just north of the park.

For more information or questions, please email the Office of Emergency Services at oes@berkeleyca.gov

 

 

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation partners with our community to broaden support for our Library. This year, gifts to the Foundation will fund librarian-led innovations, building improvements, technology and multimedia software for creative use, fresh furniture and equipment upgrades for the neighborhood branches, and expansion of services for those in greatest need. Help keep our Library strong. Learn more here

 

Library Services Reminder


All library locations will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, Dec 25, 2023

  • Monday, Jan 1, 2024

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