Berkeley Public Library Gives Reception to Honor and Thank Friends of the Berkeley Public Library for Sixty Years of Service

September 04, 2014

Contact: Donna Corbeil
Director, Library Services
 Berkeley Public Library
510- 981-6195

Berkeley Public Library Gives Reception to Honor and Thank
Friends of the Berkeley Public Library for Sixty Years of Service

Berkeley, September 4, 2014—Join Berkeley Public Library staff and others in honoring and thanking the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library for sixty years of service to the community and to the Library at a public reception on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the Central library in the  3rd floor community room.  This significant anniversary for one of the Library’s long standing support groups will be celebrated with a special cake, cards, music and words of thanks from their many fans. The Berkeley Public Library also created a special library card in the Friends’ honor for National Library Card Sign up Month.

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library came into being after the idea was introduced at a Berkeley Women’s Town Council meeting on September 24, 1954. Since then the Friends have grown and prospered with two successful bookstores. One is located in the lobby of the Central Library, at 2090 Kittredge Street, that has operated since 2002 and the other store is at 2433 Channing Way in the Sather Gate Mall and was established in 1998. They also have a very popular online bookstore.

According to Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services, “The Friends are such a treasure, their annual gift to the Library is used to support special events and programs, especially the annual summer reading program, loved by children and all ages, I am so excited to have this chance to really celebrate their members and all they do!”

To learn more about the Friends organization, membership and book sales go to:  The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) memberships organization dedicated to enhancing the Berkeley Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts and operated by volunteers.

The Central Library is located at 2090 Kittredge Avenue and is open Monday, noon - 8 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.   

Wheelchair accessible. For questions, 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 five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website: