July Library Happenings

July 01, 2023
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Community Survey

Help shape the future of Berkeley Public Library! We are working on a strategic plan and need your feedback to make improvements and prioritize initiatives.

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Come Talk to Us

Want to chat and provide feedback for the strategic plan? Attend a session via Zoom or an in-person drop-in session at your local branch. We value your time and input!


Dates & Times


Upcoming Local Author Events

 

Janet Byron & Robert Johnson

North
Saturday, July 8
2pm

Celebrate the publication of the 3rd Edition of Berkeley Walks.

Byron and Johnson will lead a guided walk from North and then return to the branch for a book launch celebration with cake.

 


Cartoons and Crime:
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and Rita Sapunor

Central
Saturday, July 8
2pm

Calling all true crime fans and graphic novel fans! Come downtown to Central for a conversation on the blending of humor, nonfiction, and comics.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is a cartoonist for the New Yorker and the author of the graphic novel Murder Book which details her true crime obsession.

Rita Sapunor is an Oakland-based autobiographical cartoonist for New York Magazine, Vice, and the RESIST anthologies. Most recently she illustrated She The People: A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women's Equality.


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Hannah Michell

North
Wednesday, July 26
6:30pm

Berkeley-based writer and professor, Hannah Michell will discuss her new novel Excavations with Left Margin LIT Co-founder David Roderick.

Michell's work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Mslexia and Asian Review of Books.


July is National Zine Month

DIY Zines for Adults & Teens

West
Wednesday, July 5 & 19
6pm

Intro to Zines for All Ages

Central
Saturday, July 8
1pm

Make a Zine with Bay Area Queer Zine Fest

Central
Saturday, July 15
2pm

How to Make Comic Zines for Adults & Teens

Central
Friday, July 21
4pm


More July Highlights

woman smiling holding pen and paper.

Plan Your Next Vacation with Library Resources

Central
Monday, July 17
1pm

Learn how to leverage online tools, our e-book travel collection and other library resources to plan your next vacation.


International Chess Day Tournament

North
Saturday, July 22
2-5pm

The Library is holding a first ever International Chess Day Tournament with two separate age categories, youth and adults.

Trophies and medals will be up for grabs in this causally competitive competition. Come test your skills and meet some other chess fanatics!

Register


Intro to US Citizenship

Virtual via Zoom
Thursday, July 20
6:30pm

Learn about different parts of the citizenship test, the application process, how to get a tutor and help studying for the test. Plus, learn about library resources to practice for the test on your own.


ChatGPT and Me: Learn to Use AI Technology

Central
Wednesday, July 26 @ 2pm
Saturday, July 29 @ 2pm


Come to our computer lab downtown and try out some of the newest AI technologies, including Chat GPT (text generator) and DALL-E (art generator).

Members from the UC Berkeley Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public will be there to facilitate a discussion of these new technologies and the governance surrounding them.


Latin Jazz Concert: Charged Particles

Central, 5th Floor
Friday, July 28
4pm

Join Bay Area jazz trio Charged Particles for an afternoon of funky Latin jazz.

Jazz News Magazine describes their music as “fresh, energized jazz that showcases the trio’s individual technical mastery" and the Los Angeles Times compliments their “tight interplay, spark, and personal flair.”


Learn to Play Ukulele

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, July 1
2pm

*We will have a limited number of ukueleles available. Feel free to bring your own!

Teamwork Thursday: Bring Your Own Work or Project

Claremont
Thursdays
6pm

Free Bike Repair

North
Friday, July 7
10:30am
Tarea Hall Pittman South
Thursday, July 20
12noon

Death Cafe - Discussion Group

West
Saturday, July 8
1:30pm

Resumes Workshops via Zoom

Tips to Add Zest, Impact & Memorability
Tuesday, July 11
5pm

Resumes + How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
Tuesday, July 25
5pm

collage of saxophone playerCollage in Community & Listen to Coltrane

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Thursday, July 13
6:30pm

Board Game Night for Adults

North
Wednesday, July 12
5pm

Cafe Ohlone Talks: Cooking Demonstration

via Zoom
Wednesday, July 12
6pm

Poetry Circle

Claremont
Tuesday, July 18
6pm

Queeraoke

Central
Tuesday, July 18
5:30pm

West
Thursday, July 20
5:30pm


Film at the Library

movie projectorCome watch great films with your neighbors! Claremont has weekly film screenings for adults and a special animated afternoon for kids. West has a film & discussion club for adults and a summer movie series for kids. Tarea Hall Pittman South has bi-weekly film screenings this summer. Want to stay home and stream great films for free? We have recommendations.


Teens: Become Berkeley's First Ever Youth Poet Laureate


The Berkeley Youth Poet Laureate Program is a project to elevate and amplify Berkeley teens’ voices through poetry. Teens will get a chance to explore their civic voices, join a cohort of young writers, and help nurture a writing environment at the library and in school this Fall.

One person will be named Berkeley Youth Poet Laureate for 2024!

Applications accepted July 1 – September 5.


More Information


Teens: Stranger Things Party

North
Tuesday, July 18
4pm!

Dungeons & Dragons Club for Ages 14-22

West
Tuesday, July 25
4pm

  


Lunch at the Library

Ages 18 and under: Through August 10, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (except July 4th) lunch will be served at the Central Library from 12noon - 2pm.

Also, join activities like art and writing workshops, story times, cooking demos, films, and more. For example, on Thursday July 27, stay for comedy, juggling and hambone body percussion with Unique Derique.

Presented in collaboration with Berkeley Unified School District. Funding provided by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library and the CA State Library.


More Summer Fun for Kids

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

Central
Tuesdays
1-3pm

Family Game Night

West
Thursday, July 6
5:30pm

 Traveling Reptile Show

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Tuesday, July 18
3:30pm

Cascada de Flores: Concert "The Wizard & the Mermaid" in English & Español

Claremont
Friday, July 14
3pm

three ladis in balinese costumes dancing

 

Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Balinese Music and Dance

Claremont
Saturday, July 22
3pm

Evening Story Times

Central
Mondays @ 6:30pm

North
Thursdays @6:30pm

*Feel free to wear your PJs!

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo - 100+ instruments!

West
Saturday, July 22
2-4pm

Cartooning for Kids

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Saturday, July 22
3pm

hands holding stringLearn String Tricks (ages 7 & up)

Tarea Hall Pittman South
Tuesday, July 25
4pm

 

Germar the Bilingual (Español & Spanish) Magician

West
Friday, July 28
3:30pm

Award-winning Magician James Chan - 15 years old!

North
Saturday, July 29
11am

Don't Forget to Sign up for Summer Reading!

Adults, Teens & Kids: join us this for reading and learning fun this Summer (ends August 5th).

Read (or listen to) books, do activities, come to library events, and win great prizes too. Free sign-up books, too, while supplies last.

fanciful drawing of people riding boats and whales floating in the sky with clouds.


There is much more happening in July!

Event Calendar


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

Library Services Updates

• The Library's website www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org has a plug-in that quickly translates it into 100+ languages.
• All locations open late on Friday, June 30 at 11am for an all staff meeting.
• All Library buildings are closed on Tuesday, July 4.


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