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January 29, 2016
Berkeley CA-- January 29--Bay Area poet Judy Bebelaar reads her poems, followed by an interview and discussion on Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00pm, February 27th at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Bebelaar taught in San Francisco public high schools for 37 years, and her students won many writing honors, including eight Scholastic Writing Awards. Bebelaar’s poetry has also won prizes and has been published widely, including in the anthologies The Widows’ Handbook (Kent State University, 2014), Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2012) and River of Earth and Sky (ed. Diane Frank, Blue Light Press, 2015).
January 06, 2016
Berkeley CA--January 9, 2016—The Berkeley Public Library is offering two chances to hear Berkeley resident Dora Apsan Sorell, a 94 year old survivor of Auschwitz this month. Ms. Sorell is speaking at North Branch on Wednesday, January 13, at 3:30pm and at the Central Library on Saturday, January 30 from 1:00-2:30pm. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6123. A retired physician, lecturer and writer, Sorell was born in Sighet, a small town in northern Romania, into a very traditional Jewish family. She graduated high school in 1940 as the occupying Hungarian fascist regime started to persecute the Jews. In 1944 the Nazis occupied Hungary, deporting the entire Jewish population of her town to Auschwitz. Sorrel lost her parents, two brothers and most of her extended family.
Susan Griffin
December 30, 2015

Contact: Isobel Schneider
Berkeley Public Library
510-981-6150

November 12, 2015
Berkeley, California (November 6, 2015) – The Berkeley Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) has appointed Beth Pollard as the Interim Director of Library Services, Chair Abigail Franklin announced today. Filling the vacancy from the departure of former Director Jeff Scott in September, Pollard will step in to provide management oversight for the Library as it prepares to recruit a new director.
November 05, 2015
Author Patty Enrado presents her debut novel, A Village in the Fields, at the Berkeley Public Library on Saturday, December 6, 2015, at 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Enrado reads from her historical novel and discusses the Filipino-American farm workers who sparked the historic Delano Grape Strike in September 1965, which led to the formation of the United Farm Workers union. This FREE program takes place in the 3rd Floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library.
October 19, 2015
Berkeley CA – October 19, 2015—The Berkeley Public Library is going live on a one Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) broadband Internet connection on Friday, October 23, 2015! Alicia Abramson, the Library’s Manager of Information Technology says, “The Library recently conducted surveys of the Berkeley community and Library staff. In both surveys, the number one priority of those who responded was to increase the Library’s Internet connection speed.
October 15, 2015
Berkeley CA, October 15, 2015 –We sometimes think of libraries as a place where youth come to study or hang out. Maybe even a place to get noisy. But what about a place to sing? Berkeley Public Library presents Chanticleer’s Youth Choir in a free performance of vocal music on Sunday, November 8, at 3:00pm at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), on the fifth floor in the Art & Music department. For more information, call 510-981-6241.
October 15, 2015
Berkeley CA. October 15, 2015—Berkeley Public Library is proud to announce that the Library's West Branch is in the news again—this time for winning two awards, one for design and the other for lighting. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the West Branch Library was honored by the American Institute of Architects East Bay Annual Design Awards. Out of 72 projects that were submitted and out of only 35 projects that submitted energy/ performance and sustainability criteria, West Branch Library scored the highest in sustainability. It also won an AIA EB Citation Design Award. Gerald Lee AIA of HMC Architects said, “I am proud to be associated with the project and everyone here who worked so hard on this project. He finished with, “I think this a great achievement for the City and Library.”
October 02, 2015
Berkeley CA October 2, 2015 — Bassist Aaron Germain, drummer Deszon Claiborne and composer and pianist William Beatty will deliver an afternoon of inspired original music and beloved standards when the Claremont Branch Library welcomes the Fountain Rock Trio on Saturday, November 7 at 4:00pm. With influences ranging from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds and Sergei Prokofiev, their music defies categorization but never fails to entertain. Join us for this free concert. For more information, please call 510-981-6280.
September 29, 2015
Berkeley, September 23, 2015 – Twilight is coming earlier and earlier. Soon Jack o’ lanterns and skeletons will appear on porches. Trick or treating is on kids’ minds, but why should children have all the fun? Adults and teens, come celebrate Halloween at the Berkeley Public Library with a Southern Gothic masterpiece, William Faulkner’s short story, A Rose for Emily. This free performance is on Saturday, October 31 at 3:00pm at Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) in the fourth floor Story Room.
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