For seven years Diana Lorence lived a hidden life in an un-electrified, twelve-by-twelve-foot house she built herself, hidden in the woods of Northern California, in a world lit only by fire. Ms. Lorence will be accompanied by her husband, a director and ambassador of the Thoreau Society, as they speak of “Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden” on Saturday, October 1, at 3:00 PM at the Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge Street, in Berkeley.
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September 19, 2016
September 14, 2016
Berkeley, CA. September 14, 2016—If you have a small business you absolutely need a blog, but you need to do it right, says Karma Bennet, digital marketing and publicity strategist. The Library is sponsoring a free workshop on how to write professional blog on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:00-7:30 pm. This free training will be in the third floor Community Meeting Room in the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) in downtown Berkeley. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6148.
September 14, 2016
Berkeley CA, September 14, 2016—Author Cecile Pineda reads from her upcoming book, Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being, and shares 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. Professor Marcial González, UC Berkeley Dept. of English, and author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification will introduce her. There will be time for discussion and book signings after the reading. This free reading occurs Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Central Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge St., in the third Floor Community Meeting Room. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150.
September 12, 2016
Berkeley, CA. September 12, 2016—Berkeley Public Library is participating in a multi-library initiative aimed at bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literacy to public libraries called Cornerstones of Science. Over the next two years, we will be looking at ways that we can further integrate science-related activities and resources into our library’s daily operations. With the assistance of Brandeis University, the Library is surveying our patrons to better understand how you use the library and to gain your perspective on how the Library can support science literacy on a daily basis.
September 09, 2016
Berkeley CA. September 9, 2016—The Board of Library Trustees is pleased to announce it has named Heidi Dolamore Director of Library Services for the Berkeley Public Library; she will start on September 30, 2016. “Heidi Dolamore's experience, professional capabilities, and personal qualities will make her an outstanding leader for our Library,” said BOLT President Julie Holcomb, “I could not be more pleased!”
Berkeley Public Library Sponsors Mayoral Candidates Round Table: Solving Homelessness through Community and Collaboration
September 08, 2016
Berkeley, CA. September 8, 2016 – According to a January 2016 Berkeley City Council report, homelessness is on the rise. Beyond the immediate impact upon those living without shelter it is on the minds of Berkeley residents and business-owners, and is important to Berkeley voters this November. As the 2016 election cycle heats up, the Berkeley Public Library partnered with the Northbrae Community Church and Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action to bring you this discussion about homelessness.
Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures at the Central Berkeley Public Library
September 07, 2016
Berkeley, CA. September 7, 2016— How do our inborn cultural biases influence how we view things? Is a cow dinner, dowry, or divine? Learn more when Joe Lurie gives a fascinating talk on how culture shapes and informs our perceptions of the world. Join us for this free lecture on Tuesday, September 27, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the third floor Community Meeting Room at the Berkeley Public Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck). For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6148.
August 15, 2016
Berkeley, CA, August 15, 2016 – Libraries do much more than provide reading material. Berkeley Public Library is part of the Maker Culture. Create your own pair of cozy slippers with the mobile DIY GoGo Craft workshop when they visit the Claremont Branch on September 15, from 5:00-&:45, Learn step-by-step how to make cute felt slippers personalized for your feet (adorned with an octopus, flower or mustache). The slippers are yours to keep! All materials, tips, and tricks are provided free! Space is limited to 12 participants, ages 6 and up. Reserve your space today at Eventbrite.com. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6280.
August 15, 2016
Berkeley CA. August 15, 2016—A January 2016 report to the Berkeley City Council revealed that Berkeley’s unsheltered homeless population grew by 53% since 2009. Homelessness issues were mentioned by many community stakeholders during our strategic planning; in response we have partnered with local organizations to provide information about Homelessness. We invite everyone interested to Homelessness in Berkeley: a panel discussion on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm in the Central Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room. The panel will dispel stereotypes, demystify homelessness, and lay the groundwork for greater public understanding and involvement. A reception with panelists and community service providers follows the formal presentation. For more information about this event call 510-981-6150.
August 12, 2016
Berkeley, CA –August 12, 2016 – Learn more about college and careers at the Berkeley Public Library free Career Goals Workshop at the North Branch on Thursday, September 1 from 7:00-8:00pm. Bonnie Xu works with students U.C. Davis on college selection, professional behavior for college and work, and selecting a career. This free workshop is open to everyone, and is a great way for teens and adults to learn more about what they can do to explore future careers, research potential colleges, and learn professional skills. For more information, please call the North Branch at 510-981-6250.