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!”
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.
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 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.
August 12, 2016
Berkeley, CA. August 12, 2016 – Making decisions about where to go to college, or even if college is a possibility, can be difficult. Peralta Colleges’ East Bay Career Pathways Consortium Director, Rebecca LaCocque, will lead a free workshop called What Can Community College Do for You? to help teens and adults interested in learning more about community colleges at the North Branch on Saturday, August 27 from 3:00 – 4:00pm.
July 25, 2016
Berkeley, July 25, 2016— On Hiroshima Peace Day, people all over the world stop to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki- and do what they can to see that it never happens again. Since 1995, the Berkeley Public Library has remembered the bombing with a reading of Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This year’s celebration is Tuesday, August 9, from 4:00-6:30pm in the fourth floor Children’s Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck). For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6236
July 12, 2016
Berkeley, July 12, 2016 – Four hundred years after his death, the Bard still draws our attention. Get a sneak peek at an innovative new Shakespeare production from Those Women Productions, a local theater company, when Berkeley Public Library presents selected scenes from the new drama, Margaret of Anjou co-authored by William Shakespeare and Lauren Jansen-Parkes.
July 08, 2016
Berkeley, CA. July 8, 2016 – The Berkeley Public Library North Branch is excited to celebrate with the community and Tom Dalzell, blogger at Quirky Berkeley: The Quirky Material Culture of Berkeley. Tom Dalzell’s new book, Quirky Berkeley, a photographic celebration of Berkeley and its whimsical, eccentric, and quirky culture. This book will be published by Heyday in August, 2016.
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