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April 22, 2016
Berkeley, CA. April 22, 2016— Earth Day—The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library has earned two more highly distinguished awards for its environmentally “green” features, the Berkeley Public Library announced today. The Library has recently learned that West Branch has received the highest level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)—Platinum, according to Sarah Dentan, Acting Library Director. This is the first City of Berkeley owned building to achieve this status.
April 13, 2016
Berkeley, California April 13, 2016 – You love our Children’s events so much! The Berkeley Public Library’s Claremont Branch is making changes to our weekly Baby & Toddler Storytime and Movement and Music programs to improve service and manage these popular programs that regularly draw crowds beyond the capacity of our space.
February 09, 2016
Berkeley CA February 9—Hear Rob Reich and his trio perform music that defies genres on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, located at 2940 Benvenue at Ashby Avenue. Accordionist, pianist and composer Rob Reich is a standout accordion virtuoso and is well-known for his trio, his original compositions and his work with bands like Tin Hat, Nice Guy Trio and Ben Goldberg School and others.
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
Berkeley, December 30, 2015 – Noted author Susan Griffin, hosts Works in Progress: Susan Griffin in Conversation with Writers, a ground breaking series of conversations in which a wide range of writers talk with Griffin about their current writing projects and how they write. The Berkeley Public Library presents this series of four programs which aims to shed light on the experience of creation, including both conscious labors and moments of sudden inspiration.
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.
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