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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.
September 29, 2015
Berkeley CA. September 29, 2015—Leaves are falling and it’s cooler and darker earlier each evening. We even had a touch of rain. It is time to gather around our fireplace and hear bone-chilling tales for grown-ups! Berkeley Public Library will be sharing Chilling Tales: A Halloween Story time for Grown-ups twice in October.
September 28, 2015
Berkeley CA September 25, 2015--The North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, located at Hopkin and 1170 The Alameda was closed Friday morning to allow for treatment of bedbugs. The Library will remain closed through Monday, September 28, to allow for sustained treatment using heat and steam and is expected to be open as usually at 10L00am Tuesday September 29, 2015.
September 03, 2015
Berkeley, CA September 3, 2015 — The Berkeley Public Library was delighted to hear that the Berkeley/Albany/ Emeryville League of Women Voters (LWVBAE) will honor Berkeley READS, our Adult and Family Literacy Program. “Berkeley READS is an amazing community resource,” says Acting Library Director, Sarah Dentan, “We are so pleased that they have been recognized by The League.”
September 03, 2015
Berkeley CA. September 3, 2015—Each year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) from California’s 13th Congressional District recently nominated the Berkeley Public Library for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This annual award is presented in May by the IMLS to underscore the significant contributions that museums and libraries make to their communities.
August 31, 2015
The Berkeley Public Library announced today that Jeff Scott has officially resigned from his position as Director of Library Services, effective September 8, 2015. “It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the Director of Library Services of the Berkeley Public Library. I have enjoyed my work here at the library and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish,” stated Mr. Scott. Jeff Scott has served in the role of Director since November 2014.
August 28, 2015
Berkeley, CA August 28—Join Berkeley Public Library in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 to October 15, 2015) with Mariachis and more. Hispanic Heritage Month’s roots go back to 1968; it begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period. Columbus Day (also celebrated as Indigenous Peoples' Day or Día de la Raza) is October 12.
August 25, 2015
Berkeley, August 21, 2015—“Farms in Berkeley? No--not exactly--more like West Oakland, where Novella Carpenter started her famous urban farm. Best known for Farm City, an enjoyable and popular book that inspired many families to start urban farmsteading, author Novella Carpenter is making a special visit to the Claremont Branch on Friday, September 4 at 4:00pm. Carpenter will talk about her books and her West Oakland farm. She is the co-author of The Essential Urban Farmer and the author of the acclaimed memoir Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, which was named by the New York Times as a best book of 2009. For more information about this special event, please call 510-981-6280.
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