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May 10, 2016
Groundbreaking southern author Dorothy Allison speaks at the Central Library in Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00pm in the Community Meeting Room. Dorothy Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
May 10, 2016
Richard Schwartz, noted local author and scholar, will give an illustrated talk on the hidden Indian Life in Berkeley and the evidence surrounding it on Saturday May 28, 2016 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library located at 2090 Kittredge Street in Berkeley, CA.
April 19, 2016
Berkeley, CA. April 19, 2016 –Charlie Jane Anders, Editor-in-Chief of the popular science and pop culture website io9.com, and a Hugo Award winning author, has written All the Birds in the Sky, a kaleidoscopic, captivating, and whimsical story about the end of the world. A Bay Area resident, Anders shares her thrilling new Sci-Fi/Fantasy mash-up novel at North Branch on Wednesday, April 20, from 7:00 – 8:30pm.
May 02, 2016
Berkeley, California. May 2, 2016 –May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Berkeley Public Library invites you to a special dance performance by the master and student artists of the Thai Cultural Council. On Saturday, May 21, at 3:00pm the artists of the Thai Cultural Council (TCC) will share present traditional and folk Thai dances with the musical accompaniment of TCC’s classical band at the Claremont Branch Library. This program is part of the Berkeley Public Library’s celebration and TCC's initiative to support positive cultural exchange between audiences in the United States. Call the Claremont Branch at 510-981-6280 for more information
April 28, 2016
Berkeley, April 25, 2016—Berkeley Public Library is thrilled to offer a new online resource for kids and their caregivers. Berkeley Public Library’s children’s collections are now searchable with the phrase “equal read.” Equal Read’s engaging and highly recommended book selections feature a broadly diverse collection of characters that appeal to young readers. “By partnering with Equal Read, library users can now more easily find a wide diversity of books in our collections. This is a wonderful, new opportunity for us to better serve our community,” said Acting Deputy Director Sarah Dentan.
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.
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