Book Adventures

Amphiba Phest

Did you know that amphibians live in Berkeley?    

Yes, frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders make their home in creeks, vernal pools, and just about any damp nook or cranny.

  • But what makes an amphibian an amphibian?
  • How can you tell a toad apart from a frog or a newt from a salamander?
  • And what’s the story with South Park Drive in the Berkeley hills? What happens there on rainy nights during the winter?

According to the Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, an amphibian is "any of a group of cold-blooded vertebrate animals (as frogs and toads) that have gills and live in water as larvae but breathe air as adults." But amphibians are so much more. Find out about the amphibians next door and learn how to be good neighbors to our moisture-loving friends.CA Tiger Salamander

Zoom Event:

Saturday, November 6, 3:30pm- 4:15pm

A Naturalist from Lindsay Wildlife will be joining Berkeley Public Library for a free Zoom event about the amphibians all around us. We will hear fun amphibian facts, learn how to help our amphibian neighbors, and meet Sal, a California tiger salamander. Recommended for age 3 and up. (Flyer)

Register here to save a spot for your family and get the Eventbrite reminder for this fun event.

Amphiba Phest Book Adventures Resources:

Find books, videos, and more here

National Geographic Kids website-Amphibians

Videos about Amphibians

"From Egg to Frog" -Print, fold, and color your own booklet and learn about the lifecycle of frogs (folding instructions here).

Print a Coloring Page

Frog Crown


Print and make your own FROG or TOAD crown (use cardstock if possible).



Our Resident Raptors

What are raptors and how can we be good neighbors to them?falcon
Raptors live all around us in the East Bay.

Raptors have three characteristics that set them apart from all other birds:
• Excellent eyesight
• Strong grasping feet with sharp talons (claws) used to seize prey
• A hooked beak used to kill and rip apart prey (they eat only meat)
Several species of bird are considered raptors. Eagles, hawks, kites, falcons and owls are all considered raptors. Vultures and condors are often considered raptors as well, though they eat carrion (dead animals).         

Raptors are beautiful, strong, and wild.
Find out more with books, videos and a special event, all from Berkeley Public Library!

Falcons in Berkeley!

On Saturday, May 22, the caretakers of the UC Berkeley falcon webcam, Sean Peterson and Lynn Schofield joined Berkeley Public Library for a free Zoom event about the raptors all around us. We heard about falcons, hawks, owls, eagles, and other neighborhood raptors. Recommended for age 3 and up. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

Our Resident Raptors Book Adventures ResourcesNew falcon chick hatches 4/17/2021

Find a booklist here.

Find books, movies, eaudiobooks, and more here.

Raptor webcams in our area--see who else is nesting nearby!

Remember, these webcams show nests that are occupied for only a short time each year.

Videos about Raptors

Print a coloring page

Simple Science Activities

Who are the Compost Heroes?

Do you know a Compost Hero? 
What would life be like without these important community helpers?
Find the answers to these questions and more with books, videos and a special event, all from Berkeley Public Library.

BerkeletGreenBinOn Saturday, March 20, 2:30-3:15 pm, Berkeley Public Library hosted a free interactive zoom meeting about compost heroes.

We pretended to be wiggly earthworms, munching microbes, mysterious molds and helpful humans that do this important work of composting. We learned about them too! For age 3 and up.earthworm

You might be surprised by the things that are happening right beneath your feet!
You might be a Compost Hero too!

Compost Heroes Book Adventures Resources

Tools Rule! 

What are tools for and what can we do with them? How do tools make our lives easier?  What tools do you use every day?

Meet the Tool Lending Library

What is a tool? What do we use them for?

Watch a recording of Tools Rule: Meet the Tool Lending Library! This live event was held on Saturday, January 23 from 2:30 to 3:30. Tool Lending Specialist, Robert Young shows off tools, answers questions and demonstrates how to build a planter box using tools from the Berkeley Public Library's Tool Lending Library. Get a fun, behind-the-scene’s peek with an expert from this local treasure!

More videos with Mr. Young, Tool Lending Specialist from the Berkeley Public Library:

Recommended for age 3 and up. 

Tools Rule Book Adventure Resources

Ohlone Tools

The Ohlone people's skills enabled them to live well off the land's natural bounty. We will look at hunting and cooking tools used by the East Bay area's original inhabitants and that are still being used and revitalized by current day Ohlone people.

On Saturday, December 12,  2:30-3:15 pm, we met special guest, naturalist Dino Labiste of Coyote Hills Regional Park of the East Bay Regional Parks in  a live virtual event. Naturalist Labiste talked about hunting and cooking tools of the Ohlone people and how they are made.

Watch the recorded presentation here. Recommended for ages 4 and up.If you liked Naturalist Labiste's presentation about tools of the Ohlone people, find out more with these videos!

SPIDERAMA! Spiders in Your Neighborhood

How do spiders help us? How do they help our community? Our world?

START HERE to answer these questions and embark on your own family spider experience for our kickoff BOOK ADVENTURES program this October and November!

Watch a recording of Spiderama! Live, held on Saturday, October 24 from 2:30 to 3:30, in which Ranger Anthony Fisher of the Tilden Environmental Education Center and Patrick Stadille, author of Spiders in Your Neighborhood (Heyday Books, 2013), each talked about our friendly neighborhood spiders.

View our online calendar to see all all programs and look for up-to-date information.