Book Adventures

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.

Saturday, March 20, 2:30-3:15 pm—          Free Program—Registration required
Join Berkeley Public Library for an interactive zoom meeting about compost heroes.

Pretend to be wiggly earthworms, munching microbes, mysterious molds and helpful humans that do this important work of composting. Learn about them too! Recommended for age 3 and up.Register to save your place and obtain the Zoom link.
Visit our website event page:

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


Past Events

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 (Oct / Nov 2020)

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.