The Black Church in the Bay Area has been a supportive and motivational institution for over 160 years. It has provided leadership in the struggle for civil rights, political representation, economic equality, and social advancement. Join Dr. Martha C. Taylor as she discusses her new book, "From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond, 1849-1972," which traces the growth of 65 churches, from the Gold Rush days to the Civil Rights Era.
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Berkeley Public Library North Branch is delighted to announce University of California, Berkeley Professor Jeffrey Knapp will be presenting on his new book, Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance England and Golden Age Hollywood. What do Shakespeare’s plays have to do with famous movies? Find out how mass entertainment enriches our lives.
Join us @North for a well-loved Wizard School Adventure movie (rated PG-13), games, and crafts. All witches and wizards in sixth grade and up can attend.
In 1955, British author Catherine Storr wrote a humorous children’s book to help her daughter Cecilia, nicknamed Polly, feel a bit more brave. The resulting story, Clever Polly an the Stupid Wolf, was extrememly popular and has a never gone out of print.
Author Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, comes to North Branch to discuss the causes and perils of cultural misunderstanding in a hyper-connected world. How do our inborn cultural biases influence how we view things? Is a cow dinner, dowry, or divine? Learn more when Lurie gives a fascinating talk on how culture shapes and informs our perceptions.
Join two Northern California authors for an evening of readings and discussion about the wide and wonderful world of autism. Anne K. Ross, author of BEYOND RAIN MAN, and Anlor Davin, author of BEING SEEN, will read passages from their books, field questions, and facilitate a discussion about the rise in autism awareness and their experiences raising children with autism, working with kids on the spectrum (Anne), and being an autistic writer (Anlor).
3rd floor Community Meeting Room
Students from the Berkeley Public Library, Spring, 2016, Memoir Writing Workshop will read from their original stories in the forthcoming anthology, Red Skirt, Blue Jeans: True Stories at Litcrawl. This event, Talking to the Wall: True Stories, will be held in San Francisco, as part of San Francisco's annual Bay Area literary Festival, Litquake. Saturday, October 15, 7:15pm - 8:15pm.
Join us in a reception for the forthcoming anthology, Red Skirt, Blue Jeans: True Stories from the Berkeley Public Library Memoir Writers. Students from the Berkeley Public Library, Spring, 2016, Memoir Writing Workshop will read from their original stories. Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. 3rd Floor Community Meeting Room.