Native American Poets: Readings from the anthology, Red Indian Road West @Central

April is Poetry Month! Native American Poets read their work from the anthology, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California. The book's editors, Kurt Schweigman (formerly known as Luke Warm Water), and Lucille Lang Day, are joined by contributors, Stephen Meadows, Linda Noel and Kim Shuck to read original work.Musician, Mignon Geli, will perform on the native wood flute.

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Bicycle mechanics 101 @Claremont

Join us for another Smart Cycling Skills class offered by our friends at Bike East Bay. This free workshop will cover how to do your own basic bike maintenance. We will conclude the class with a demonstration on how to use the new Bike Fixit station located outside of the Claremont Branch Library. Our Dero Fixit Station was purchased with the generous support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. We hope you'll stop by and try it out!

Register for this class with Bike East bay by calling 510-845-7433 ext. 2 or visiting thier website at BikeEastBay.org/education.


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Popping the ​Science ​Bubble: A Science Seminar Series @Central

Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out with this thrilling series of short lectures on the latest cutting-edge research. Learn about issues in science from scientists one-on-one with a new set of guest lecturers each month!

SUNDAY March 19th, 1-3:30 pm

3rd Floor Community Meeting Room

This Month’s Topic: The Microbiome


Professor Kathleen Ryan

Madeleine Jensen (Graduate student)

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Welcome Back Otters @Central CMR

River otters are making a comeback in the Bay Area after almost disappearing from the region in the last century.  These charismatic carnivores make wonderful ambassadors for river and wetland restoration and conservation efforts.  Yet, little is known about their population, range, and seasonal eating habits in the Bay Area.  The River Otter Ecology Project has taken on the challenge of discovering and documenting their ecological niche, with the goal of informing land use decisions and preserving habitat for these lively aquatic mammals.

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Facing West Shadow Opera @Central CMR

Join us in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room for Facing West Shadow Opera's production of "The Euphoria of Walt Whitman," a live Baroque puppet opera exploring queer poet Walt Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the Wild West, phrenology, and the gold rush era. Shadow puppets are accompanied by live music written by Purcell, Monteverdi, Caccini, George Crumb and improvisation 


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Central Library will close early at 5:00pm on 02/11/2017

Central Library will close early at 5:00pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 to allow for preparations for the 15th Annual Author's Dinner.

Please note there will be limited access on the 2nd floor today.

These areas will be closed all day:

  • Berkeley History Room
  • Historic Refence Room
  • Teen Room
  • Historic Lobby
  • Reading Room

If you need materials from any of these areas, please see a staff member.

  • Internet computers will not be available after 4:50 pm.
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