Come explore the wonders of Virtual Reality. Take a tour through the International Space Station or a voyage into the human body. Sit in a space capsule as it lifts off into space or fly above Washington, DC and swoop around the Washington Monument. The possibilities are (almost) endless. This program is designed for ages 12 and up and will be in the West Branch Community Meeting Room.
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Just for fun
This is a fun and interactive program to celebrate National Library Week!
Staff will provide toys, puppets, and blocks to encourage play and discovery. Children will learn through activities that stimulate brain growth, enhance social development and motor skills. Kodo Kids' Discovery Ramps and Wind Tunnel, puppets, Duplos, and KEVA Planks among other fun toys to stimulate play and learning will be available.
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome with their caregivers.
Play Date is a Cornerstones of STEM @ BPL program
Explore The Intersection of Science and Arts!
STEAMBreakers is a social gathering to bring together science professionals, artists, and the public in a fun and casual setting to discuss the intersection between science and art, make friends, and discover new insights and make connections.
Enjoy some refreshments and an inspiring keynote talk, followed by a challenge. Wait — What challenge you ask?
This class is designed for kids (ages 8-12) interested in learning techniques of graphic novel writing. The class will begin with a lesson on choosing color scheme, plot, characters, and developing the storyline for an illustrated tale. Drawing tools and materials will be available for kids to design their own graphic novels. Come enjoy this class in the Central Library 4th floor Story Room.
Please register: call ahead at 510.981.6223 or email email@example.com
3rd floor Community Meeting Room
Every Wednesday, the Library's Playreaders gather to read aloud from great plays, changing parts frequently. Periodically, we present a Performers Showcase, offering staged readings of excerpts from plays we've recently read. Join us for short scenes from plays such as 12 Angry Men, Marat/Sade, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Misanthrope. Stay for a reception after the performances and meet the actors.
3rd floor Community Meeting Room
The Library's Playreaders group meets weekly to read aloud great plays, changing parts frequently so everyone gets a chance to read the juicy bits. All are welcome at this informal, relaxed exploration of theater. But periodically, we workshop scenes from those plays and present them for an audience: you! Please join us as the Playreaders present scenes from diverse works, ranging from 12 Angry Men to Marat/Sade. Stay for a reception after the performance and meet the the actors.
It's National Library Week and we are celebrating by having a drop-in tea party with cookies and tea for everyone.
12:00-1:00 pm – Learn how to download ebooks/eaudiobooks on your device. Please bring your device.
1:00-3:00pm Free Early Literacy children’s book giveaway-- drop in and visit the Berkeley READS adult and family literacy program--pick up a free children’s book (one per child)
3:00-4:00pm Storytime with Nora
4:00-5:00pm Bookmark and Button making drop-in crafts for all ages
Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day by learning to make cartoons. Everyone welcome!
Aaron Southerland, from Brooklyn, NY, currently works as a freelance art teacher & cartoonist in the Bay Area! He is the creator of the graphic novels Strawberry Dough & SolForce.
Teens, come celebrate Pi Day with a contest to recite the most numbers of Pi! The winner will take home a wonderful prize!
A Special Edition of our Art, Music and Writing Club: Comic Artist Jason Shiga will share tips on creating comics. Jason is the author of such comic classics as Bookhunter and Meanwhile.