"Libraries have an important role in supporting the resiliency and growth mindset of our youth and patrons of all ages, in partnering in community problem solving, in fostering civic engagement and connection and with providing far-reaching access to materials, resources and learning opportunities.
Berkeley Public Library is a fantastic library system, and I am honored to serve the community in this role."
Join us in a warm welcome to our new Director!
For the last five years, Tess has served as the Director of Library Outreach, Programs, and Services for the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington. KCLS has been consistently rated a 5-star national library for overall excellence and has 50 libraries across 36 cities, serving 1.41 million residents and 18 school districts.
Prior to KCLS, Tess spent ten years with the Seattle Public Library where she progressed from a Senior Librarian role to Downtown Regional Manager for the City’s Central Library. She holds a master’s degree in Library Information Services from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in American and Multi-ethnic studies from Bard College.
John Selawsky, President of the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) welcomes her to Berkeley: “Tess brings a wealth of professional experience and expertise, but just as important, brings a commitment to community engagement, union and staff involvement, and equity."
BOLT Vice President Amy Roth notes, "Tess was the unanimous choice of the Board, emerging from a very talented field of candidates. We look forward to helping her to achieve success in making Berkeley Public Library be the best that it can be.”
Classical Chinese opera can be a challenge for the uninitiated. This talk breaks down the conventions of staging, the visual cues, musical instruments, melodies, and rap that make this vibrant art form a UNESCO-recognized Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage.
Berkeley Public Library patrons now have access to live, virtual tutoring assistance Monday through Sunday from 1:00-10:00 PM with the e-resource, Brainfuse HelpNow.
Brainfuse offers support for a range of students’ needs, including:
One-to-one homework help on a variety of subjects, including A.P. level coursework
California State standards–aligned skill building
Standardized test preparation
Comprehensive writing assistance
Additionally, Brainfuse offers Spanish-language lessons, online study groups, virtual flashcards, and support for English Language Learners.
Brainfuse’s Adult Learning Center offers academic and career support with computer literacy assistance, test practice, writing assistance, resume and cover letter-writing, and live interview coaching.
Please help spread the good news about this new offering; students, teachers and caretakers face extraordinary challenges this year! Thank you to Berkeley Unified School District who has helped get the word out to students and families.
Do the students in your life need a library card to access Brainfuse HelpNow? Direct them, here.
Access to Brainfuse is made possible by the generous support of the
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Super Cinema Suggests - on Kanopy
This popular weekly program at the Central Library has gone virtual!
On his 100th birthday, a man escapes his nursing home. He’s healthy. He’s lived through—and influenced—momentous events. He wants more of the same. Based on an internationally best-selling Swedish novel.
Several years ago New Orleans’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band toured Cuba to explore Cuban roots of New Orleans jazz. They focused on playing with Cuban street musicians. The film is a joyous affair, both musically and culturally.