From the light filled, candy colored, otherworldly pastel cover, this book is already setting us up for a lighthearted and different experience. I Want to Be a Vase is a story of a plunger that really wants to be a vase. As the plunger states their case over the angry objections of the vacuum cleaner, other objects in the house express their desire to be what their heart is telling them to be - e.g. the saucepan wants to be a trash can, and the wastebasket wants to be a pillow. It's a funny read-aloud that conveys the necessity (and promise) of being true to yourself.
“Music doesn’t come out of nothing. It always starts somewhere… with something… with someone.” A storybook beginning opens this non-fiction gem. A colorful, oversize book chock full of interesting information on musical instruments from around the world and how they make sound is sure to capture the interest of anyone musically-inclined. Sections are organized by material type such as clay, wood, or found objects. Each section opens with a “before music” page that imagines the moment of musical discovery followed by the science of sound, a musical innovator, and an array of musical instruments for each instrument type. There are even some instructions on how to make a few instruments of your own! (Recommended ages 8-12)
Join us for a special New Year's Eve celebration just for kids! We'll have stories, songs, a craft, and learn a little bit about New Year's Eve traditions from around the world before we countdown to New Year's Eve somewhere on the planet!
The Farmer's Market is closed, but join us for fun stories and songs inside! Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families are all welcome.
2090 Kittredge St.
4th Floor Childrens Nonfiction Room
We plan to resume at the Downtown Farmer's Market January 7th
MOCHA @ the Library
MOCHA (the Museum of Children's Art) is offering free weekly art workshops at the Central Library and West Branch until June*!
Join MOCHA Teaching Artists in these workshops for children and families. Each week, the Teaching Artist will present art related to a different theme, building creative, social-emotional, and academic skills through painting, drawing, sculpting, and numerous other art forms.
The Berkeley Public Library acknowledges that we sit on the unceded, traditional lands of the Ohlone people. You can find more information about Indigenous territories of the world at https://native-land.ca.