Saturday, September 3
Vaishnavi Patel, author of the New York Times Bestseller Kaikeyi, will be joining Saturday's LGBTQ+ Vritual book club.
Praise for Kaikeyi:
Patel’s mesmerizing debut shines a brilliant light on the vilified queen from the Ramayana. …This easily earns its place on shelves alongside Madeline Miller’s Circe. — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Even readers unfamiliar with the ancient Indian epic will find a lot to love in Patel’s spellbinding details of mythological characters and ancient times. —BookPage (starred review)
Patel brings a contemporary lens that will be familiar to any woman who has been labeled cold for showing assertiveness… Like the best stories, this engaging portrait will move you to take another look at the things you think you already know. — The New York Times
Arelis Uribe, author of Quiltras, will be joining the Leamos autoras: club de lectura en español (programa híbrido) this month.
Praise for Quiltras:
One of the best books from Latin America in 2017 — Jorge Carrión, The New York Times
An indispensable author that has many things to say. — Inés Martín Rodrigo, ABC Cultural
It is her talent that – like King Midas – turns outstanding any thing. She decides where the communicative power is into her writing and she gets it right… a dazzling debut. — Juan Marqués, El Mundo
Artist Edythe (Edy) Boone, author of The Invisible Becomes Visible, will discuss her new book and then lead a walk to Ashby avenue to see the community mural of the same name which serves as an artistic timeline of South Berkeley.
BPL Book Club: Fall Selections
by Julie Otsuka
by Louise Erdrich
by Anthony Doerr
Sign up in advance for this virtual book club and receive free copies of the books (to keep!) while supplies last:
Saturday, September 17
Saturday, September 17
Saturday, September 24
Featured Events for Teens
Wednesdays 2-4 pm
Table top games, crafts, movies, video games and more each week!
Wed, Sept 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Decorate pots and repot plants to take home while learning about local resources for mental health and wellness.
Featured Events for Kids & Families
Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Kick off Latinx Heritage Month by playing the game of lotería! Lotería is a traditional game enjoyed by many people in Mexico that is similar to bingo.
Saturday, September 24 at 10:15 a.m.
Pedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo, made up of Valerie (guitar) and Benedict Turner (washboard, percussion), ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Families and music lovers of all ages welcome!
There are many more happenings at the Library this month!
Berkeley has been bustling with the back-to-school spirit these last few weeks.
If you have a student in your life, please let them know that their public library has:
free online tutoring
spaces dedicated to them to hang out in and do homework
teen and children's librarians excited to help with research projects, reading recommendations and downloading free streaming services
and many resources dedicated to supporting their academic journeys.
Thank you for helping get the good news out!
All Library locations will be closed:
Monday, September 5 - Labor Day
Friday, September 23 - All Staff Trainings
Friday, September 30 - All Staff Trainings
Library e-collections (including books, audiobooks, film, music, newspapers and more) are available 24/7 at berkeleypubliclibrary.org
For more event info,
book recommendations and other fun things...