The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Berkeley Public Library have teamed up to offer a 6-part series of FREE online classes. Host David Mitroff, Ph.D. discusses how to leverage the internet and social media to expand your professional and personal brand.
Nathaniel combines magic with humor and the result is a super fun and high energy show that's great for the young ones, skeptical older kids, and their adults too! Learn incredible and easy to do magic with everyday household materials.
There are many more virtual programs happening in December!
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"Thank you for taking the time and thought to pick out some books for my kid.
She loves this program [personalized book picks] (her 2nd time using it) and I wanted to let you know how the books were received. I applaud Berkeley Public Library for pivoting and working so hard to help keep us all reading. I've always loved books and libraries, and now I love y'all even more."
What's Your Library Story?
One of the best things about being a teenager in my hometown Chicago was the abundance and availability of its museums and libraries. As a little kid I never went anywhere unless escorted by parents or teachers, but the infrequent field trips to our grand main library impressed me that admission was free or cheap and they were open almost every day, and each one offered a place of peace, learning and common respect.
Reading since I was three, accelerated grade advancement saw me in high school at 12 and regularly borrowing books. Along with my growing independence and knowledge, I became very politically active and prominently involved as a student leader during the tumultuous years 1967 to 1969.
After a few riots, my militancy got me kicked out of the neighborhood high school (officially “transferred”) and sent to a feared “social reform school.” Instead of immediately attending the feared new school, I attended the libraries.
For an entire year I left home every morning and stayed at various libraries and museums all day, filling my mind with information, wisdom and understanding beyond regret.
The authorities, led by my dad, eventually figured out my scheme and ensured I attended the prescribed school but never punished me for the adventure. The library time paid off well, resulting in such a big educational boost that I netted a scholarship to a renowned high school the next year.
I have plenty of library memories – all good – including studying with my wife-to-be barely thirty years ago while employed as our law school’s librarian, sitting with our son in his high school’s library, and having eureka moments in the law libraries. But the most important story is how that year in the public libraries nurtured my practice of unbridled learning.