"I am honored to have been chosen to support an institution that has been so very important to me. I grew up here, have visited and studied at all of the branches, and worked at Central shelving books as a Berkeley High student before I left to attain undergraduate and graduate degrees. I appreciate being able to give back to the Library and to my community and look forward to building on the excellent strategic work the Board has embarked upon.”
Learn more about Trustee Greene and the Board of Library Trustees, here.
Stream the highly acclaimed movie, Tyrus, for free all month long and then join the presentation and Q&A. Tyrus offers a historical lens for understanding the current moment’s unprecedented visibility for Asians and Asian Americans in Hollywood, as well as the recent rise in anti-Asian racism and violence.
Hear Mallory Mortillaro's true story of being hired straight out of college for a part time art cataloging project for a city hall in New Jersey and how it morphed into a search for this mysterious piece's provenance, eventually culminating in its authentication by the world's leading Rodin expert.
This popular series is back! Join the live and interactive cooking/nutrition class where participants learn to shop for and cook healthy meals. Ingredients will be provided, so please plan on making an appointment to visit the library to collect them, if you wish. The classes and the ingredients are free, but space is limited.
Bring your favorite journal, art materials or just pencil and paper. Green sketching can be nature journaling, urban sketching, mindful drawing, adding descriptive words to a sketch, or even doodling - whatever gets the pencil moving over the paper!
Join us outside for a plant based cooking demonstration featuring items from the Tool Lending Library's new Culinary Tool Collection! We will demonstrate making healthier sweet potato fries in one of our Air Fryers and prepare a delicious dipping sauce.
From auto repair shops to doctors to plumbers to vets, Checkbook helps you find the best local services—and avoid the worst. Staff research prices and provide consumer advice and users also write reviews and provide ratings based on their real-life experiences. Consumers' Checkbook never takes money from the reviewed companies so you can rely on the site to be independent and objective.
Get Outside and Explore the City We All Love!
Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July we posted clues on the Library's Facebook and Instagram feeds about certain spots that make Berkeley a great place to be! There's still time to join in the fun! If you visit any of these places before August 13, tag #berkeleypubliclibrary for your chance to be entered into a drawing for a gift card from some fantastic local businesses!
Updates on Library Services during Covid-19
Floors 2, 3 and 4 are now open (the 1st floor opened in June).
Planned improvements to the 1st & 2nd floors have been completed during the closure. Updates accentuate and highlight the historical features of the building’s architecture while also:
creating comfortable seating
improving laptop usage and supporting device charging
providing accessible programming and meeting spaces
updating the Library’s floors & lighting
offering all gender bathrooms
Come use the computers, browse the collections and see the updates!
Central Improvements were made possible by the generous support of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and its donors, and from Library Tax funding received in previous fiscal years that had been saved for this construction.
Staff teams are continuing to make plans for expanding hours and indoor services. The teams are working in coordination with the City of Berkeley, Labor Unions and Public Health. Updates will be announced via this e-newsletter, on social media and on berkeleypubliclibrary.org.