Spring 2017
All Things Library
Foundation News, Events, and Happenings
It's our birthday! Help us celebrate by telling us how much the library means to you. 

This month, the Foundation marks its 20th year of working with the people of Berkeley and beyond to support the Library. Together over the years we’ve raised over $8 million to help rebuilt, retrofit, and equip our public libraries for the 21st century. Thanks to the generosity of all our donors, library innovations that build cultural connection, improve science literacy, and provide greater access are here to serve our community well into the future.

As we begin our 20th year, we’d love to hear from you. What does the library mean to you? If you could blow out our birthday candles and make a wish for the next twenty years, what would it be? Tell us, and we’ll post a sampling of your comments at the library this summer. Click here to submit to our birthday box!


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Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm
Three award-winning authors (Terry Shames, Cara Black, and Joe Clifford) discuss setting in mystery writing. Cocktails and crime, what a combo!

Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 pm
Showcase of four local poets, who will read from new, original work. Bites and beverages served too. 

See this award-winning film in the cutting edge Meyer Sound Theater, followed by a talk with the director.

Wednesday, May 10 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Learn how to save, invest, and create a financial plan guided by your deepest beliefs.
New Faces at the Library

Elliot Warren, New Deputy Library Director

Elliot brings a bounty of experience serving Bay Area communities, most recently at the Alameda County Library, where he managed collections, literacy programs, and services for incarcerated populations. Throughout his career, he has engaged with the public to make libraries more inclusive, enriching, and enjoyable. Welcome Elliot!

Read more about Elliot

Nicole Powell, New Supervising Librarian for the North Branch

Nicole comes to us from the Sacramento Public Library. With more than 20 years of experience in public libraries, she is a welcome addition to our North Branch!

Heather Cummins, New Supervising Librarian for the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch

Heather has worked in public and academic libraries for more than ten years, most recently as a Supervising Librarian at the Solano County Library. Join us in welcoming her to Berkeley!

For fifty years,  The Grubb Company has played a vital role in the East Bay, providing homeowners and buyers with the kind of exceptional service only a local, boutique realty firm can. The Grubb Company has also been making bighearted contributions to the Berkeley community since its outset, not least of which its generous support of our beloved libraries.

Join us on the first weekend in June, when the Bay Area Book Festival will once again fill downtown Berkeley with an abundance of literary events and activities. We'll be sharing a tent with the Friends of the Library right out in front of our beautiful Central Branch. Come say hi!
June 10 & 11
Don't miss out on the  Friends of the Berkeley Public Library annual book sale at the Central Library's 3rd Floor Meeting Room. All kinds of amazing books at outrageously low prices!