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2016 Weininger Lecture & Reception
October 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm @ Central

Join the "Dean of American library historians" Wayne Wiegand, author of Part of our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library, and guest of honor for this year's  Weininger Lecture and Reception.

"Whether as a public space, a place for accessing information, or a home for reading material that helps patrons make sense of the world around them, the public library has a rich history of meaning for millions of Americans. From colonial times through the recent technological revolution, libraries have continuously adapted to better serve the needs of their communities."

Wiegand will share a short lecture featuring video clips and excerpts from his research on the American Public Library. BPLF Board Member Linda Schacht Gage will moderate. Reception to follow the presentation.  RSVP here to reserve a place. Admission is free.

The Weininger Lecture Series is supported by the Weininger family in memory of Harry Weininger and his loyalty to and love for the Berkeley Public Library. 

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Help us bring more science into the library!

The Berkeley Public Library is partnering with Cornerstones of Science in an initiative to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources and programming at all 5 library locations. As a first step, the library needs your help with a survey to gain your perspective on how the library can support your interests in science.

We need your input! Please take five minutes to answer our survey below. All responses are anonymous.

Take the survey here>>
Homelessness in Berkeley

On Saturday, September 10, from 2 - 4 pm , the Berkeley Public Library's Homeless Task Force presents  Homelessness in Berkeley: a Panel Discussion . Panelists demystify this community issue and share solutions that have worked in other cities with plenty of time for discussion. A reception follows the conversation. 

Formed in 2015, the Berkeley Public Library's Homeless Task Force develops programs addressing the needs of library patrons experiencing homelessness. 

Their current project, Community Outreach in the Library, or COIL, works to bring community organizations representing a wide range of services into the library to provide information and referrals, as well as direct services
Welcome New Board Members

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the BPLF Board of Directors.

Longtime Berkeley Public Library supporters Karen Bird, Fredrica Drotos, Irene Hegarty and Mindy Rex help us round out our board of committed community members working to keep the public libraries in Berkeley excellent.

Keep an eye out for more in-depth individual member profiles in future newsletters!
Save the Date: 15th Annual Authors Dinner

On February 11, 2017, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation will celebrate its 15th Annual Authors Dinner with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and this year's honorary chair T.J. Stiles.

This special anniversary celebration will feature honored authors from our 15 year history, so save the date! We can't wait to celebrate with you.

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Berkeley Public Library is teaming up with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to celebrate.

There's so much to read and do at the library: enjoy a storytime, learn your family history with our library's access, check out tools for your next big project, or even download ebooks and audiobooks directly to your smartphone.

Get or renew your library card at any of our branches today, or at the Library on Wheels around town!
Rosa Shattuck Circle

Join the Rosa Shattuck Circle and support the library with your sustaining gifts! 

Named in honor of Rosa Shattuck, the woman who donated the land for Berkeley's first permanent library in 1903, membership with special benefits begins with gifts of $1,000 or more.

Learn more here>>
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