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We are THANKFUL for YOU!

Thanks to you, the kind of bold innovations and opportunities that make a library extraordinary are possible. From helping to rebuild and renovate Berkeley's four branch libraries, to upgrading and re-imagining spaces in the historic Central Library, to sponsoring events that honor local authors and spotlight artists and thinkers. We can do what we do for the library because of you. 

Thanks to you, our library will continue to be a place where everyone is welcome and given the freedom to learn, create, explore, and find meaning. Thank you for being part of the community of donors who support the vital improvements and crucial services needed at all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library. Thank you for keeping the "Library on Wheels" rolling; for giving homeless teens access to technology; for jump-starting literacy for preschoolers in under-served areas in Berkeley, and for funding to develop new models for science literacy. 

A thousand thanks for every dollar you give and every minute of time you donate. Our city and library  community is all the better because you make it happen.
Join BOLT - Board of Library Trustees!

Are you a Berkeley resident interested in furthering your support of the Berkeley Public Library? Join the  Board of Library Trustees

Board of Library Trustees appointees serve four year terms and attend monthly meetings. Working with the assistance of the Library Director, appointees formulate library policy and serve as the managing agents of the Library Fund. There will be an open Board meeting for all interested candidates at the downtown Central library on December 5 at 6:30 p.m. 
New! Authors Dinner Auction Online

The Foundation's  Authors Dinner  takes place February 11, 2017 but the silent auction starts early and anyone can bid on the artwork, one-of-a-kind literary treasures, and tickets to AfterWORDS, the Foundation's up-close series of events with authors, artists,and thinkers. This year the auction will be entirely online, mobile ready, and available for both guests and those unable to make the dinner, but who still want to support the library through the auction. The official launch date is Sunday January 22, but look for announcements and a sneak peek of our wonderful items in mid December.  


Get up-close with authors, artists and thinkers from the Bay Area with the Berkeley Public Library Foundation's  AfterWORDS events.  Featuring gourmet dinners with writers, guided walking tours, film screenings, author panels and more, tickets first go on sale in the online auction in January.  
Thank you Middle-earth Enterprises! 

We are delighted to announce that Middle-earth Enterprises is our 2017 AfterWORDS Series Sponsor. Inspired by a deep appreciation for the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth Enterprises is dedicated to working with businesses providing quality products in accordance with best green business and sustainability practices including fair trade, equality in the workplace, and a commitment to protect our earth, its wondrous beauty and the viability of every living creature. Look for more news about our sponsor when we launch our new AfterWORDS series early next year. 
Rosa Shattuck Circle

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

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

Holiday Closures

The Foundation office will be closed this week November 24 - 25, and again December 23 - January 2. 

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