An Uncommon Library
Grand Opening
Saturday, October 6th from 2 - 4pm
The Commons at Central

Marian the Librarian would be shocked. A newly designed space on the Central Library’s first floor offers a welcoming and flexible space for reading, laptop browsing, or small group conversations. (Yes, talking is allowed!) It’s called " The Commons" and is an exciting step towards improving the user experience of the Central Library.

The area where The Commons is located had previously been underused, serving mainly as a corridor between stairs, elevator, service desk, and book stacks. Berkeley architecture and design firm Noll & Tam, working with a team of library staff, envisioned a user-friendly space with access to state-of-the-art technology. The space now features a wide array of comfortable seating and table options, updated carpet, and new acoustical panels that help to control the sound, allowing for zones of private study and social interaction. It also offers a laptop lending kiosk and increased electrical outlets for device charging. The result is a casual lounge that meets a variety of needs.

To introduce and welcome patrons to The Commons, the Library will hold an all-ages celebration on October 6, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. The event will include a block-building challenge for children, a concert by local performers of the musical collective Hoot, face painting, and a scavenger hunt with prizes for individuals and families.

Thank you Bayer Charitable Foundation and the many donors who made this new space possible!
Welcome, New Board Members!

This month, we are excited to welcome four new board members to the the Foundation Board of Directors.

Joanne Carder is the retired Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for KQED and former director of employee and labor relations at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Jessica "Jessie" Williams owns Brushstrokes Studio and keeps busy with the PTA activities at her children's school. Margaret Gutowski comes to us having served as a non-profit consultant and as the former Vice President of Philanthropy and the interim director at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation in Oakland. You may recognize Carolyn Federman. She's the Founder and Executive Director of the Charlie Cart Project, and author of New Favorites for New Cooks.

Here's what our new members are reading:
  • M Train by Patti Smith
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The All of It by Jeanette Haien
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • A Mortal Terror by James R. Benn
Join us for a Literary Feast Sponsor the 2019 Authors Dinner!
Sponsors make this unique cultural event possible. On February 9, 2019 we'll gather for our 17th annual celebration of the Bay Area's literary tradition and the authors who enrich our community. Proceeds from this festive event fund library innovations, capital improvements, and expand literacy projects. Join us! There are many sponsor levels to choose from. Learn more here.
Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! All month long the American Library Association and libraries join together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

Help us spread the word. Click   here  to learn more about signing up for a Berkeley Public Library card. It's easy, its fun, and you don't have to live in Berkeley to have one!
Art Books Sale

September 18 - 29
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Friends of the Library Bookstore
Parking Lot Walkway
2433 Channing Way

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library are throwing an enormous sale of used and new-ish books on art, architecture, and photography, including hundreds of gallery catalogs and monographs, all from two recently-donated private collections.
Libraries in the Media

Have you seen the recent article in Berkeleyside about the Berkeley Public Library?

Or the New York Times Sunday review? " To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library ."

Film and library fans may want to check out the Washington Post review of "The Public" directed by Emilio Estevez.
What's Happening at the Library?
Bon Voyage
The library celebrated 29 years of service with Building Maintenance Supervisor Steve Douglas who retired this month. Steve provided support for our annual authors dinners for many years -- always the first one here and the last one to leave the building!

Tomorrow! September 15, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Students, seniors, and families are especially invited to the Berkeley Tech Fair, a collaboration between The Berkeley Public Library, Tech Exchange, and the City of Berkeley.

September 15, 2:00 - 4:00pm 
Filmmaker Pam Uzzell visits the Library to present her documentary film, followed by a panel discussion with local residents featured in the film.  Welcome to the Neighborhood explores gentrification in South Berkeley through interviews with residents.

September 24, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research.

September 25, 6:00 - 7:00pm
From driving your neighbors to the polls to volunteering for local campaigns to making longer-term investments in your community, here’s how to be an active citizen in 2018.

There's always something happening at the library! Check it out here.
With a great library, the sky's the limit!
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We join with others to advocate for the well-being of public libraries everywhere.
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