What’s Inside?
Dear Readers,

Robert Munsch's delightful books were favorite read-alouds in my house. The Paperbag Princess introduced my daughters to feminism and Love You Forever never lost its charm. Summer reading at the BPL isn't just for kids though, check out what's happening starting on June 15 with free books and this year’s theme Summer Takes You Everywhere.
Be sure to stop by Central to see progress on the new laptop lending area. Seating and flexible space for you and 40 friends coming soon. Grants from the Foundation are also bringing new technology to three locations, and thanks to funding for the Cornerstones:STEM@BPL stargazers can get up an up-close view to the heavens with telescopes now available for check-out.

Kanopy continues to have meaningful offerings for film buffs, and I know I’m really looking forward to the Friends of the BPL’s Annual Meeting on Ju ne 20. All are welcome, so I hope you can be there too. See details below.

With Father's Day coming up I can’t think of a better way to honor my Dad than with a memorial gift to the Foundation. Donations to the Foundation can always be given in someone's name. Perhaps you'd like to join me in supporting family literacy projects like Berkeley Builds Reader's "Daddy & Me" which brings dads, kids and reading together. We love recognizing these special gifts, so be sure to get your contribution in soon so we can list you and your loved one in our upcoming Donor Report.

My Dad always had a book in his hand, and nearly every phone conversation started with “what are you reading?” So, when you make it to the bottom of this newsletter, you’ll see a summer reading list from our BPLF Board and Staff.

Happy reading and have a fantastic summer!
Kathy Huff
Executive Director

What's Behind the Curtain?
Coming very s oon is a new Laptop Lending Area at the Central Library. Bridging the technology gap is an essential function of a public library.That's why we are so excited to fund this new space along with a laptop lending machine making 12 new laptops available to the public. Work has already begun on this totally redesigned space. It adds flexibility and comfort to an underutilized area of the library and includes 40 new places for people to sit, read, work, study, meet, and do group projects.This will not be a typical "quiet space" rather it's a place to connect. The new common area will also serve as a learning lab to help us prepare for the new Teen Space which is scheduled for construction next year. Thank you donors!
New Interactive Video Display Monitors

The Foundation approved funding for three new interactive display monitors. You can find them at Central as well as the Claremont and West Branches.

These durable, versatile monitors will be used for film screenings, presentations, story-time book displays, meetings, and interactive programs offered by the library. They come with a built-in white board and pen, "plug and play" connections to other devices, a camera for projecting images, and more.
Check Out a Telescope
As part of Cornerstones: STEM @ Berkeley Public Library, the library has purchased more STEM-related books and is now circulating science kits, including two brand-new Orion Starblast telescopes .

These great compact "grab-and-go" telescopes are now available from the Central Library First Floor Service Desk.
Summer Reading Takes You Everywhere!
Summer reading is more than just enjoying a page-turner at the beach (although don’t we all love this guilty pleasure?). It’s also a time to travel, broaden our perspectives, take a “trip” into the past, or into our imagination. The Library offers books, e-books, and audiobooks that can help you plan your next road trip, provide stories to take with you in the car, or read wherever your travels take you.

Sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading program , from June 15 to September 1. Everyone—adults, teens, and kids of all ages—can read for prizes and everyone gets a free book (while supplies last) just for signing up! Click here t o view the rules and sign up online or at any library location. To participate, get your age-appropriate game card and start reading. Children and teens receive a prize upon completion of their game cards. Each completed adult/teen game card also entitles you to enter a raffle to win: a Kindle Fire, guitar, ukulele, tickets to Landmark Theatres, two tickets to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, two tickets to a performance at The Marsh, or certificates to several Edible Excursions. Challenge your child or grandchild to see who can finish their game card first!
Berkeley Public Library Ends Overdue Fines
Breaking news! At their last meeting, the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) took action that ends the practice of charging adult and teen patrons for overdue books, DVD's and CDs. The new policy starts July 1, 2018.The library stopped charging for children's books years ago.The change is part of the Library's commitment to removing barriers that diminish public access. Click here for more details.
Cannes on Kanopy
Haven't had enough of this year's Cannes Film Festival? Get your fix with Kanopy's collection of previous winners and nominees. Click here t o watch their Cannes Film Festival Collection, free to all library card holders!
Annual Luncheon with the Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library will be holding their annual luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:30am, at the Northbrae Community Church. All are welcome. Frances Dinkelspiel, co-founder of Berkeleyside, will be speaking. RSVP by calling (510) 981-6152.

What Are You Reading?
Summer Reading List
from BPLF Board and Staff
(Not your everyday list of beach books!)

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling  by John Muir Laws
Where’s Bob? by Ann Ireland
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August By Claire North
The Order of Time  by Carlo Rovelli
Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua
The Green Boat- Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher
Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle
The Best We Can Do by Thi Bui
Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston
Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Hochshild
Cut A Medical Murder Mystery by Amy S. Peele
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Black Elk Speaks as told through John G. G. Neihardt 
The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles

What are YOU reading this summer?
Let us know your favorites!
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