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The Best Part of My Day

Several times a week I have the joy of watching an eager crowd gather outside the Library. When the doors finally open there's a whoosh of people rushing in, each arriving with their own unique story and reason for being here: parents and toddlers for storytime, elders with book bags ready to be filled, people rolling in wheelchairs, young adults with skateboards on their hips, researchers of every sort, students hoping to score a prime spot in the new Commons, language readers and learners, internet seekers, and people of all ages ready to attend one the many engaging STEM or art programs offered or perhaps just needing a familiar and friendly place to sit down for awhile.

This Library has something for everyone; some say public libraries are the People's University and in times of trouble or crisis they are a sanctuary. In today's world the library is one of the few places where people can be treated with respect and dignity no matter who they are or what they are looking for. Meeting the people who make use of our library is the best part of my day. It affirms the absolute necessity of making sure this library with its five locations continues to serve the people who need it most, now and in future generations.

Thank you for being part of the community of donors and supporters who help make the Berkeley Public Library thrive and grow.

Kathy Huff, Foundation Executive Director
Authors Dinner 2019

For one magical night in February over 300 people turned out to honor 29 authors and help raise money for the library. Our fundraising goal of $300,000 was exceeded thanks to everyone's generosity and a challenge grant from Wareham Development. The Cody Award was presented to Helen and John Meyer. Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, auction-goers, and donors for making the evening such a splendid success. Check out the gallery of pictures!
Save the date for next year - Authors Dinner 2020 Saturday February 8
Citywide Read

The Library launches Citywide Read to encourage Berkeley residents to have a shared experience of the same book, with discussions and events scheduled at all the branches.

Crazy Rich Asians is a high-speed hysterical romp and thoroughly enjoyable first novel by author Kevin Kwan. Events include a gala screening of the popular film based on the book. Check out all the events related to the reading here .
STEM is for Everyone

Because science is fun for all ages, Cornerstones: STEM at Berkeley Public Library has ongoing programs, and special week-long events like the recent Tech Week . Patrons enjoyed a Fix-it Clinic, a mini Maker Faire, a soldering workshop, and more. Next up Popping the Science Bubble's : "Counting to Infinity and Beyond" with Cal Scientist Ethan Dlugie and "Decoding the blueprints of life with synthetic biology and physics" with Jonathan Liu.
New Library Staff

The Foundation joins the Library in welcoming three new staff members to our collective home at the downtown Central Library: Laura Liang, Supervising Librarian for Central Adult Services Division; Bae Smith, Supervising Librarian for Collection Services; and Aimee Reeder, Assistant Management Analyst for Communications.
Laura Liang
Bae Smith
Aimee Reeder
Friends of the Library Annual
Book Sale

Don't miss the Friends annual Big Book Sale on May 11 & 12 at Central in the 3rd floor Community Room.

Find out more here !
Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival is coming up in May. The Foundation is proud to sponsor the festival now in its fifth fabulous year. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the list of awesome author events here .
The Berkeley Public Library is a reflection of our city: open, accessible, vibrant, and endlessly interesting. The Library Foundation provides funding for library innovation, capital improvements, and literacy projects to serve the needs of our diverse and growing community.
With a great library, the sky's the limit!