Fall News & Library Happenings


New! Save the date!

The Foundation's Annual Authors Dinner returns on May 21, 2022. We're so excited to be planning for a live in-person event! In February, instead of gathering at our usual time for honoring authors, everyone will be invited to join us online for a lively virtual celebration to kick off the Foundation's 25th Anniversary! More details coming your way soon.

Welcome, Chloe!

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Chloe Hur recently joined the Foundation's staff team as the new Operations Associate. As a bibliophile who delights in communal spaces for imaginative explorations, she's thrilled to help raise funds for innovative projects at the Berkeley Public Library. Chloe studied art, film, and philosophy at UCLA and received an MA in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. She draws and reads horror movie scripts in her spare time and her current read: Six Thousand Years of Bread (not a horror script). Chloe works 8 am to 2 pm (M-F) out of our Central Library office.

Library Events

Young children can continue to enjoy the library's Outdoor Story Time held in nearby parks this fall. Meanwhile, the Foundation prepares to share another season of the popular online series Reading is Instrumental.

In this ongoing collaboration with the Berkeley Symphony, Season 3 will feature scientist Judith Klinman, photographer Tabitha Soren, Warriors Assistant Coach Chris DeMarco, storyteller Josh Kornbluth, and the Honorable Barbara Lee. All of our celebrity readers are matched with outstanding musicians from the Berkeley Symphony.

In past episodes, Rita Moreno reads The Runaway Bunny alongside Ravinder Sehgal's charming bassoon tunes. Or listen to the sounds of diverse instruments as Berkeley Symphony Conductor Joseph Young reads the colorful My Family Plays Music. Watch all of our previous episodes HERE.

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The Library has resumed Popping the Science Bubble, a monthly seminar series of live lectures led by Berkeley scientists involved in cutting-edge research. Next seminar is October 19, 5:30pm-6:30pm. To see the most recent lecture “Moss Animals? The Secret Lives of Overlooked Sea Creatures” or any of the past events -- click here.


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