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Annie Barrows in Support of Libraries

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at the library. I mean a lot. When I was 12, the librarians threw up their hands and hired me to shelve books, since I was there all the time anyway. I can't imagine my life without libraries. Read more >>> 

A favorite of grown-ups and kids alike, Annie Barrows books include  The Truth According to UsThe Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society and the beloved  Ivy+Bean series.  *  Be sure to bring your favorite Barrows book and stop by the BPLF Booth at the Bay Area Book Festival Saturday June 4th, 10am - 11am for a special meet and greet with Annie. 
Illustration by 
Sophie Blackall
Your Dollars at Work 

The Foundation's annual fundraising Spring Appeal is underway. Library lovers in Berkeley and beyond are invited to make a donation or pledge in support of the high impact improvements planned for the Central Library. There is so much we can do together.  Learn more about how your dollars work to make a great library extraordinary. 

The true value of libraries is that they create a community of the curious, of wonderers and learners and daydreamers. That's the kind of community I want to live in.   - Annie Barrows 2016 Authors Dinner Honoree

Join us for the  Bay Area Book Festival Stop by our booth for books and book signings, a chance to win a one-of-a-kind book garden, and especially to meet authors Annie Barrows, Kate Schatz, Carol Pogash,, Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton,Tony Hawthorne and Jesse Kellerman. Find us near the 
Friends of the Library b ooth on Writers Row (Center Street near BAMPFA) 
Donor Spotlight: Friends of the Berkeley Public Library

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library was founded in 1954 to support the Library, arguably  the city's best-loved institution.The Friends group is an all-volunteer organization made up of  close to 500 members, and 90 dedicated volunteers who raise money through the sale of  donated books. "We operate two bookstores, one inside the Central Library on the ground floor,  and the other just off Telegraph at 2433 Channing. Our on-line sales have become an  increasingly significant source of income, and we have an eagerly anticipated annual sale open  to the public in June." Over the last ten years the Friends raised $1.3 million to support Library
programming-summer reading programs for children and teens, adult literacy, a wide variety of  special lectures, workshops, and events at Central and all four branches-and contribute to  capital campaigns spearheaded by the Foundation. 

A big  BPLF 
to the Friends of the Library for making a lead capital contribution to the Foundation's It's Time for Central campaign. Your dollars at work! 
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch

Later this summer the newly named Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch will unveil a permanent sign and celebrate its namesake.  Tarea Hall Pittman  (1903-1991), a long-time  South Berkeley  resident and civil-rights activist. Pittman was a key leader who registered African-Americans to vote; led protests to persuade war industries to hire African Americans; pushed to integrate Bay Area communities, desegregate the Oakland Fire Department, and led the NAACP's successful effort to pass the California Fair Employment Practices Law. Her long-running weekly radio program on station KDIA, was an important source of positive news for and about the African-American community. Look for an invitation later this year to events and programs that honor her legacy and the library in South Berkeley. 
West Branch Keeps on Winning 

West Branch has earned two more highly distinguished awards  -- LEED Platinum, the highest level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ). And, the  American Institute of Architects (AIA)  prestigious  COTE Top 10 Award (Committee on the Environment.  According to AIA, "the  COTE Top Ten Awards  program, now in its 19th year, is the profession's most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology." Go West!
Peter Richardson
AfterWORDS with Grateful Dead Authors Peter Richardson and David Gans

Join Grateful Dead chroniclers Peter Richardson , author of  No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead  and David Gans , for a Jungle Room gathering at  Shattuck Avenue Spats, one of Jerry Garcia's Berkeley hangouts in the '70s. Listen and participate in an insightful conversation about the social milieu which shaped and was shaped by America's top touring band of the second half of the 20th century. Proceeds benefit the Berkeley Public Library Foundation. 

A very special thanks to Mark Rhoades for sponsoring this AfterWORDS event. 

Don't miss out on the Friends of the Public Library annual book sale June  11 and 12 at the  Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, 3r d Floor Meeting Room. Hundreds of fabulous books at affordable prices. Come early and often, new books added as the days progress. 

A Perfect Sunday Afternoon 

Thanks to Tom Dalzell's generous gift of a  Quirky Berkeley Tour for this year's AfterWORDS a group of Berkeley stalwarts got to see the crying angel/singing dog bench, the largest peace sign in town, a topiary giraffe and more. 

Rosa Shattuck Circle

Become a charter member of the Rosa Shattuck Circle and support the library with your sustaining gifts! Named in honor of Rosa Shattuck, the woman who donated the land for Berkeley's Central Library in 1903, membership with special benefits begins with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. 

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