Berkeley Public Library will give away hundreds of free comics and host fun comic-themed events in celebration of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4th. The festivities will take place from 1:00–4:00 at all library locations. Free comics will be available for children, teens, and adults (limit 3 per person, while supplies last) and the events, including cartooning workshops, crafting sessions and movie screenings, are free and open to all. Free Comic Book Day is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.
Over the years we've received lots of input from you, our community, about how we could improve our online catalog. To better serve you, the Berkeley Public Library will launch a new online catalog on July 2nd. We think this transition will address many of your suggestions and the new platform will improve our staff user experience as well. We are excited to share this good news with you!
Click here to learn about the benefits to patrons as well as how the transition may effect you.
Link+ is a service we offer that gives BPL users access to collections from 59 other library systems. Beginning May 31, Link+ will be temporarily unavailable as part of the transition to our new online catalog.Please return all Link+ items by May 31st. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience and we will alert you as soon as our Link+ service has been restored. Questions? Please ask. We are here to help!
Do you own a library card for Alameda County Library or for other nearby libraries like Oakland or San Francisco? You can use Link+ through a variety of systems during BPL's temporary suspension of Link+ service. Click here for the list of Link+ Member Libraries.
"Near Normal Man" is a documentary, told in a 1st hand account by Ben Stern, a Polish Jew, who survives 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps and 2 death marches only to face the Nazis again - 30 years later - this time in Skokie, Illinois. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ben Stern and Producer/Director Charlene Stern.
This event is free and co-sponsored by the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, Berkeley Public Library, and the AAUW.
Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale for at the annual Friends book sale, many for $0.50!The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library is a 501(c)(3) CA nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support and expand the educational, cultural, and outreach programs of the Library.
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Monday, May 20th - Malcolm X Day
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day
Sunday, June 30th - Library transitioning to new online catalog
Monday, July 1st - Library transitioning to new online catalog