Look below to find fun events, activities, book suggestions, and ways that the Berkeley Public Library can help you have a stellar summer. ENJOY!
Out of This World Fun all Summer Long
Next Week! Apollo 11 Moon Landing Celebrations @BPL
Monday, July 15, Live from NASA!
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing! Join us for a guided recreation of Apollo 11’s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston. What was the sequence of this incredible mission? Where on the Moon did they land? And how did they return safely to Earth?
This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program.
In the Light and Shadow STEM Workshop, kid designers gain a deeper knowledge of light and its ability to move through different materials by designing their own shadow puppets using high-tech tools. Ages 4-8. Space is limited. Call 510-981-6223 beginning July 15 to register.
Send a little peace around the world. Help us fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to Japan in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. We will have a reading from the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and we will have the treat of beautiful koto music by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and friends. If you don't know how to fold, we'll show you. Ages 8 and up for folding due to difficulty, but younger kids are welcome to listen to the story and enjoy the music!
Middle schoolers, volunteer at the library as a Student Friend. Tasks include cleaning books, writing thank-you notes to Summer Reading sponsors, and assisting in setting up for programs.
Each participant can volunteer for one hour per day for a total of 4 hours for the summer. A signed permission slip is needed at the time of or before the first volunteer hour.
Call 510-981-6223 for more information.
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Manage your Library Account from the Stars
Whether you are in town or out of sight, it's easy to use your online library account. Have your library card number on hand.
· Go to MY ACCOUNT on the Berkeley Public Library web page.
· You can renew checked out items so long as no one else has placed a hold on them or they are not labeled “Lucky Day”.
· You can freeze holds so they won’t be delivered while you are out of town. Holds must be frozen before your turn comes up.
Picture Book. Preschool- grade 1. Offbeat rhymes and colorful, retro-style illustrations evoke a funny little world where a spaceman, a robot and a cheeky monkey use a most unusual method to protect Earth from hungry, googly-eyed moon aliens.
Picture Book. Preschool-grade 1. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong and released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, a celebration of friendship and a child's curiosity finds a kite-flying little boy promising to visit a lonely Moon before pursuing a career as an astronaut.
Picture Book. Grades K-2. When Annie has a career day at her school, each member of her family wonders if she will choose their career path--her grandfather the news photographer, her father the mountain climber or her mother the basketball player--until she reveals a dream that is all her own
Nonfiction. Grades 2-5. Journey to the Moon on the Apollo 12 mission with astronaut and artist Alan Bean! As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon.
Nonfiction. Grades 2-5. Shares the story of renowned astronaut and distinguished scientist Kathryn Sullivan, describing how she defied the conventions of her childhood to pursue interests previously limited to boys and how she became the first woman to walk in space.
Fiction. Grades 4-6. Spreading the word of the dangers still threatening Earth, Benny Love and his Moon Platoon friends track down Elijah West's long-missing research partner and wonder if he is trustworthy enough to be part of the team protecting the planet from a next wave of alien invaders.