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The South Berkeley community turned out in force on May 11 to celebrate the beautiful new South Branch and Tool Lending Libraries at the corner of Russell and MLK. See Richard Friedman’s opening day photos.
Designed by architectural firm Field Paoli, the new branch has significantly more space and is seismically safe, ADA compliant and accessible. Public art by mosaic artist Gina Dominguez graces the inside and outside of the library. In the new atrium, a piece by internationally renowned Berkeley sculptor Stephen De Staebler, donated to the library in the 1970s, is now on display in a dedicated niche. Reading room windows look out to serene Zen gardens, and spaces for children, teens and staff are ample and welcoming. A spacious new meeting room, free to local groups, features a wooden ceiling reclaimed from the orginal building. Stop by and enjoy the new South Branch for yourself!
The 11th Annual Authors Dinner, featuring literary lights from all over the Bay Area, raised substantial funds for the Berkeley Public Libraries and was an exhilarating and entertaining evening for honored authors and guests alike. Photographer Richard Friedman captured the spirit of the night, from setup to portraits of honored authors to images of the fantastic art that graced Central Library that night. See Richard’s photos and Berkeleyside’s article about the Authors Dinner.
A Conversation with Michael Lewis
On October 17, 2012, author Michael Lewis met with Linda Schacht Gage at the Berkeley Public Library to talk about his recent Vanity Fair article, “Obama’s Way.”
The evening was a program of the Berkeley Public Library, sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the family of Harry Weininger. With support from the East Bay Media Center, the entire program was recorded and is available for all. Enjoy! Special thank you to Michael Lewis and Linda Schacht Gage.
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