Recent News

Apr 23, 2021

April Newsletter

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Cody Award goes to the Bay Area Book Festival!

Feb 14, 2021

February Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day! We kicked off our 25th anniversary year with a lovely virtual Library Love Letters video that brimmed with heartfelt messages from our fans. We’re happy to share the video here. If you have a Library story to share with us too, please send it to us at!

Jan 28, 2021

January Newsletter

We kick off our 25th anniversary Library Love Letters campaign! Annie is the author of the famed Ivy & Bean series, the Guernsey Literary and the Potato Peel Society, and a Berkeley Public Library fan for 30 years. Tune in, February 12 & 13, to hear about the moment the 7-year-old Annie mustered the courage to venture into the junior fiction section at the library.

Dec 20, 2021

December Newsletter

As we share this video showcasing our new Teen Room at Central, we thank our Community Partner, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and you, the donors, who helped make this renovation possible. Now, the space is inviting, cozy, flexible, and conducive to collaboration.

Dec 16, 2021

December Newsletter

It’s winter. It’s raining. It’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. And to make an end-of-the-year gift to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation, whose donors funded the perfect place to find and enjoy that book: the new Mystery Room at Berkeley Central.

Nov 16, 2021

November Newsletter

Season 3 of Reading Is Instrumental kicks off; introducing our newly elected board president and board members; and other Library happenings! Tickets to our in-person May Authors Dinner will go on sale in March – save the date!

Sep 29, 2021

Fall Newsletter

Important updates on our events and programs; a new staff member on board; and a reminder to be subscribed to Library events so you don’t miss out on hearing about exciting research being done by UC Berkeley scientists!

JUN 20, 2021

Summer Newsletter

Read on for the extended browsing hours at the downtown Central Library, learn about new BOLT member Beverly Greene, and see a summer reading list from Foundation Board and Staff. Enjoy!