Berkeley libraries provide free events all April long

As media sponsors of this program, we are thrilled to share the details with 510families readers.

The Berkeley Public Library has been busy with remodels and renovations galore. Now it’s time to celebrate what a wonderful community resource we have. It’s a city-wide library-warming and everyone is invited!

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services told us about the full calendar of free events:

The Branch Out! celebration not only encourages people to experience each of the new and improved Berkeley Public Library branches, but also to expand their own horizons via an array of FREE events and activities, to inspire all ages and interests, such as after-hours concerts, art exhibits, ‘pop-up’ libraries connecting patrons to e-books at food truck gatherings, author talks, a sleepover party for stuffed animals, a family-friendly First Friday of art and music, and much more.

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

A few of our picks for kid fun (many are ongoing):

Thursday, April 3, 7-8pm @ West Branch
Pajama Story Time & Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens in the library at night? Put on your pajamas and grab a stuffed animal friend for West’s first ever Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Sleep Over. Listen to bedtime stories, and after a small snack, leave your furry friend at the library overnight. When you return to pick up your stuffed animal in the morning, you’ll see what happened at the library after dark! Recommended for ages 3 and up. (Note: it is the stuffies and not the children sleeping over)

Saturday, April 5, 10:30-11:30am @ Central Library
Children’s Book Author & Illustrator Todd Parr
Berkeley resident, Todd Parr, has written such fun and colorful picture books as The Peace Book, It’s Okay to Be Different and Reading Makes You Feel Good. He’ll talk about being an author and illustrator, read from a bunch of his books and answer questions! Best for ages 3-7.

Wednesday, April 16, 3:30-4:30pm @ North Branch
Children’s Book Author Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett has written fourteen very funny and slightly absurd children’s stories ranging from picture books like Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World to chapter books like the Brixton Brothers mystery series, and those that defy categorization like his newest, Battle Bunny, which the Bulletin for Children’s books called “a complexly layered work of comic genius.” Be prepared to laugh, as he reads from his books, answers questions and signs your books! For ages 5 and up.

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

Tuesdays, 10:15-11:10am @ South Branch
Tiny Tots Story Time & Playtime

Discover the joy of books and language in this highly participatory program of books, songs, finger plays, friendly puppets and movement activities. This 25-minute program is followed by a 30-minute open playtime with toys, puppets and manipulatives. For ages 6-18 months; not suitable for daycares.

Tuesdays, 10:15-11:05am & 11:15am-12:05pm @ Claremont Branch
Book Babies & Tiny Tots

Join us for bounces, tickles, books, songs and musical instruments with our youngest in a story time designed specifically for infants, babies, toddlers and their participating adults. An open “Stay and Play” time with toys and manipulatives follows this program. For ages 6-18 months; not suitable for daycares.

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm @ North Branch
Paws to Read

Dogs are a great audience for shy readers! Have your child sign-up to read to a dog, and choose a book at the Library, or bring one from home. For children in K-5th grade.

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm @ Claremont Branch
Preschool Story Time, Sing-along & Craft

Calling all preschoolers and accompanying adults! Join us for fun with books, songs and a craft-based on the theme of the week! For ages 3-5.

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

Every Sunday in April, 5-8pm
Off the Grid @ North Berkeley BART station

Berkeley Public Library will get your mobile device connected to the library so you can read or listen to FREE e-books, magazines, and streaming music from the library! Connect with our mobile hotspot @Off the Grid. Wondering if Off the Grid is good for your kid?

Find Library-related Geocaches, All Month
Each library location in Berkeley, including temporary locations and other original sites, have their own hidden cache in Berkeley! Geocachers can find the sites by looking at the geocache map, or by searching Librarian@North on the app or site. We *heart* geocaching with kids.

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014: South Branch

[All images provided by Berkeley Public Library, Photo credit: Richard Friedman]

Branch Out! is presented by the Berkeley Public Library and co-sponsored by Berkeley Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Library. is a proud media sponsor.

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  1. Rachel Anderson says

    Thanks for sharing this information, 510Families! I love the idea of the stuffed animal sleepover. And Todd Parr & Mac Barnett! So cool.