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20 Years of Funding Library Innovation

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$325 towards $40,000

1. BOOKS - 450,000 books – check 'em out!

2. TOOLS - Need a lawn mower, ladder, or level? Borrow a tool to do it yourself.

3. LIBRARIANS - Librarians are awesome – always there to guide you and share their expertise.

4. TEENS - Teens have their own rooms at four library locations – soon, a fifth dynamic teen space will be created at Central.

5. SCIENCE - Science rocks! The library is launching new programs to boost science literacy for all ages.

6. MUSIC - Music lovers can see live performances or find CDs, sheet music, and a bodacious collection of vinyl.

7. ART - Artists visit regularly, sharing their work and nurturing creativity.

8. LAW - Need legal advice? Volunteer lawyers are on hand monthly at all branches.

9. TECH - Access to computers, tablets, and more puts the world of information at your fingertips.

10. FILM - Check out, stream, or attend screenings of thousands of films.

11. AUTHORS - Opportunities abound to meet a favorite author or discover a new one.

12. STORIES - Story times and countless other events delight the whole family – kids and their grown-ups.

13. GATHER - Meeting rooms and tech classrooms help nonprofits and businesses get their work done.

14. LANGUAGES - Newcomers can find books in many languages and resources for learning English.

15. HEALTH - Neighbors in need get help with food, housing, and health resources when the Berkeley Free Clinic visits.

16. ACCESS - Mobile access? The Library on Wheels pedals all around town, making library services available to all.

17. ONLINE - Prefer to stay in your slippers? Check out great books, magazines, music, and movies online from home.

18. NEWS - With the library's vast selection of reliable news sources, we can all bypass "fake news" and be better informed.

19. WORK - Looking for a job? Free workshops help make your résumé shine.

20. DISCOUNTS - Bay Area museums, zoos, and more offer free or discounted passes through the library.



Make a $1,000 or more gift to the Foundation and become a member of the Rosa Shattuck Circle of sustaining donors!

In 1903, Rosa Shattuck, a Berkeley pioneer and lifelong public library supporter, secured the funding and donated the land for Berkeley's first permanent public library. Make a sustaining gift to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and become a member of the Rosa Shattuck Circle today! Circle donors enjoy special events and benefits throughout the year.