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Posted inArts

Authors’ Dinner raises funds for Berkeley Public Library

Frances Dinkelspiel, honorary chair at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s 2016 Authors’ Dinner, along with chair Linda Schacht Gage. Photo: Richard Friedman Frances Dinkelspiel, honorary chair at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s 2016 Authors’ Dinner, along with chair Linda Schacht Gage. Photo: Richard Friedman On Saturday night, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation hosted its 14th annual […]

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After outcry, library board votes to change South Branch name to include civil-rights leader

Supporters of a name change for the South Branch Public Library hold placards at a special Board of Library Trustees meeting on May 7, 2015. Photo: Tracey Taylor Supporters of a name change for the South Branch Public Library hold placards at a special Board of Library Trustees meeting on May 7, 2015. Photo: Tracey Taylor The Berkeley Board […]

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11 Berkeley projects recognized for design excellence

The UC Berkeley-owned Dwight Way Childcare Center, one of 11 buildings recognized by BDA this year for its excellent design. Photo: Siegel & Strain Architects Berkeley Design Advocates, a volunteer group of architects and urban planners, showcase the best contemporary design in Berkeley — as well as the best restoration of the city’s historical buildings — with […]

Posted inCommunity

Neighbors petition to rename South Branch Library after civil-rights leader

The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library: a group of neighbors would like to see it named after Tarea Hall Pittman, a civil-rights leader who lived in South Berkeley. Photo: Richard Friedman Update, April 23: The Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Public Library voted against renaming the South Branch after civil-rights leader Tarea […]

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Berkeley’s West Branch first ‘net zero’ library in the state

Berkeley’s West Branch Library at 1125 University Ave. Photo Richard Friedman Berkeley’s West Branch Library at 1125 University Ave. Photo Richard Friedman The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, which opened in Decemeber 2013, produced more energy that it used in 2014, and it has been officially anointed as the first “net zero” library in the […]

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How Quirky is Berkeley? From Lucky’s to Amoeba at 2455 Telegraph Avenue

Lucky’s Store No. 18. Photo: Donogh files, BAHA archives Lucky’s Store No. 18. Photo: Donogh files, BAHA archives The quirky-looking building on the southeast corner of Telegraph and Haste, now Amoeba Music, has a colorful history that illustrates several chapters in Berkeley’s proud, independent history. The building at 2455 Telegraph started life as Lucky’s Store […]