About

Friends’ Mission:

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support and expand the educational, cultural, and outreach programs of the Berkeley Public Library. The Friends work with Library staff to build collections and stimulate interest in the Library.

The Friends’ federal tax ID number is 51-0193030.

What the Friends do:

Money raised by the Friends helps pay for many of the events at the Berkeley Public Library.

  • Children’s programming in the libraries, including the Summer Reading Program, puppet shows, craft programs, and storytellers
  • Teen programming and book clubs
  • Adult programming including author talks, poetry readings, Berkeley history lectures, and lunchtime concerts
  • The adult literacy program, Berkeley Reads
  • Staff acknowledgement through library school scholarships and service awards

How the Friends raise money:

  • Sales in two used bookstores
  • Membership dues and donations
  • Special book sales at community-wide events
  • Online booksales through our Amazon online sales site

Questions? Contact us at 510-981-6152 or berkeleylibraryfriends@gmail.com

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The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library is governed by a Board of Directors which meets monthly. Dates below indicate beginning of Board service.

  • President: Sandy Bails (2012)
  • First Vice President: Rosemary Hardy (2014)
  • Second Vice President: Amy Roth (2012)
  • Treasurer: Barbara McPhail (2011)
  • Recording Secretary: TBA
  • Directors-at-large: Bob Baty (2013), Claudia Berger (2015), Lucia Blakeslee (2014), Diane Davenport (2016), Andrea Foley (2015), Ruth Grimes (2011),  Judith Justice (2013), Peggy Kirihara (2014), Toni Klassen (2014), Margaret McGarrahan (2011), Yvonne Shawver (2015),  Kristin Stromberg (2016), Marilyn Willats (2016)
  • Bookmark Editor, Sayre Van Young, ex officio 
  • Membership, Mara Melandry, ex officio

PROUD member of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association

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