The decision came after the library realized that the 11,000 people blocked from checking out books because of late fees came from Berkeley's lower-income neighborhoods.
Patrons can watch the night sky in a portable planetarium show, learn about urban farming, or take virtual-reality tours through the International Space Station or the human body.
The Friends bookstore is stocked with donations from the community. Some are re-donated. Most are sold for under $3 to support the Berkeley Library. A few are exciting discoveries.
The South Berkeley branch's name was changed in 2015, but the signage was only just installed this month.
A corporate push to de-emphasize books and stress digital learning and community spaces is at the heart of the problems roiling Berkeley's public library.
Library directors want to bring in an independent consultant to examine why the institution has been so troubled recently, including having three directors in just a few years.
Neither Heidi Dolamore nor the library board would talk about why she is leaving.
Council decided Selawsky's experience is what is needed now for the board, even though it meant rejecting the lawyer nominated by the BOLT.
Jesse Arreguín is suggesting appointing a political colleague to the Board of Library Trustees rather than the lawyer whom the board has nominated.
The City Council on Tuesday removed the president and vice president of the Board of Library Trustees.
Two of the Board of Library Trustees are tone deaf to the concerns of the community and should be replaced.
Julie Holcomb of the Board of Library Trustees urges the City Council to approve the appointment of Judy Hunt. She also says an independent board is critical for the library.
Jim Novosel, a member of the library board, wants to set politics aside and start a "healing process" by convening a task force to look at some of the library's issues.