beware of book

Us: Is it that time of year already?

You: Uhhh … ?

Us: Wait, you’ve never heard of the Berkeley Public Library’s annual Banned Bookmobile?

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We’re guessing that with the bazillion of libraries our beloved Berkeley has right on campus, not too many student-folk frequent the Berkeley Public Library. And that’s a shame because, unbeknownst to many, the BPL offers tons of cool shiznit, like tie-died library cards and, oh yeah, a banned book-themed mobile.

We spied Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and a book that arguably defines not only our childhood, but our teenage-hood and impending adulthood as well. Yes, we are talking about “Harry Potter.”  The first installment of that beloved series dangles gracefully along with a few other controversial titles — artfully tied up in red tape, of course.

The mobile will be on display through Oct. 26, in the entrance lobby, so take your studies off campus and check it out.

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When she was alive, Joyce Columbia Berner loved books so much that she married them. No, really, she pretty much did–Berner had such an affinity for written stories that she eventually changed her last name to “Book.” She died with the name of Joyce Columbia Book last year, and that was that. Berkeley lost one of its many eccentric souls.

Today, however, the name Joyce Columbia Book resurfaces after a recent revelation. When Book died, she left a great amount of money to the Berkeley Public Library–$77,000, to be exact.

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Maybe you’ve got an awesome summer ahead, but more likely than not, you’re going to summer school, working, or just plain studying. If you need some downtime and detest spending 10 bucks to see a movie in theaters, bring the movie home … for free.

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The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Maybe you, like many other denizens of Berkeley, have that occasional hankering to make like a real live hippie and shack up in the trees. Maybe you’d rather grab a bottle of wine and a loved one, and leave out the hammock and face rags. Who does hammocks anyway? Hammocks are for newbs. Tree houses all the way!

For those of you who don’t live in Loth, the Clog is here to advise you on all your treehouse-building concerns. The next time you’re thinking of setting up shop in a nice oak somewhere, look not to Ace. Avoid Eastern Supplies, and hop not onto the 51, which would drop you off in front of Bolfing’s Elmwood Hardware on College Avenue. For all your hardware needs, the Berkeley Public Library has them all beat. read more »