Reading Snapshot: Three Little Songs

Hannah from Gracepoint Berkeley church loves reading to her younger sisters! She must take after her parents, who we remember from the Bibliopolis U Book Fair 🙂

Sometimes it’s tough being the youngest, because it seems like everyone knows how to do everything already! But here’s Rachel, finding her own little corner where she can discover the joy of reading for herself 🙂

(Not So) Extreme Library Makeover: HB Edition

With the launch of Bibliopolis U over at DL for the college students, we decided to revamp the church library over at Gracepoint Berkeley church, and create some inviting reading spaces for all of us post-college readers, too! Unfortunately, we don’t have any “before” pictures, but you can use your imagination. It was basically one large room that was used primarily as a hallway between the two wings of HB. We started by rearranging the furniture that was already in the room, sliding Bibliopolis Adult Extension over to the other side to make room for the bookstore, which we moved in its entirety over into the room! We celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Library Bookstore with a Praxis Book Fair.

Thanks to these 4 sisters from ECM & IGSM who helped beautify the space for our Grand Opening!

Special thanks to the brothers who transported these Kallax shelves (product placement for IKEA), which are crucial as room dividers and book displayers. (There’s still a nice hallway for you to get to the other side of the building, but there’s a good chance you might buy a book on your way there!)

The long couch doesn’t look as daunting anymore! And if you’re wondering why there are so many flowers and…ladylike decorations around, it’s because we got extra mileage out of all our Sisters’ Night decor!

Proof that brothers hang out in the Library Bookstore too!
It’s been great to see people reading there throughout the day and night. There are signs to point you towards the Bookstore, Bibliopolis Adult Extension lending library, and there’s also the main church library too. It’s only a *little* confusing, but it’s a work in progress. 🙂 Hope you can come and visit the space soon. And there’s almost always classical music playing. Just sayin’!

Happy Read Across America Day!

Today is National Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss Day. He would have been 112 today, and to commemorate his birthday, school children all across the nation don red & white striped hats, and have fun, reading-centered celebrations at school and in their communities. At different Bibliopolis branches across our Gracepoint churches, we celebrated too. We have something special planned to share with you all, but it’s not ready yet. In the mean time, here’s a picture.

Cat in the Hat cousins at Gracepoint Berkeley‘s Bibliopolis with their parents (family resemblance much?). Auntie Annie with her trust bunny ears!

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? While I’m not a fan of all of his books, The Lorax is probably at the top of my list. Deep stuff.  

(Not So) Extreme Library Makeover: DL Edition

After the book fairs, we began setting up Bibliopolis U at DL in Berkeley. We converted the Glass Room into what is being called…the Glass Room. 🙂 Original, I know, but names are hard to change. Anyway, today’s post shows its transformation.

We stocked the shelves and now have a DL bookstore (on the left) and the DL Lending Library (on the right).
Some Klesis students and staff created a warmer yet cooler, and energy-saving, lighting scheme.
Suzie spearheaded the nifty wooden display board project!
The (gently used) free books crate is a big hit, as you can imagine!
Shout out to Jordan from a2f Berkeley, who is perhaps enjoying the library more than anyone! It looks like he’s the only one there, but there have been many utilizing the space!

Hope you can stop by to read, browse, or converse in our new space! It’s definitely a work in progress. Maybe we should bring Bibliocafe here!