The Berkeley Public Library Foundation held an online 
celebration hosted by Roman Mars, the creator of the radio show 99% Invisible. Throughout the program, viewers were 
able to get a sneak peek of 
the new Central Library 
spaces, enjoy music and dance performances, hear stories and poetry by local authors, and participate in a silent auction. Guests included author and 
filmmaker Laleh Khadivi, 
violinist Matthew Szemela, 
poet Ross Gay, and the executive 
director of the Berkeley Symphony, René Mandel. All proceeds 
support library innovations 
and will expand access to the community.