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Beale Memorial Library Wifi


Beale Memorial Library photo701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(view map)
(661) 868-0701

Head Librarian: Maria Rutledge



Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.

Jack Maguire Local History Room Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m.

For an appointment, call (661) 868-0770.

Genealogy Room Hours

The Genealogy Room is open to the public during regular library hours. Genealogical Society Volunteers are available Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Services and Phone Numbers

Interlibrary Loan (661) 868-0779
Meeting Rooms (661) 868-0740

Meeting Rooms

KCL May Events Calendar (Adobe PDF)

 

Day Date Time Event
New Every Week! N/A N/A #StorytimeOnline - Bilingual & English
Discover new videos every week with hosts Liz & Rafael on our YouTube channel and checked out all our archived storytimes too! http://goo.gl/7KPJRW
Saturdays All 2pm Math Clinic & Homework Help
Learn math or get assistance with your math homework. Open to all ages. Registration Required, call 661.868.0701. GMP Room.
Mondays All 11am Toddler Time: Explore & Play
Mondays All 12pm Tablet & eBook Experience
Call 661.868.0701 to register.
Tuesdays All 11am Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays All 11am Bilingual Storytime
Wednesdays & Thursdays All 11am Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Wednesdays All 12pm Bilingual Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Thursdays All 10:15am Sensory Storytime
Mondays All 3:30-6:30pm Mindstorm Mondays
Teens explore and have fun building robots using LEGO Mindstorms. Teen-LED Lab on the Second Floor. Registration required: 661.868.0701.
Thursdays All 3:30-6:30pm 3D Thursdays
Teens explore 3D Digital Design and 3D Printing with fellow teens. Teen-LED Lab on the Second Floor. Registration required: 661.868.0701.
Wednesdays 13 & 27 4pm Barks & Books: Read to a Therapy Dog
Register at 661.868.0701
Saturday 2 10am-1pm Teen-LED (Learn-Explore-Discover) Lab Open House
Come see the Beale Memorial Library's newest teen space and lear what after school technology programs are in store for teens; featuring 3D printing and robotics demonstrations by teen volunteers. Also, info about teen volunteering opportunities.
Tuesday 5 11am Mother's Day Stories & Crafts
Thursday 7 5:30pm LEGO Club: Come Build With Us!
Saturday 9 10am-12pm Talking Stone: Art of the Cosos
Documentary screening about the largest concentration of rock art in North America, followed by a discussion with Alan Garfinkel Gold, PhD. Tejon Room.
Saturday 9 3pm Volunteer Orientation. Tejon Room
Tuesday 12 5pm Beginning Guitar. Tejon Room.
Thursday 14 5pm Film Screening: To Write Love On Her Arms
Sponsored by Kern County Mental Health.
Saturday 16 3pm Finding Happiness
Surendra Dara, agricultural scientist, motivational speaker, and founder of Laugh to Live - will discuss the philosophy of happiness, factors that contribute to and that take away happiness, and ways to find happiness within each of us. Tejon Room.
Tuesday 19 1pm Digitizing Your Ancestry
Presented by genealogist, Bob Givens. Tejon Room.
Tuesday 26 5pm Beginning Ukelele. Tejon Room.
Saturday 30 10am-1pm Kickoff Summer Reading: A Book a Day Keeps Boredom Away
Bilingual stories, Pocoyo mascot, live music, sign-up for the Summer Reading Challenge 2015, and more!
Saturday 30 10am-5:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc.
Children's Used Book Sale; Auditorium

 


About Beale Memorial Library

Located in downtown Bakersfield, the Beale Memorial Library is the central research library for Kern County. The 127,000 square feet facility is built around a 4,000 square feet atrium and has room for 200 vehicles in the parking lot. Many of the furnishings, art and specialized collections in the new facility were provided through private donations to the Kern County Library Foundation.

The original Beale Memorial Library was dedicated on June 2, 1900, a gift to the city of Bakersfield by Mrs. Mary E. Beale and her son Truxtun in memory of their husband and father, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale. That building was destroyed in the 1952 earthquake. A second Beale Library was completed in 1957; the library moved to the present location in April, 1988.

Federal Depository Library Program logo

The Beale Memorial Library of the Kern County Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the Government Documents collection is guaranteed by Public Law (Title 44 United States Code).

Facts About the Main Library

Materials Checked out 362,692
Library Holdings 294,466
Weekly Hours Open 48
Year Built 1988
Square Feet 128,165
 
   
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