The Contra Costa Library system’s annual book giveaway is right around the corner. Used books no longer needed in the libraries’ collections will be available to you while supplies last. Books will be sorted into children’s, adult fiction and nonfiction and include a large section of paperbacks and hardcover books in all subjects.
Please bring your own boxes or bags. For more information please contact Library Administration at 925-608-7700 or [email protected] The giveaway is Aug. 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. behind the Pleasant Hill Library, 75 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.
New Brentwood library: While no opening date has been confirmed, we will soon know when the new library will be ready for prime time. It is anticipated to open some time in September, with a big celebration that will include a ribbon cutting, performers, a scavenger hunt throughout the building and special storytimes by some of the Contra Costa County Library system’s finest.
More details will come in next month’s column, but I know our customers (and staff) can’t wait. We will once again be open 56 hours a week — Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Look for an official rollout in September, with a ribbon cutting by El Cerrito’s mayor.
August events at East Contra Costa libraries
Here’s a sampling of what’s up in East Contra Costa libraries in August. Check out our website at ccclib.org/programs to get a full lineup, including storytimes, book clubs, computer help sessions and beading programs.
Magic by Bill — An Idea Box Program: Aug. 4 from 1 to 1:40 p.m. at the Pittsburg Library. Prepare to be amazed by jaw-dropping illusions, side-splitting comedy and flawless sleight-of-hand in this magic show by professional magician Bill Sparacino. This free magic show is open to all ages. After the magic show at 2 p.m., there will be a magic workshop for children in grades two and up. While the magic show is open to all, the workshop has limited spacing, and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis before the magic show.
National Night Out: Aug. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Antioch Library. Come together with your friends and neighbors for conversation and refreshments and celebrate a sense of community at your local library.
ID Theft Prevention and Protection — Travis Credit Union Seminar: Aug. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Antioch Library. How do people make themselves vulnerable to identity theft? This presentation helps you understand how to protect your Social Security number from fraud, become skilled at spotting phishing attacks on your email in-box, learn how to shop safely online and what to do if you become a victim of fraud.
Oakley Robots: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Oakley Library. Mindstorms is an exciting Lego product that makes it possible for everyone to design and program their own robots. This three day program introduces you to this amazing, easy-to-learn system. We will look at building, coding, and problem-solving, introducing skills that are vital for students today. For ages 10-18, and participants are expected to attend all three classes. Registration begins 8/7/2018 at 7:00 a.m.
Juggler Owen Baker-Flynn: Aug. 28 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Death-defying stunts! Extreme juggling! Jelly-bean spitting! You never know what Owen will pull out of his magic box next.
Liz Fuller is Senior Community Library Manager of the Brentwood and Prewett Libraries, and can be reached at [email protected]