Contra Costa County Cyber Attack Snarls County Library Network

From NBC Bay Area

“It may take several days to recover from a ransomware attack that has shuttered the online network linking all branches Contra Costa County Library branches and the Martinez administrative offices, the system said Friday evening.”The affected servers have all been taken offline and some library services have already been restored,” library officials said in an announcement. “It may be several days before all library services are fully operational.”All branches will be open for their regular hours, where patrons will be able to check out and return materials and use public computers.”

Contra Costa County Cyber Attack Snarls County Library Network

Contra Costa Libraries are revamping the system’s website

From East Bay Times

“The Contra Costa County Library system has completed the migration to its new website and catalog, and here is a snapshot of the improvements and upgrades. An update was long overdue, as the previous version of the website was created more than 20 years ago. The technology of the old platform was limited and the website was cluttered and confusing. In order to offer much of the content, we used dozens of third party applications and work-arounds. The company we contracted with for the new website and catalog, BiblioCommons, creates tools specifically for libraries. The tools were designed with library users in mind. The navigation is simple and clear and the search tool is robust.”

Library Lines: Contra Costa Libraries are revamping the system’s website

New card designs available in Contra Costa

From East Bay Times

“Officials and staff in the Contra Costa County Library system are excited to introduce five new library card designs. The new cards are available now at any Contra Costa community library. First-time cardholders can choose one of the new designs when signing up, and those who already have cards may replace their current ones for free. The new card designs include Mount Diablo, an astronaut, a train, an otter and a fox.The five new cards were chosen in a voting process earlier this year when the public was asked to choose their five favorites out of nine designs. The introduction of new cards and the elimination of overdue fines are just two of the changes the library system has made this year to attract new cardholders, re-engaging with patrons who have dormant cards and encouraging more checkouts.”

Library Lines: New card designs available in Contra Costa

Contra Costa : ‘Take Me to Your Reader’ kids program set for summer

From East Bay Times

“According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to develop the habit of reading. In modern libraries, Summer Reading is also a tool to help kids keep up their reading levels and encourage reluctant readers to engage in related activities.The Contra Costa County Library system’s Summer Reading program is designed for readers of all ages to have fun reading and engage in activities that encourage learning. This year’s theme is “Take Me to Your Reader” and celebrates everything about outer space in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions that included the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.”

Library Lines: ‘Take Me to Your Reader’ kids program set for summer

Contra Costa: After protests, an estimated 500 attend East Bay library’s ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’

From SF Gate

“There were some in Brentwood who felt that a literary event at the Brentwood Community Center on Monday night was inappropriate for kids. Why? The public reading in Contra Costa County featured a drag queen reading children’s books to, well, children.But the 25 or so people who showed up to protest mostly peacefully outside the venue were well outnumbered by the 500 people Contra Costa County Libraries estimated to have attended the event. It was more people than the organization expected to attend to hear Bella Aldama read to young guests, a spokeswoman for the group told SFGATE, but it was nevertheless a rousing success.”

Planned drag queen storytime ruffles some feathers in Brentwood

From Times-Herald

“An upcoming library story hour on inclusion and tolerance is stirring up a commotion in Brentwood.Since the recent announcement that East Bay drag queen Bella Aldama Word will do the reading, social media has gone into a frenzy and people have been calling to express their displeasure or voice their support, according to Brentwood Library staff.The Friends of the Library-sponsored Drag Queen Storytime — the first such one — will be held across the street from the library at the larger Brentwood Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, followed by a heart wand craft-making session. Regular storytimes are held in the mornings at the library.Contra Costa County Library spokeswoman Brooke Converse said some mistakenly thought Aldama is going to give a nightclub-like performance, which isn’t the case.”

Contra Costa: County Library clears outstanding fines for all patrons

From Richmond Standard

“As promised, the Contra Costa County Library system started off the New Year by clearing outstanding fines on all library accounts.Last month, the Library announced its plan to eliminate fines for overdue books and materials and to bring all library cards into good standing. Patrons previously blocked from library services are now able to check out books, magazines and DVDs and use all online services.Library officials hope the decision will attract back patrons who have been avoiding the Library due to the fines. Last month, about 118,450 of the more than 650,000 cardholders in the county, or 18 percent, had blocked library cards.”