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.”


Late Fees Eliminated At Contra Costa County Libraries

From Patch Lamorinda

“Do you have a fine for overdue books or other materials from the Contra Costa County Library? Don’t pay it! The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to eliminate overdue fines on all library materials. The new policy will go into effect on Jan. 1. This is the first county library in California and largest in the state to eliminate fines for everyone.Until now, daily fines were charged on overdue books, magazines, DVDs and other materials. Cards that racked up too many unpaid fines were blocked from use. In fact, of more than 650,000 cardholders countywide, 18 percent currently have their cards blocked due to fines. Forty-three percent of youth accounts currently owe a balance and approximately 21,000 youth cards are blocked.”

Contra Costa County: El Cerrito Library opens LGBT book collection

From East Bay Times

“On Sept. 4, more than 110 people came to the El Cerrito Library to mark the historic grand opening of the Contra Costa Count Library system’s first LGBT+ Special Collection, made possible by a donation from The Deloach and Troy Trust.The collection includes fiction and nonfiction books for all ages that relate to gender identity and sexual orientation. While housed at the El Cerrito Library, individual volumes are available to all CCC Library cardholders.”

Around East County: Summer ‘Idea Box’ a hit at Oakley Library

From East Bay Times

“This summer the Oakley library was one of five libraries in Contra Costa County that were chosen to host an “Idea Box.” The “box” is set up like a Rube Goldberg-inspired collection contraption for which children and adults were able to write their ideas on pieces of paper and place them in a ball. The ball is then placed in the box and rolls its way to a storage place for the ideas at the bottom.“We received thousands of ideas,” Oakley Library manager Andrea Freyler told members of the Oakley City Council recently.The box was added before the end of the school year and throughout summer break. Freyler said that the children and adults loved putting ideas in it. Some of the many ideas included story time all day every day, making a huge Lego house, robotic competitions on Saturday mornings and superhero visits. Freyler said the biggest suggestion by far was to make the Oakley Library bigger, for which the council hoped there might be ideas on how to accomplish that goal.”

Contra Costa: Let summer reading take kids everywhere

From East Bay Times

” The Contra Costa County Library on June 4 will kick off its Summer Reading program, the library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.” Summer Reading runs through Aug. 4.This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” and the program is filled with activities, events and reading lists designed to show you that reading can take your imagination anywhere. Reading and learning help to spark new ideas and flex your creative muscles.For babies, the prereading program is meant to encourage early literacy practices in families while the baby’s brain is still in a critical developmental phase. Summer Reading also includes activities, programming and challenges for teens and adults. Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record.”

Contra Costa County Library Launches Video Storytime

From Martinez Patch

” The Contra Costa County Library is now offering Video Storytime through the Library’s YouTube channel. Starting today, Video Storytime will be available at Each playlist includes songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories. A new video will be available each month through of the rest of the year.All 26 branches of the Contra Costa County Library have storytime where parents and kids can learn and practice skills that are fundamental to early literacy. However, some families are not able to attend storytime at their local library. These videos allow parents and children to enjoy storytime on the go, at their own convenience on a variety of devices.”

Contra Costa County: Arson suspected in fire at El Sobrante library

From The Mercury News

” The two-alarm fire that damaged a local library branch Tuesday night may have been arson, a fire official said.“You’ve got an exterior burning after hours, and it goes into concealed area under the roof that’s fully combustible,” spokesman and Fire Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said on Wednesday. “Very suspicious.”The library at 4191 Appian Way needed repairs from smoke and water damage after fire crews put it out Tuesday in about 1 hour, 20 minutes, Laing said. The fire, which started around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, was burning hot enough when crews arrived that it ignited roof material overhanging the outside library wall, Laing said.”