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.”

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.”