Town Hall meetings for County Library Strategic Planning

What Do You Want From Your County Library?  Attend a Town Hall Meeting Collecting Input for the Library’s Strategic Planning Process. 

Contra Costa County is conducting a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the county to gather input on how the library can better serve our communities. Please attend one at the library in your community to provide your suggestions! See schedule below: Continue reading “Town Hall meetings for County Library Strategic Planning”

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Contra Costa Library wins National Award

Contra Costa Library, National Medal, library servicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Contra Costa County Library as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The National Medal was be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14. Continue reading “Contra Costa Library wins National Award”

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Contra Costa Reading Festival, May 16-18

The Contra Costa County Library will present its first-ever countywide Contra Costa County Library Reading Festival. To be held May 16 – 18, 2008, the Reading Festival celebrates the importance of reading and libraries by bringing 50 authors into 25 community libraries for a weekend of free and fun programs.

The Reading Festival will offer something for readers of all ages and interests and promote discovery in every chapter of life. Fiction and non-fiction readers alike will enjoy a fabulous line-up of best-selling and emerging authors, including novelists Anita Amirrezvani and Elizabeth Rosner, mystery writer Cara Black, Catherine Coulter, author of bestselling FBI thrillers, and nonfiction authors Peggy Orenstein and Greg Mortenson.

Bring the kids along for an opportunity to meet a variety of wonderful children’s authors and illustrators, including Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Vivian Walsh, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, perennial favorites Robert San Souci and Daniel San Souci, and award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales. Even teens will have something to enjoy – the chance to meet Frank Portman and mystery writer Penny Warner.

Authors will be scheduled to speak at each of the 25 Contra Costa County Community Libraries and each community library will host programs and events throughout the weekend as part of this celebration of reading. All dates and times are subject to change. Please visit the Library’s website at ccclib.org/reads for information on specific authors and Reading Festival events.

The Contra Costa County Library Reading Festival is being presented by Target Corporation.

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Project Second Chance offers adult literacy tutor training beginning Apr 11

Project Second Chance, located in Pleasant Hill, will offer tutor training to volunteers wishing to help adults learn to read, beginning with an introduction to the training on April 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Followed by an additional 12 hours of instruction on two successive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 April 14 and 21.

The full 14-hour training is required to be eligible for an assignment. All tutor training sessions are held at the PSC office in Pleasant Hill. All tutoring materials are provided free of charge to program participants. Although it is not required, a voluntary donation of $15 is requested to offset the costs of training supplies and refreshments.

PSC tutors are 21 years of age or older. No degrees or diplomas are necessary and there are no tests required for tutors. Good tutors are empathetic, patient, able to give clear directions, and willing to learn new skills themselves.
PSC asks volunteers to:

– Make at least a one-year commitment to the program.
– Meet with their student at a public location, twice a week, for a 1 ½ hour tutoring session.
– Dedicate time for preparing lessons and for traveling to and from the tutoring site.

For more information or to register, call (925) 927-3250 or e-mail PSC at: psc@ccclib.org

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Diablo Valley Literacy Council offers literacy tutor training beginning March 1

diablo valley literacy council tutor training 2008The Diablo Valley Literacy Council will hold tutor training classes beginning Saturday March 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by additional training sessions on Tuesday evening March 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday March 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please pass this info along to any friends interested in becoming a literacy tutor. E-mail DVLC@juno.com

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