We are all getting excited here about the 2012 CityRead. Library staff is encouraging everyone in the community to pick up a copy of "Locked Rooms: A Mary Russell Novel" by Laurie R. King at the library. We are into our third week, and have handed out 450 copies of the book already!

Our culminating program this year is a talk by the author at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the new Community Center at 35 Oak St. Barnes and Noble will be on hand to sell King's books, and she will sign them.

In addition to our annual author talk, we have added one additional program this year. Geology professor Mitchell Craig from CSU East Bay will lead a talk about the 1906 earthquake on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., also at the Community Center. The 1906 earthquake plays a major role in "Locked Rooms," and we hope to provide some background about it at this program.

This year's CityRead has a great deal of community support. The Rotary Club of Brentwood, the Lions Club of Brentwood, the Brentwood Art Society and the Friends of the Brentwood Library have all contributed to the book purchase this year. In addition, Poets & Writers Inc., through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, is providing a matching grant to cover half of the author's fee.

We have also had volunteer help from local students who have labeled all of the books, added bookmarks to the books, and set the books up in baskets for distribution in the library.

Last but not least, the city of Brentwood continues to assist us with its generous discount for use of the Community Center.

Library expansion

On Sept. 25, the Brentwood City Council voted to proceed with the expansion of the library. Hurray! The library is housed at 104 Oak St., across from the new City Hall. Now that the city offices next to us are empty the library and the city will work together to move into about half of the adjoining space, to create a combined space of about 11,000 square feet.

Family programs

Oakland Zoomobile will be at the Prewett Library in Antioch at 2 p.m. Oct. 10.

Come explore habitats and the animals that are built to thrive in them. You will be a whole different mammal after this trip! Sponsored by the Friends of the Antioch Library, the event takes place in the West Island Room of the Antioch Community Center.

Lego Party With Bricks 4 Kids at the Antioch Library: This will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 17.

Bricks 4 Kidz is back with another special project and fun blocks for the little ones as well. Come early as the room fills up quickly!

Halloween Party!: Presented by the Brentwood Library, the program is at 4 p.m. Oct. 17.

It's baaaaaaaaack! Ghosts and goblins, put on your costumes and fly to this spooktacular event! Held in the Brentwood Community Center at 35 Oak St.

Movie Saturday at the Oakley Library: The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

Stop in for a Disney Halloween double-feature movie extravaganza. For preschool and older.

Halloween Howl La La Boo at the Oakley Library: The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Join us for our annual howling Halloween spectacular hosted by the Oakley Library Youth Squad! We'll serve up some spooky stories, creepy crafts, and ghostly games. Don't forget to come dressed in your hair-raising Halloween costumes for the Costume Contest. You don't want to miss this spine-tingling Howl La La Boo!

Liz Fuller is a community library manager at the Brentwood library. Reach her at 925-625-3589, 925-516-5294 or at lfuller@ccclib.org.

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