The writing world is alive and well in Contra Costa County. We are home to several published authors who have written, among other things, mysteries, romance, biography, history, poetry and more.

The Brentwood Library will host four of these homegrown writers at a local author workshop on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center.

If your bent runs to hot and steamy romance, I'm sure you'll enjoy hearing about Anne Marsh's self-described "hot books and sexy heroes." On the tamer side is Dana Mentink's pulse pounding adventure and soul stirring romance.

Wolfgang Niesielski is a talented caricaturist who has published a novel and a book of cartoons. Last but not least is Penny Warner, who has published over 50 books, including mysteries, party planning guides and books on child development. They will all share their secrets to putting pen to paper, getting your book published, and marketing a masterpiece.

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS: Make Your Own Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Antioch Library: May 15, 3 p.m. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day (yes there is such a thing) we will be making chocolate chip cookies out of felt. Please join us for this fun and creative craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Antioch Library.

Read to a Dog at the Oakley Library: May 18, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up for a 10-15 minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. For children 6-13 years old.

Super Saturday Math — Yummy Math! at the Pittsburg Library: Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. Gear up for the "Reading is So Delicious" Summer Reading Festival with tasty math fun stories and activities.

TEEN PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY: Teen Movie Afternoon at the Oakley Library: Saturday, May 4, 3 to 5 p.m. "May the Fourth be With You and Pizza too! Oakley Library invites teens to watch a movie and celebrate May 4. Fifth-graders and older welcome. Wear a costume to show your Rebel Alliance or Empire allegiance!

Zombies, Radiation and You at the Brentwood Community Center: May 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Where do zombies come from? An expert from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory explains the role of radiation in the zombification process, and also its effects on living humans. Grades 6 and up.

ADULT PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY: Brentwood Open Mic held at the Gallery on Seconnd: Thursday, May 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Held at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St., across from the City Center. Read your own work or share a special poem, short story or excerpt (nothing insulting or abusive.) Limit submissions to 5 minutes, please. For further information or questions, email Kati at shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655. Hosted by Brentwood Poet Laureate Kati Short and Brentwood Writes (an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society) in partnership with the Brentwood Library.

Age Well/Drive Smart at the Brentwood Library: Monday, May 13, 1 to 3 p.m. Presented by the California Highway Patrol, this free program features valuable information tips for driving, accessories for safer driving and an abundance of resources for senior drivers. This program will have an interactive element with car accessories that illustrate the importance of driving safety and comfort.

Adult Beading Program at the Oakley Library: Wednesday, May 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Local beading experts Donna Cooper and Angela Difilippi will teach you how to create simple projects with beads in this monthly program. Great for gifts. Registration required.

More program information is available on the Library's website at http://ccclib.org/programs/.

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