Savor and sample unlimited combinations and tantalizing selections at your local library with Contra Costa County Library's Summer Reading Festival, "Reading is So Delicious," June 8 through Aug. 17.

Readers of all ages are invited to feed the imagination, indulge in an irresistible buffet of special events, and devour scrumptious books to earn sweet prizes all summer long.

Kids ages 2 through fifth grade can chomp on exciting books, fun crafts, and entertaining performances for Kids' Summer Reading. Students in grades six through 12 can cook up mouth-watering prizes and activities with Teen Reading. Parents and caregivers of babies younger than 2 are also encouraged to participate and earn prizes by nibbling on a menu of early literacy-building activities for Baby Reading.

Adult readers 18 and up can get their fill of Summer Reading with a chance to win a Booklover's Bag full of goodies and enticing county-wide prizes by submitting a book review online at ccclib.org or at your local library!

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY

  • Lego Party -- Handmixer Style at the Antioch Library, Wednesday, June 19, 3 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Bricks 4 Kidz will be here with a project to fit in with our Summer Reading theme of "Reading is So Delicious." We are going to make a handmixer. After you are done with the project you may work on other creations and little ones may play with Duplo building bricks.


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  • Itty Bitty Variety Show at the Brentwood Community Center, Wednesday, June 19, 4 p.m.: Caterpillar Puppets presents a whirlwind retelling of a famous fairytale. While you're here, pick up a reading log and read your way to prizes with the 2013 "Reading is So Delicious" Summer Reading Festival.

  • EAT: Healthy Cooking at the Bay Point Library, Tuesday, June 25, 4 p.m.: In this three-part series families will learn how to cook quick child-friendly and healthy meals using fresh vegetables and fruits. All fruits and veggies showcased will be available for purchase at the Mobile Farmers Market.

    TEEN PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY

  • Teen Movie Afternoon at the Oakley Library, Saturday, June 15, 3 to 5 p.m.: Oakley Library invites teens to watch a movie and snack on pizza. Fifth graders and above welcome.

  • "Delicious" Crafts for Teens at the Brentwood Library, Wednesday, June 26, 4 to -5:30 p.m.: Decorate a lunchbox, and make other mouth-watering creative projects to celebrate the "Reading is So Delicious" Summer Reading Festival. Held inside the library.

  • Zombies, Run! at the Brentwood Community Center, Thursday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: What you don't know can eat you! Matt Mogk, creator of the Zombie Research Society and contributor on AMC's "The Talking Dead," teaches you everything you need to know to make it through the apocalypse. RSVP below for this high-profile evening event.

    ADULT PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY

  • Brentwood Open Mic held at the Gallery on Second, Thursday, June 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Held at the Gallery on Seconnd, 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.

  • Meditation as Medication for the Soul at the Antioch Library, Monday, June 24, 6 to 7:45 p.m.: Inside us is an energy that can make us whole, physically, mentally, and spiritually. By learning to meditate accurately, we tap into this energy and heal our physical illnesses, emotional stress and spiritual isolation from within. In this free, lively, entertaining and practical workshop, Dr. Marshall Zaslove will clarify the many benefits of accurate meditation, and will give every participant a personal, instructed demonstration of meditation.

    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.