Contra Costa County Library is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan. Created in 2006, the plan is now in need of revision. The explosion of new technology has changed the way the library operates, and our plan needs to take this into account when planning for our future.

Part of developing the plan includes getting input from the community, and this will be done with a three-pronged approach: the library has put out a survey on its website that we are encouraging both library users and nonusers to complete. It takes about three minutes, and can be accessed either on the homepage at http://ccclib.org, or directly on the survey site at http://ccclib.org/mylibrary. The surveys will be taken through July 31.

The second part of the update includes conducting interviews with key stakeholders in each city in order to gauge their views about where the library is now and where it should be. Last but not least, each community will host a town-hall meeting, at which residents and stakeholders can voice their opinions on the Library and what its priorities should be over the next decade.

Antioch's Town Hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Antioch Community Center (Prewett Water Park), and Brentwood's is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Brentwood Community Center. More details will follow regarding Oakley, Pittsburg, Bay Point and Far East County's Town Hall meetings.

BRENTWOOD LIBRARY CITYREAD UPDATE: The annual Brentwood Library CityRead book will be local author Dan Hanel's "In the Shadow of Diablo: Mystery of the Great Stone House."

Hanel weaves past and present into a contemporary whodunit mystery set in Brentwood. John Marsh, a local pioneer killed in 1856, reputedly left thousands of dollars hidden on his property. This novel combines the current day search for the gold stash with events occurring around the Great Stone House back in the 1800s.

The CityRead takes place from Sept. 9. culminating with a talk by author Hanel at the Brentwood Community Center at 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Come into the library for a free copy of the book starting on Monday.

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY:

  • Kids Saturday Movies at the Oakley Library -- Kids Saturday Movies returns with a showing of Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille." This film is from 3 to 5 p.m. July 6.

  • Kids Beading Basics at the Oakley Library -- Kids ages 7 to 17 are welcome to attend this new beginning beading class. All materials and tools will be provided for this project-based class. 6 to 7 p.m. July 10. Registration is required. Register by phone at 925-625-3589.

  • High jinks With Thomas John!: 6 p.m. July 24 at the Brentwood Community Center; 2 p.m. July 31 at the Antioch Community Center. You may know Thomas from his wacky performances on America's Got Talent! Enjoy juggling shenanigans and general mayhem at this free 45-minute event, which is part of Contra Costa County Library's Summer Reading Festival. Children who bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will receive an original "Thomas John" doodle!

    TEEN PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY:

  • Perfumed Pencil Arts & Crafts at the Antioch Library: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 11. Create a unique and aromatic keepsake with our Smencil mini kit. We will give you a pencil made of recycled newspapers and a scent applicator complete with special gourmet scent.

  • Teen Game Afternoon at the Oakley Library: 3 to 5 p.m. July 13. Teens can enjoy an afternoon of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Racing. Refreshments will be served.

  • Teen Summer Movie Night at the Antioch Library: 3 to 5 p.m. July 25. This free movie night for local teenswill feature a showing of "Dragonheart," a tale of the world's last dragon. Voiced by Sean Connery, this is a wonderful medieval fantasy, packed with action and humor. Popcorn and drinks will be plentiful.

    ADULT PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY:

  • Brentwood Open Mic: 6:30-8 p.m. July 11 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 five minutes, please. For morer 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.

  • New Beading Class at the Brentwood Library: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16. Local beading expert Donna Cooper guides you through some easy beading projects on the third Tuesday of every month. Come to learn more about beading, and to share your expertise. Registration is required at http://ccclib.org/programs. For ages 16 and up.

  • Beading Workshop at the Oakley Library: 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 Local beading experts Donna and Angela will teach this adults-only class how to create simple beaded projects. Registration is required. Register by phone, email or by visiting the library.

    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.