City staff presented a variety of library building proposals to the Brentwood City Council at a pre-council workshop on Oct. 22.

The Land Use Development Committee (made up of Lance Crannell, Steve Barr and Joel Bryant) had already reviewed the proposals, and decided as a committee to recommend the proposal that would tear down the existing library, and the two vacant buildings next to it, to make room for new construction of a 20,000-square-foot library. The full council unanimously approved this proposal as well, after listening to several impassioned pleas for a new, larger library from members of the public.

I'm trying to be objective, but it's very exciting news! Anyway, a huge thank you to the city staff -- Kwame Reed, Gail Leech, Mickey Tsubota -- who worked on the many proposals with the excellent architectural team of Mark Davis Design + FOG, and a big thanks to all of the council members who made it very clear that they support a new library for Brentwood.

Now, back to earth. This proposal will cost about $9.7 million, and the city has $2.2 million set aside for the library project. The city's Finance Committee will now undertake coming up with a financing plan to determine how to come up with the remaining $7.5 million.

Foundation Directory Online


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East Contra Costa County nonprofit organizations and grant seekers in search of funding sources now have access to a valuable database at the Brentwood Library.

Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 100,000 foundations and corporate donors and more than half a million key decision makers, is now available at seven of the Brentwood Library's computer workstations.

Foundation Directory Online, the nation's leading online funding research tool, was developed by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization founded over 50 years ago to help open philanthropy to public view.

Foundation Directory Online was made available at Brentwood through the efforts of Oakley City Councilmember Diane Burgis, who often trekked out to the Walnut Creek Library to use the database. Burgis is frequently on the lookout for funding for the Friends of Marsh Creek. She wanted to provide East County organizations with better access to the Directory, and worked with County Supervisor John Gioia to secure locations for public use in both East and West County -- El Cerrito will host the database in its library as well.

Computer help

Do you need a little extra help using your computer? Two Liberty High School students will be interning at the Brentwood Library as part of their Health Careers Intern program. They are being trained to provide one-on-one computer help for simple Internet searching, setting up email, using the library's website and catalog, and basic word processing. Call the Brentwood Library at 925-516-5290 to register for a session.

Children's/Family Programs

Meet Author Margarita Engle at the Brentwood Library 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. The creator of "When You Wander" and "Mountain Dog" shares her books and talks about her work with search and rescue dogs.

African Dance Class for Children will be at the Antioch Library

at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Come join us for the ever popular African dance class. We will be shown some native costumes and dances from parts of Africa. This program is always popular so show up early to make sure we have room. Limited to 20 people

Kids Movie Saturday will be at the Oakley Library on Nov. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. Get your roar on! Come and watch "The Lion King" for an afternoon of entertainment. Rated G.

Read to a Dog will be at the Oakley Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 16. 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- to 15-minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. For children 6 to 13 years old.

Teen Programs

Star Wars Origami will be at the Antioch Library from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Nov. 14.

Hop in the old X-wing and fly on down to the Antioch Library for Star Wars Origami Day. We will be making Origami Yoda and all of his friends from the popular Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger. May the folds be with you. 

Adult Programs

Affordable Care Act Information Sessions are set for 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Brentwood Community Center and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Oakley Library.

Find out about the new health insurance law from a certified Covered California Educator. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange, where individuals, families and small businesses without coverage can find affordable health insurance. Explore financial support options and learn more about eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Library Access by Transit: Antioch and Beyond at the Antioch Library from12:20-1:50 p.m. Nov. 19.

Join Tri Delta Transit board of directors alternate and Antioch Senior Center travel trainer Michael J. D'Augelli as he describes how to use 511, 511.org, AMTRAK.com, 1-800-USA-RAIL and Clippercard to access Bay Area libraries.

Beading Workshops will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Brentwood Library and from 6:00-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Oakley Library.

Local beading expert Donna Cooper will guide you through some easy beading projects every month. Come to learn more about beading, and to share your expertise. Registration is required at http://ccclib.org/programs or by phone. For ages 16 and up in Brentwood, or 18 and up in Oakley.

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.