The Brentwood City Council got a look at the architects' rendering of a conceptual exterior design for the new Brentwood Library at its meeting June 24. Gail Leech, city project manager for the new library, unveiled the design to the council, which then praised city staff, the architects and library staff for their help in creating the design.

The new 20,000-square-foot library would include a community room for programs, an outdoor enclosed garden and seating area, a cafe and a mezzanine. The building in the design featured high windows throughout to allow for natural lighting. The council directed staff to set up an ad hoc committee specifically to explore funding for the new library.

COMBATING HUNGER: The California Summer Meal Coalition and the California Library Association are working with libraries across California to offer summer meals and programming designed to provide nourishment and help prevent summer learning loss for children and teens in low-income communities.

This summer, the Pittsburg Library will be offering lunch at the library for anyone 1-18 years old. This means that kids and teens can visit the library and receive a FREE lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Friday through Aug. 9. Snacks will also be served Tuesday-Friday from 3-4 p.m.

The library is at 80 Power Drive. Lunches and snacks are provided by the Pittsburg Unified School District. For more information, contact Kimberli Buckley at kbuckley@ccclib.org.

Summer Reading Events Abound: The Summer Reading Festival is in full swing, with readers of all ages completing their reading records as they "Paws to Read."Finishers are encouraged to bring their completed reading records to their local libraries starting July 12 to collect a variety of prizes. The program runs from June 14-Aug. 23. Animal-themed events are scheduled throughout the county library system, so take a gander at what's available in your neck of the woods!

Children and families

  • The Puppet Company presents "Why Mosquitoes Buzz ..." at the Antioch Library from 3-3:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.

  • Oakley Summer Craft Camp for kids and teens at the Oakley Library from 4:15-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 9, 16 and 23. Make a craft reminiscent of summer camp days. Supplies provided.

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Paws and Claws from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Oakley Library; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the Antioch Library. Lindsay Wildlife Museum will bring its fun and fascinating "Paws and Claws" program featuring animals from our local wildlife community. One will have paws, and the other will have claws. Learn how they are alike and how they are different.

  • Bricks for Kidz at the Oakley Library, 1-2 p.m., Saturday, July 19. Stop in and build a motorized Lego model with the experts.

  • Kids Movie Saturday at the Oakley Library, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. This month, we will be showing "The Nut Job".

    Teens

  • Teen Monthly Movie Night at the Antioch Library, 6-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 8. Tonight's feature is about a 1930s pilot who becomes a superhero, fighting Nazis and mobsters. As always, free popcorn and soda will be served.

  • Pawsitively Amazing Sand Art Work, 4-5 p.m., Thursday, July 17 at the Oakley Library; 2-3 p.m., Thursday, July 31 at the Pittsburg Library. Relax and let your creative juices flow as you create some cool sand art.

    Adults

  • Brentwood Open Mic at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, July 10. Read your own work or share a special poem, short story or excerpt (nothing insulting or abusive.) Limit submissions to five 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.

  • Conserving Water in the Landscape at the Brentwood Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22. Master Gardener Steven Griffin will discuss the basics of water conservation in the landscape and the use and installation of drip irrigation systems. Registration is required for this event.

    Liz Fuller is the senior community library manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.