The Contra Costa County Library was well-represented at the annual California Library Association conference in San Jose in November.

Four workshops were presented by staff, including the library's Discover and Go museum pass program, the library's efforts to build an e-reader platform accessible to libraries throughout the state and country, a marketing program designed by staff that will predict the success of programs for the public, and the Brentwood Library's e-reader lending program available to those participating in the Meals on Wheels Friendly Visitors Program.

We are, if I do say so myself, on the leading edge in library land. No surprise then that the Contra Costa County Library is one of 10 recipients -- five libraries and five museums from across the nation -- of this year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is the highest honor conferred on museums and libraries in the United States for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference in people's lives.

Children's/family programs

  • North Pole Review by The Fratello Marionettes at the Oakley Library, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.

    Come enjoy this fun puppet extravaganza. This production showcases the high kicking antics of the Russian Trepak Dancers, the graceful ice skater Crystal Chandelier, and features dazzling acrobatic penguins.

  • Toddler Holiday Hootenanny! Presented by the Brentwood Library, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    A "toddler dance party" for kids 5 and under and their grown-ups. Dash, dance and prance, jingle bells, and shake like a bowlful of jelly. At the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

  • Winter Craft: Snowman Hat at the Antioch Library, Dec. 19, 3 p.m.

    It's that time of year when the chill in the air has us looking around for a hat to help keep us warm. Well, this afternoon we will be putting together a cool Snowman Hat to wear all winter long.

    Teen programs

  • "DIY Gifts" Teen Workshop at the Brentwood Library, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4 to 6 p.m.

    Make the perfect gift for someone special. For grades 6-12, inside the Brentwood Library. Sign up in the library, or online at http://ccclib.org/programs. Materials will be provided.

  • Oakley Library Youth Squad at the Oakley Library, Dec. 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

    Teens in grades 8-12 who love to read and want to help their community are invited to join the Oakley Library Youth Squad. Earn community service hours while planning fun programs for teens and children.

  • Henna Art for Teens at the Antioch Library, Dec. 20, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Learn about this traditional art form and receive your own henna design. Space is limited and permission is required so registration and a permission slip must be turned in advance.

    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.