I'm often scheduled to work on the public desk on Tuesdays during story time. Our children's librarian, otherwise known as "Miss Lindsay," asks the kids every week in a robust voice "How big is your library?" Several times now I've heard one child yell back "100 big!"
I love this response. It tells me that a 5-year-old sees the library as a huge place that holds not only vast quantities of books, DVDs, magazines and other items to check out, but it also holds that magical "100 big" quality. It's a place where anyone can go to see and do hundreds of things, where you're not limited by what you can purchase, where anything is possible.
Book Clubs in Libraries: Several libraries in this part of the county have their own book clubs. Check out which one works for you and drop in to see how you like it. From my experience the attendees are friendly, interesting, and have great book suggestions to share with the group. They also keep extra copies of the book coming up for discussion at the front desk. Here's a listing of who's reading what in July. Ongoing titles are available at the library's programs website: http://ccclib.org/programs/index.html
CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS: Oakland Zoomobile at the Pittsburg Library Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m.
The Oakland Zoomobile pulls up to the Pittsburg Library for a fun and furry show and tell. Kids can get up close and pet most of the small animals on show, while the Oakland Zoo's animal experts tell us fascinating facts about these curious critters-like the adorable spiny anteater.
Juggler Thomas John, seen on "America's Got Talent!," will be making several library appearances:
Bay Point Library: July 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburg Library: July 18 at 2 p.m.
Brentwood Library at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.: July 18 at 4 p.m.
Oakley Library: July 18th at 6 p.m.
Magician Timothy James at the Antioch Library on July 18 at 3 p.m.
Magic and dreams go hand in hand and when you watch Timothy James' comedic magic. Kids of all ages are invited to join us at this special program.
Dinosaurs Rock!: The children's program is at the Bay Point Library on July 19 at 4 p.m.
On July 19, dinosaurs take over the Bay Point Library! Families can't miss this amazing display of dino bones and other fossils as much as 500 million years old! Kids can see and touch a T-Rex head and an 8-foot tall mammoth leg! Plus dino-eggs, dino-tracks and more. Rawr!
TEEN PROGRAMS Own the Night: Own Your Dreams Teen Craft on July 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Antioch Library on July 25 from 4-6 p.m. at the Brentwood Library. Snazz up your snoozing by making a dreamcatcher at this free one-hour event. Don't forget to pick up a reading program for "Own the Night" Teen Summer Reading, and return it for prizes!
Liz Fuller is community library manager, Oakley and Brentwood libraries. Reach her at 925-625-3589, 925-516-5294 or at email@example.com.