The Brentwood Library offers some wonderful knitting programs this month for adults and for teens and their moms. While our Lapsit, Toddler Time and Picture Book Time programs are finished for this year, we still offer Pajama Story Time (for all ages) on Monday nights at 7 p.m.

KNITTING CLASSES: Signups have already started at the Brentwood Library for this four-class series of workshops, where teens and adults will learn knitting basics.

Please bring your own knitting needles and yarn. (Worsted weight wool yarn and size 6 or 7 needles recommended.) Knitting Boot Camp for adults (ages 18 and up) includes four classes -- Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 -- from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Plan to attend all four classes, which will be held at the Brentwood Library.

Knitting Boot Camp for Moms and Teens (ages 13 and up) includes four classes -- Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18 -- from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plan to attend all four classes, which will be held at the Brentwood Library.

CITYREAD AUTHOR PROGRAM: The eighth annual Brentwood CityRead ended its six- week run with a fantastic author program on Oct. 30 at the Brentwood Senior Center.

CityRead author Michelle Richmond delivered a wonderful presentation to the delight of the audience. It may have been cold and rainy outside, but inside the senior center it was warm, dry and entertaining. I would like to thank the many people who made the author presentation possible: Fran Alcorn, Molly and Ralph Gomez, Carol Horan, Mary Lou and Ken Klovee and Judee Risso.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO NOVEMBER RETIREES: Brentwood Library clerk Jane Coker has worked at the Brentwood Library since Jan. 2, 1985. In that time she has helped thousands of Brentwood residents check in and out their library materials and helped them with their accounts. Some of her young customers in 1985 are now bringing in their children to the library.

Jane plans to paint her house and travel to Alaska in her retirement. It has been my pleasure to be her supervisor for nearly 11 years. I wish you well, Jane, you will be hard to replace.

County librarian Anne Cain has worked for the Contra Costa County Library since 1990. She was hired as head of the central library, and from this position she was promoted to the assistant county librarian position, and finally to county librarian. There has not been a county librarian who has done more for the residents of Contra Costa County, since county librarian Bertha Hellum in the 1950s and 1960s. Under Cain's leadership, new libraries were built for the cities of Clayton, Orinda, San Ramon (Dougherty Station), Hercules, Lafayette and Walnut Creek. A number of these new libraries replaced structures built under Hellum's reign. Also, under Cain's lead, the Contra Costa County Library became the first in the U.S. to make library cards instantly available online and to install ATM-style book-dispensing kiosks called Library A-Go-Gos. Under her leadership libraries were created in the county's two juvenile halls. We will all miss Anne. We wish her good luck in her retirement.

Leonard Roudman is senior community library manager at the Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St., Brentwood, CA 94513 Write to him at lroudman@ccclib.org.