The Friends of the Brentwood Library is forming a Brentwood Library Foundation, which will spearhead fundraising efforts for the new community library.

The Friends group is looking for business and community-oriented individuals who support the library and the foundation formation. If you are interested in serving on the Brentwood Library Foundation Board of Directors, fill out the application which can be found at the library or on"line at http://ccclib.org/friends/bre.html. Please return the application by May 16 to Diane Alexander, president of The Friends of the Brentwood Library, at dapa@comcast.net.

Contact Diane at 925-634-5456.

Friends of the Oakley Library Book It Run & Walk!: At 8 a.m. April 12, the Delta Science Center at Big Break Regional Shoreline hosts a 10K and 5K Run/Walk. Support the Friends of the Oakley Library by participating in this inaugural fun run. Proceeds from the run will go toward building a new library for the city of Oakley. All events start and finish at the park's Delta Science Center, 69 Big Break Road. For more information, go to: http://worknotes.com/CA/Oakley/Library/apt17.aspx. Registration is at https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Oakley/BookItRun. For more, emial BookItRun@gmail.com.


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Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training: Would you like to help an adult learn to read, write and spell better? Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library adult literacy program, announces training for volunteer literacy tutors. Training starts on 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 and continues April 26 and May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All 14 hours are required. No previous teaching experience is required. To register, visit our website at www.ccclib.org/psc or call us at 925-927-3250.

IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!: Throughout April, children in Pittsburg are invited to participate in "Kids' Read -- Cats and Dogs," a program that encourages them to read the same books and participate in discussions and activities centered on the books. "Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner is the title for children in preschool through second grade. Kids in grades 3-5 will laugh and cry over the bittersweet experiences of Opal and her dog in "Because of Winn Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. The Friends of the Pittsburg Library, Railroad Book Depot, the Pittsburg Women's Community League and the Pittsburg Library teamed up to sponsor book-related events for children throughout the month of April. A pet parade, a stuffed animal sleepover, and a movie showing are a few of the activities.

Thanks to a grant from the Keller Canyon Mitigation Trust Fund, children can pick up their free copy of the books throughout Pittsburg (Pittsburg Library, Railroad Book Depot, and all Starbucks locations throughout Pittsburg -- excluding the Starbucks in Safeway) while supplies last. Of course, they can always check out a copy of the book at the library as well! For more information, call 925-427-8390 or visit ccclib.org.

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.