Both the Brentwood and Oakley libraries are holding Saturday workshops on learning about and enrolling in the new health care system.

Brentwood will host a workshop Feb. 15 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orientation sessions to learn more about the new health care law will be held in English at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and in Spanish at noon and 2 p.m. Bilingual assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to determine if you are eligible for financial assistance, to create an account on Covered California (which is necessary before you can enroll), and to do the actual enrollment with the assistance of certified insurance agents and counselors.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library, and staffing is provided by the Contra Costa ACA Team and La Clinica in Oakley.

Oakley's workshop will be held inside the Oakley Library on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The format will be similar to the Brentwood workshop, but details about the exact schedule are still being worked out. Call 925-625-2400.

Valentine crafts abound

  • Valentine's Day Celebration at the Pittsburg Library -- Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 to 1:45 p.m. Come make some special Valentine Day mailboxes and enjoy a tasty treat.

  • "I Heart Crafts" for Grades 4-8 at the Brentwood Library -- Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Do you love making stuff? You'll fall head over heels for our Valentine's creations.

  • Oakley Library Youth Squad Crafts for Kids at the Oakley Library -- Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oakley's teen volunteers will be helping children create a fun valentine craft during Family Storytime.

    Miss Lindsay Gets Published: The Brentwood Library's own youth services librarian Lindsay DuPont has a piece in Volume III of In Mt. Diablo's Shadow: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry. Her work is titled "The Perfect Book: Different Perspectives," and lists either titles of or excerpts from books certain folks would value. Some highlights:

  • History Buff: Secret Diary Files of the FBI. -- "Chapter One: Hitler's Secret Crush."

  • Tired Parent: "Once upon a time ... the end."

  • Dieter: The "Chocolate Only" Diet: How to End Your Weight Troubles Forever!

  • Student: What Shakespeare was Actually Saying -- In 10 Words or Less.

  • Desert Island Castaway: 1,000 Ways to Cook Sand.

  • Medical Intern: A Pocket Guide to Not Killing People.

  • Conspiracy Theorist: "Jimmy Hoffa descended from the covert Roswell spacecraft, and donned his scuba gear. This would be a photograph the people of Loch Ness would never forget."

  • Young Whippersnapper: Books: A How-To Manual. "Place book on a stable flat surface. Grip paper or cardboard top (also known as a 'cover') and pull firmly to the left. Scan each paper sheet (or 'page') from left to right, top to bottom.

    Tip: use your eyes to scan, not a scanning device. Pause at any dots or squiggles.

    There is no need to activate sleep mode. Shuffle function is not recommended. If you require technical assistance, contact your local library."

    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.