Celebrate Picture Book Month at Contra Costa Libraries


November is Picture Book Month, and the Contra Costa County Library System will celebrate it throughout the month. Picture books cultivate an appreciation for art while strengthening a child’s visual skills.

Before children can read words, they learn to understand stories through pictures. Picture books help children discover the structure of a story while developing their vocabulary and understanding. They can tell simple, familiar stories or very complex and serious stories, and children are exposed to the big world around them. Picture books are meant to be a shared experience between a child or a group of children and a trusted adult. Reading books together creates a very special and unique bond.

Join the library system to celebrate November as Picture Book Month. In November, you can participate in a drawing at your local library to win an autographed copy of Dan Santat’s book, “The Cookie Fiasco,” and he will participate in a Virtual Zoom event at 4:00 pm on December 2nd. To learn more about the importance of picture books or find links to several book lists with different types of picture books, visit ccclib.org/blogs/post/celebrate-picture-book-month.

Pet photo contest: Photograph your Dalmatian in a scenic location or dress your groundhog in fancy clothing. Submit a photo of your pet enjoying the day in their own way and you will be entered into a raffle. Entry photos will be posted to the library system’s Instagram account each day in November, with a draw on December 6 for three winners.

Enter by clicking on the “Pet Photo Contest” link on ccclib.org in November. To view all of the pet posts, follow instagram.com/ccc_library online. Prizes include a $ 25 Safeway gift card, Snoopy character plush and other Peanuts gifts from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and an annual membership to the Ruth Bancroft Garden as well as the book “Bold, Dry Garden” by Bancroft.

Progress report: The library network recently completed a progress report on the goals listed in its 2019 strategic plan. An assessment of the work done over the past 2+ years tells an incredible story of resilience during very difficult times. Read it at tinyurl.com/ccclibprogressreport.

Library Calendar

Tales and Trails of the Mountains of California: 6.30 p.m. November 2. Award-winning guide author Matt Johanson combines history, photography and decades of personal experiences in this unforgettable program that will inspire and motivate you to embark on your own outdoor adventures.

Read the talk by the author of Contra Costa: 6.30 p.m. November 9. Participate in a live presentation with author Traci Chee, who will discuss her novel, “We Are Not Free”. The book tells the story of a close-knit group of young second-generation Japanese-American citizens (Nisei) living in the Japanese neighborhood of San Francisco whose lives are irrevocably changed by the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. global.

Roaming – The challenges and solutions of our county: 4 p.m. on November 18. This program of community conversations with the League of Women Voters will cover the increase in the number of homeless people in Contra Costa County and the solutions being considered.

Please register for these and other Zoom events and find more information about the library’s programs at ccclib.org/events. Visit ccclib.org to sign up for a library card and connect to books and resources. For any questions about library services and programming or account information, contact the library system via live chat, emailing ask@library.cccounty.us, or texting questions to 925-290-7627.

Brooke Converse is the Public Information Officer for the Contra Costa County Library System and can be contacted at brooke.converse@library.cccounty.us.


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