Read Contra Costa

Read Contra Costa

Parini Shroff, author of Read Contra Costa 2023 selection, “The Bandit Queens,” comes to Brentwood on Saturday, November 18 at 11 a.m. in the Brentwood Community Center, located at 35 Oak Street.  This free program is presented by Contra Costa County Library in partnership with Contra Costa Television, and will later be broadcast on CCTV. Registration is not required. For special accommodation, please contact the library with 72 hours notice. Library cardholders can download Shroff’s book in digital format on the free Libby app, or request a print copy at

Read Contra Costa is an annual event that encourages all county residents and library users to share in the experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program runs from October 3 through November 18, 2023. 

This year, patrons had the opportunity to vote for the book they wanted to read, and the winner was The Bandit Queens, by Parini Shroff. The book is filled with clever criminals, second chances, and wry and witty women. Parini Shroff received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a practicing attorney currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Brentwood Library Fifth Anniversary Party

Brentwood Library Fifth Anniversary Party

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our Fifth Building Anniversary, which we hosted in collaboration with Mayor Joe Bryant, Vice Mayor Susannah Meyer, the City of Brentwood, and the Friends of the Brentwood Library! Here are some pictures of the event taken by Melissa Van Ruiten for the Press. 

Mayor Joel Bryant and Andrea Freyler, Sr. Community Library Manager welcome guests to the party.

Storytime with Mayor Bryant and Lindsay duPont, Youth Services Librarian

Mayor Bryant and Vice Mayor Susannah Meyer

Kathy Mount (left), President of the Friends of the Brentwood Library and Diane Alexander, President of the Brentwood Library Foundation, which merged with the Friends.

Below: Guests enjoyed fun craft like making the Library a Birthday Card

Brentwood Library 5th Anniversary Party

Brentwood Library 5th Anniversary Party

The Friends of the Brentwood Library is proud to help our Library celebrate it’s 5 year anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since the new building opened.

We hope you will join us for the celebration on Saturday, September 30th from 10 am to 12 pm.

There will be cake, crafts and a special storytime featuring guest reader, Mayor Bryant!

Enjoy this look back at Opening Day – September 29, 2018

Mayor Bob Taylor addressed a crowd celebrating the opening of the new library building on September 29, 2018. Diana Alexander, President of the Brentwood Library Foundation is seated in the middle of a row of guests behind him. The Foundation raised over $700,000 for the new library. 

Volunteers enjoyed the new Second Story Bookshop

A large crowd attended the event