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May 2021

Grief, Stress and Loss During the Pandemic

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our community in countless ways. Join us for a live talk with Scott Chavez from the Contra Costa Crisis Center, as he covers the topics of grief, stress, and loss relating to the pandemic. The mission of the Contra Costa Crisis Center is to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and provide or connect them with culturally relevant services in the community. Find out more at https://www.crisis-center.org/. This event will be presented on…

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Overbooked! Young Adult Book Club

May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Overbooked Book Club is for Young Adults aged 14-22 who want to explore the world of Young Adult (YA) and adult Fiction. Every week we'll read a few chapters and meet to discuss them. Why are we called the Overbooked Book Club? Because: "We are all students with many other responsibilities, but we choose to make time to talk about books with each other anyway!"  Here, you can connect with other students, have a space where you can share your…

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UC Master Gardeners: Container Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you have limited space for a garden? Or maybe you just like having your plants contained or want to maximize the space that you have to grow plants. Join us for an overview of what it takes to create, maintain, enjoy, and successfully grow a container garden. We will cover the basics of how to choose a container, types of soil to use, watering, fertilizing, and sun for both ornamentals/flowers and veggies/herbs/fruits.

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Virtual Book Discussion of “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Contra Costa County Library is excited to launch the first Community Reads for Kids featuring Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Our community reading program strives to get everyone in the County to read and discuss the same book. The program includes a virtual book discussion and a live Zoom event with the author. Front Desk is Kelly's award-winning middle grade debut novel about a 10-year-old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. Front…

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Making Democracy Work: Redistricting: Reading Between the Lines

May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

How are our local district boundaries drawn? How can you participate in creating an equitable map of our local Contra Costa districts? Your voice is needed to draw boundaries that determine representation of candidates for county board of supervisors, city councils, school boards, fire, water and other special districts. Learn what redistricting is, how the process works, how you can participate and how it affects you. Since the last Census ten years ago, our county population has grown. Have district…

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June 2021

Live!: Why We Swim with author Bonnie Tsui

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Join us as we host journalist and author Bonnie Tsui as she shares stories from her recent book, Why We Swim. Tsui will detail the evolution of human swimming from learning for survival to testing our limits, and will highlight swimmers from around the world. Tsui offers an immersive and unforgettable perspective on swimming—and of human behavior itself. This program is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors. Presenting Sponsor: Simpson Family. Masterpiece Sponsors: Mary Ann Hruska; Rudney Associates;…

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Sarah and the Big Wave with author Bonnie Tsui

June 11 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Sarah and the Big Wave is the true story of Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world. Listen in as Bonnie Tsui reads her story and shares her experiences with Sarah and surfing.   REGISTER>

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