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Library Lines: Free Comic Book Days coming to Contra Costa branches

Jul 24, 2021

The week-long event brings the comic book industry and the library system together for a series of programs and giveaways to celebrate all that is comics. Get a free comic swag bag Aug. 16-21 at any library branch. Some of the virtual events include a discussion with graphic novel artist and author Raea Gragg; a Star Wars cosplay panel; demonstrations by artist Sam Filstrup and the Charles M. Schulz Museum; and guest speakers including voice actor Jesse Burch and writer Dan Slott. Visit ccclib.org/free-comics for more details. WSJ access: Now you can access the Wall Street Journal from anywhere using your library card. Get access to the e-replica of the daily paper, WSJ magazine, newsletters, videos and podcasts. Visit the digital resources page at ccclib.org/digital-resources for the link and instructions on how to start your free access. NewsBank: Get access to more than 220 other newspapers from around the world including The San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, London Times, Houston Chronicle and so many more. Find the link to NewsBank at the digital resources link above. Library learning videos: Library staff have created several short videos designed to help students, teachers and caregivers use some of the library system’s most useful online resources more easily. Learn how to use the catalog, check out an eBook, research a topic and more. Pick and choose which resources sound like they would be most helpful to you. Raspberry Pi’s: Visit the system’s Library of Things webpage ( ccclib.org/library-of-things ) to check out a Raspberry Pi. A Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing online and playing high-definition video to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games. The mini kits come with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, power cable, HDMI cable, SD card, physical coding kit, and instructions. National Night Out: This event began in 1984 and is now an annual community-building campaign that takes place around the country to promote police-community partnerships and neighborly camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At 6 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Antioch Library parking lot, meet with Antioch police officers and city dignitaries and have a snack. At 6 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Concord Library parking lot, meet neighbors, police and Contra Costa County firefighters. Connect with community organizations to learn about their resources and enjoy food, available for purchase, from Ofie’s Kitchen Food Truck. Back-to-School Toolkit for Well-Being: At 6 p.m. Aug. 17, this interactive session will explore mindfulness and well-being tools to thrive in school, work and life. Explore the principles of mindfulness, practice together and learn how to show up with more presence and clarity for yourself and others. The session will feature a discussion from “Mindfulness for Young Adults: Tools to Thrive in School and Life.” Asian Art Museum presents “The Silk Road — Globalization in the Ancient World:” At 6 p.m. Aug. 19, travel the ancient routes that provided goods, technologies and ideas to countries and cultures from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. Discover the transformations that resulted from the complex exchanges between East and West. Before jet planes and smartphones, militias, merchants, monks and pilgrims spent months, even years, traveling over perilous land routes to carry luxury goods and new ideas thousands of miles across civilizations. Commodities such as silk, porcelain, paper, tea, jade, amber, spices, ivory, gunpowder, gold and silver were carried across overland and sea trade routes known as the Silk Road. Religions and ideas, technologies and innovations also spread along these trade routes in all directions. Please register for Zoom events and find more information about library programs at ccclib.org/events . Visit ccclib.org to sign up for a library card and get connected to books and resources. For questions about library services and programming or account information, contact the library system via online chat, email ask@library.cccounty.us or text questions to 925-290-7627. Brooke Converse is the Contra Costa County Library system’s public information officer and can be reached at brooke.converse@library.cccounty.us .

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