November 18, 2014, Brentwood CA– Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson spoke in favor of Brentwood’s planned library recently at a meeting with the Brentwood Library Foundation.
“Great cities have great libraries,” said Chief Evenson. He went on to endorse the benefits of having new facilities for the youth of Brentwood, saying the additional resources would offer places for Brentwood’s youth to go and stay busy in a positive environment.
“As a community we need to develop more activities and programs for our youth,” he said. Chief Evenson was enthusiastic about the additional resources such as computers and books the new library would offer young people, as well as a place to stay busy in a positive location and manner. For this reason he supports the library, and would like to see it built.
On June 24th of this year the Brentwood City Council approved the final conceptual design of the new facility, to be located on the site of the current downtown library. An Ad Hoc Committee has been appointed to shepherd the project’s additional planning steps.
The planned library will have several new customer spaces, specifically a Teen Reading Area (300 sf), a Community Meeting Room (1,000 sf), two Quiet Study Areas (240 sf), and a Conference Room (400 sf). None of these facilities exist in the library today, even though they are included in nearly all other libraries.
The current library is now located in about 5,000 sf of re-purposed office space. On a square-feet per capita basis, the current Brentwood facility is less than one-fourth of the average size of the other libraries in the Contra Costa County library system.
The Brentwood Library is celebrating its 100th Birthday in January by having a free party at the library on Saturday, January 10, 7 to 9 PM. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy live music, desserts, a scavenger hunt and more.
As part of the month-long 100th Birthday celebration the Brentwood Library Foundation and the Friends of the Brentwood Library will be sponsoring a fundraising theatrical event on Friday, January 23rd at 7PM. The play “Wagon Wheels a-Rollin’” is an Old West spoof and will be performed by the Vagabond Players. Dessert will be served and there will be a no host bar.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.brentwoodlibrary.brownpapertickets.com of by telephone at 1-800-838-3006. The price is $40 after January 10th, and $35 prior to that date.
About the Brentwood Library Foundation
The Brentwood Library Foundation is a non-profit organization being formed in 2014. Its mission is to support the Brentwood Library’s programs and services through advocacy, fundraising, and by building relationships with others who share a passion for the Library’s work as well as to conduct a major capital campaign to support the construction of a new library.
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Note – the following was a press release provided by the Brentwood Library Foundation