Library Lines: Antioch, Pinole branches to be renovated with state funds

The Contra Costa County Library system has applied for and received a total of $2,576,800 for the Pinole and Antioch libraries from the California State Library system’s Building Forward Library Infrastructure Program.

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The California State Budget Act of 2021 (SB 129) allocated $439 million in one-time grant funds to address the critical safety and maintenance needs of library facilities throughout the state, prioritizing libraries serving high-poverty areas. The county library system is required to provide a 50% funding match. This will be accomplished with a combination of Measure X funding received to address deferred maintenance issues in county-owned library facilities and grant funds from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

The BAAQMD awarded the library system $511,360 as part of their Clean Air Centers Program to replace Pinole Library’s HVAC system. The program awards grant monies to retrofit ventilation systems to create a network of clean air centers where people in vulnerable communities with high documented smoke burdens can find respite from wildfires and other smoke events.

This grant program is funded by AB 836 as part of the Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Pilot Program from the California Air Resources Board. The grant funds will pay for several projects at the Pinole and Antioch libraries, including also replacing the Antioch facility’s HVAC system, replacing both roofs, electrical service upgrades, lighting improvements and painting.

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Candidates forum: Hear from the candidates running for the District 4 seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. The moderated event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Walnut Creek Library will include candidates’ discussion of their experiences and positions on relevant issues. The forum will also be available live on the library system’s YouTube channel ( on Contra Costa Television (CCTV — Comcast channel 27, AT&T/U-verse channel 99 and WAVE channel 32). This forum is provided in partnership with the League of Women Voters and CCTV.

Heritage celebration: The county libraries are honoring the cultures, contributions and histories of Americans whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South American and Spain during Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic and Latinx Americans have diverse backgrounds and speak different languages but are united by common ancestors and a beautiful mix of indigenous, Black and Spanish blood. Celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, related programs include a performance by the Teokalli Traditional Aztec/Mexica Dancers, and a Chicano book club. Enjoy several staff-curated booklists for readers of all ages.

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Source:: East Bay Times


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