The library of the Ygnacio valley reopens on February 7


We at the Contra Costa County Library System are pleased to share that the Ygnacio Valley Library at Walnut Creek will reopen at 10 a.m. on February 7. The branch no longer serves as a COVID-19 testing site and the parking lot project is nearing completion.

The repaved lot has new ramps and walkways that make it Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and make boating much safer and easier for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with young children. The lot also has two additional parking spaces and an additional ADA parking space. Staff will be at the branch very soon for final reopening preparations.

Record game: The county’s library system hit a new high in 2021 with 1.48 million cases of digital books. This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of digital lending of eBooks and audiobooks in libraries, especially after a long period of building closures due to the global pandemic. The top five eBook titles checked out last year were:

  1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett;
  2. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah;
  3. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig;
  4. “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman;
  5. and “The Last Thing He Said to Me” by Laura Dave.

Social Media Ambassadors: You can support public relations at Contra Costa Libraries from the comfort of your home by volunteering as a Social Media Ambassador. You can also help the library system expand its reach in the community and raise awareness of library collections, resources, and programs at the same time.

No application is required. Simply sign up to receive emails from Social Media Ambassadors once or twice a month. Each email will contain information about library initiatives and topics. Ambassadors will be invited to post about the library system in their own words and share stories about what they love about Contra Costa libraries – perhaps an upcoming event, a recent blog post, a favorite branch or what they read or watch.

The library network is looking for ambassadors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor. Sign up at

New online student resources: Through a new partnership with the California Library System and as part of the state’s K-12 Online Resource Program, three new online resources are available to all school-aged students in the state. The National Geographic Kids Virtual Library allows students to venture into science, nature, culture, archeology and space.

Gale in Context environmental studies can expand students’ understanding of environmental issues that affect people around the world through topic overviews, reviews, news, and multimedia content. Gale Interactive science allows students to manipulate interactive 3D models to visualize and understand the concepts of biology, chemistry, earth and space. Access these digital resources and more at

All about owls: At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, whooo isn’t fascinated by owls? Learn all about these curious creatures in a live virtual presentation with three cool ambassadors from the Ojai Raptor Center.

Read along: At 11 a.m. on February 12, join local author and educator Phelicia Lang for a guided reading and binocular craft inspired by her book “Tay Goes to the Zoo.” Tay is on a surprise adventure – her birthday trip to the zoo! Smart and fun, Tay uses his binoculars to see all the different animals in the zoo. This program is part of the Black History Month celebration at the Library.

Figmentally presents: At 4 p.m. on February 16, join award-winning duo Eric and Drea on a magical virtual reading adventure as they entertain with hilarious comedy, unexpected puppets, artistic juggling, acrobatic dancing and more.

Please register for these and other Zoom events and find more information about library programs at Visit to sign up for a library card and connect to books and resources.

For questions about Contra Costa Library services and programming or account information, contact the library system via online chat, email [email protected], or send questions via text at 925-290-7627.

Brooke Converse is the Public Information Officer for the Contra Costa County Library System and can be reached at [email protected]


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