Library news update for September

Dear Library Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to the Contra Costa County Library and this wonderful community. I will be retiring in October.

I am so very proud of the hard work of the staff and the many accomplishments achieved during my tenure. Some of the most memorable successes are eliminating overdue fines, launching the new website, drafting a new strategic plan, increasing our network security, introducing new library card designs, and opening the San Ramon, San Pablo, Brentwood and El Sobrante libraries.

We have also faced some extreme challenges to providing service including, wildfire smoke, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, a cyber-security attack and a pandemic. Through it all we have a found a way to offer services by tapping into the intelligence and creativity of library staff. I cannot do justice to all the new and expanded programs and services that have launched in the last six months, but the talent and dedication shown by our librarians and professional staff is amazing. I am extremely thankful to the staff, library friends and foundations, the Library Commission and the communities we serve for stepping up to the challenges we have faced. Together we have strengthened our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. I have no doubt that the library will continue on its journey to advance the mission of bringing people and ideas together and that there will soon come a day when we can throw open our front doors to invite you back into our libraries.

In retirement, I plan to spend more time with my family and travel to some of my favorite countries when it is safe to do so. I will be keeping tabs on what the library is up to and look forward to what is to come.

Information about an interim County Librarian and recruitment is not yet available, but the Library will share an update as soon as possible.


Melinda Cervantes
County Librarian