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EAST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY– Author presentation by Reyna Grande

November 8, 2017 @ 3:30 am6:00 am


EAST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY– Author Reyna Grande will make two presentations in Brentwood on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Brentwood Community Center, located at 35 Oak Street. Ms. Grande will discuss her book, the East County Reads selection The Distance Between Us, which describes the author’s experiences as a young child growing up in poverty in Mexico, her entry into California as an undocumented immigrant, and her life after coming to the U.S. Her first presentation will be made during a benefit luncheon from 11:30-2:00, put on by the Friends of the Brentwood Library and the Brentwood Library Foundation. Proceeds from the luncheon will help fund amenities in the new Brentwood Library, slated to open during the summer of 2018. Tickets are available at, and are $45. You can also purchase tickets by check, made out to Brentwood Library Foundation, and mailed to 35 Oak St., Brentwood CA  94513. Ms. Grande will also speak the same evening in the Brentwood Community Center at 6:30 pm during a free presentation. No registration is required. Copies of her books will be available for sale and signing at both events. East County Reads: An Immigrant’s Journey is presented by the Antioch, Brentwood, and Oakley Libraries in an effort to share a common story, and provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to read and discuss the book The Distance Between Us.  Several programs around the theme of immigration, sharing stories and creating a dialogue are being held during October and November, 2017. For more information, go to, and check the calendar listings for the Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Prewett libraries. You can also contact Liz Fuller, Senior Community Library Manager, Antioch and Brentwood Libraries, 925-427-8543,   This program is supported by California Humanities’ Library Innovation Lab Grant Program. To find out more about Library Innovation Lab, visit our webpage here. “Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities”– The Library Innovation Lab pilot project will provide training, support, and resources to a cohort of programming librarians, enabling them to design and implement new public humanities projects that will reach and engage underserved immigrant groups in their communities during the program period. Through an open call application, ten libraries were selected to receive $5,000 each to participate in our first round of the Library Innovation Lab grant program. This grants program will help build capacity within California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.


November 8, 2017
3:30 am – 6:00 am


Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513 United States
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