All Contra Costa County library branches offer a variety of programs for children and families. See branch listings for program information and for branch operating hours. Updated information is available by calling 800-984-4636, or by visiting the website at www.ccclib.org.
Antioch Mystery Book Club: Adults enjoy a lively book discussion. New members welcome. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 27. California Puppets: "Magic Book Show," an afternoon of fun, learning, frivolity and a chance to meet the puppets. 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Immigration Law Workshop: An attorney will answer questions about immigration law in English and Spanish. First-come, first-served. Sponsored by the Contra Costa Bar Association. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11. Hunger Games: Ages 12 and up are invited to participate in a Hunger Games event with games, crafts and a book discussion. Snacks provided. Registration: ccclib.org/programs. Novel Knitters-Crochet with Chris: Create a simple slant shawl with a knitting diagonally technique. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Hours: Noon-8 Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 501 W. 18th St. 925-757-9224, ccclib.org.
Bay Point Crafts and more crafts: Children ages 5-11 enjoy summer crafts Thursdays ongoing from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 205 Pacifica Ave. 925-458-9597.
Brentwood The "Book Ends" Book Club: Adults meet to discuss "Blue Heaven" by C. J. Box. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Japanese Calligraphy for Teens: Youths ages 12-17 will learn how to write their name in Japanese using traditional methods. Bring an apron or smock. 4-5 p.m. Sept. 5. Registration: ccclib.org/programs. "Hoover's Family"-Rescue Dogs in the Library: Local author Mearl Santos reads her book, "Hoover's Family," told from the perspective of her rescue Basset Hound. Hoover himself will participate in the program, and rescue organization HALO will bring a dog as well. For youths ages 5-11. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 104 Oak St. 925-516-5290.
Oakley Stitchin' Saturdays: Crochet or knit with our "stitchers" or learn how to stitch from knowledgeable volunteers. Best suited for adults. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 8. Read to a Dog: Youths ages 6-13 can improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up at the information desk for a 10-15 minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Sept. 15. Beading Workshop for Adults: Local beading experts Leeann Lorono and Donna Cooper will teach you how to create simple projects with beads. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19. ccclib.org/programs. Captain Jack Spareribs: All ye scallywags sail on over for a juggling and magic show. Join some pirate fun with Capt. Jack Spareribs. See you there buccaneers. Argh! 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2-9 p.m. Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. 1050 Neroly Road. 925-625-02400.
Pittsburg Family Law Workshop: An attorney will meet with you individually to discuss your family law questions in a private 20-minute session. First-come, first-served. Free. Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-8 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 80 Power Road. 925-427-8390.