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 Sparkles Delight the Clown: Sparkles Delight the Clown will entertain you with her zany humor, a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of wackiness. 3-4 p.m. Jan. 16. Infant/Toddler Storytime: Short board and picture book stories for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with parent or caregiver and child interaction. 10:30-10:50 a.m. Thursdays. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. 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 Stay and Play: After story time, kids will play, put puzzles together, make crafts and just have fun. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Homework Help: Homework help is available for children grades K-12. 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 205 Pacifica Ave. 925-458-9597.
Brentwood Introduction to OverDrive/eBooks and e-Readers at the Library: Learn about using popular e-readers (Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc.) to access the library's digital collection. 10 a.m. Jan. 7. Registration required at ccclib.org. The "Book Ends" Book Club: This month the club will discuss "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. Copies are available at the information desk. (Pick up a copy of next month's book "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows at the beginning of the month.) 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. "Chill Out With a Book" Winter Reading Program: A self-paced reading program for school-age kids and teens. Read and review three books and turn in your reading log to earn prizes, including a free book and Mountain Mike's pizza. Begins Jan. 14. Pajama Storytime: A story time for children 5 and younger. Fuzzy slippers are encouraged. 7 p.m. Mondays. Lapsit Baby Storytime: A story time for infants. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Toddler Time: Stories and finger plays for toddlers. 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 and/or knit with other "stitchers" or learn how to stitch with knowledgeable volunteers. This program is best-suited for adults. 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12. Family Storytime: The whole family is invited to come have fun listening to books, singing songs and making a craft. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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 Lego Party with Bricks 4 Kids: Bricks 4 Kids will be in the library with Lego fun. This program is best-suited for children age 4 and older. 2 p.m. Jan. 2. Hands on Science with Owls: Learn more about owls and their habits with Mike Moran from East Bay Regional Parks. See first hand what owls like to eat by dissecting owl pellets. What a hoot! 2 p.m. Jan. 3. Storytime/Crafts: Each week you will share stories and make fun creations. All ages welcome; parent participation appreciated. 1-1:45 p.m. Saturdays. Children's Storytime: Stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards. Ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 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.