All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.

  • At the Clayton Community Library, Story Time programs are free.

    Patty Cakes Story Time: 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 13. For children up to 5 years old attending with a caregiver, the program features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy.

    Picture Book Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 15. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver.

    Juicy Books and Crafts: 4-5 p.m. July 23, 30. Kids in grades K-3 can enjoy some books and crafts. Participants should register in advance.

    Board Games: 4-5 p.m. July 24. Teens are invited to bring their friends to the cool of the library to play a board game.

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    Cool Craft: 4-5 p.m. July 31. In a craft, teens are invited to personalize their own lunchbox. Register by July 29.

    Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show: 4-4:45 p.m. Aug. 1. Kids can taste some honey and peek inside a real beehive, and enjoy puppet entertainment. The show is part of the library's Summer Reading Festival.

    Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children of all ages.


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    College Financial Planning: 6:30-8 p.m. July 22. Teens and adults can learn about college financial planning from the Heartland Institute of Financial Education, including family challenges, costly mistakes, and an overview of FAFSA. Registration is required.

    Summer Reading Festival Clayton Teen Party: 4-5 p.m. Aug. 14. Teens can enjoy an end-of-summer party. Register by Aug. 13.

    Designing your Encore Career: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Shellie Fletcher Roehrs will help adults considering a career change, or retirees wanting to use their expertise to contribute to the world in a personal meaningful way to make work their avocation.

    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. On Aug. 12, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion on "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver.

    The library is at 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton. Call 925-673-0659. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

  • At the Concord Library, Story Time programs are free.

    Baby & Toddler Story Time: 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11:15-11:35 a.m. Tuesdays. It is for children ages 0-3½ attending with a caregiver and features short picture books, songs and bounces.

    Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs. The next session is at 1 p.m. Aug. 14-Sept. 18.

    Bilingual Story Time: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through July 29. The next session is Aug. 19-Sept. 30 (no session Sept. 2). Children ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Space is limited and registration is required the day before the program.

    Get Schooled in Rock@Your Library: 7-8 p.m. July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 15, 22 and 29. Students from 8-18 can sign up for a free eight-week course to learn how to play the guitar. Registration is limited to 12 students per eight-week session. Guitars will be provided by Guitars Not Guns.

    Stuffed Animal Sleepover: 7-7:45 p.m. July 22. Kids can bring a stuffed animal (that they can stand to be without for a night) for a story time and craft, and then leave it at the library overnight to party with the other animals.

    Hijinks with Thomas John: 7-8 p.m. July 29. Kids can enjoy juggling and fun with Thomas John, who has shared his wacky performances on "America's Got Talent." The event is part of the library's Summer Reading Festival. Children who bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will receive an original Thomas John doodle.

    Ice Cream Party: 7-8 p.m. Aug. 12. Kids can celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Festival with a cool treat. Registration is required and ends one week before the event.

    Wii Rock at Concord Library! 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Middle and high school students can play Wii -- Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Smarty Pants, Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Play Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Kart -- with their friends.

    TAG! 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Middle and high school students are invited to the Teen Advisory Group to discuss current and future teen experiences at the library. Must be a TAG member to participate. See a staff member for more info.

    All Ears Reading Insiders Group: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 14. Adults with developmental disabilities are invited to practice their reading skills to gentle and patient listeners -- dogs. In partnership with ARF, dog teams will be available for a short one-on-one reading session. Participants should sign up at the door upon arrival.

    Insiders: 12:30-1:30 p.m. July 24. Adults with disabilities can enjoy a laid-back setting in the library for enrichment and fun. Events differ each month and vary from arts and crafts, enjoying music and dance, and playing games on the Wii.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. The Aug. 11 discussion is on "If Walls Could Talk," by Juliet Blackwell.

    Nonfiction Book Club: 1-5 p.m. July 28. Adults can join the Central Contra Costa County Quarterly Nonfiction Book Club for a lively discussion and snacks. Participants will discuss "Social Animal," by David Brooks.

    Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. Aug. 4. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Drop in anytime to knit, crochet and network. Free knitting and crocheting instruction. Some practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles.

    ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in an informal, friendly and small-group setting.

    Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Fridays; and 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturdays. Adults can get one-on-one help with basic computer instruction -- setting up an email account, searching the Internet, formatting a Word document and beginning Excel skills.

    Small claims adviser workshop: 5:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, presented by the Contra Costa County Superior Court. The program is free and open to everyone. No registration, but latecomers will not be admitted due to the large amount of information to be covered.

    The library is at 2900 Salvio St., Concord. Phone: 925-646-5455. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.