All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed July 4 for the observance of Independence Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Patty Cakes Story Time: for children up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver, is from 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 14. It features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy.
Picture Book Time: for children 3-5 years old who may attend without a caregiver, is at 11 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 16.
Own the Night, Own Your Dreams: 4-5 p.m. June 27. Youths ages 12-17 or in grades 6-12 can make a pillow. Registration required.
Gaming (with Doug): 4-5:30 p.m. July 11, 18, 25. Teens ages 12-17 can play Wii games. The first session features Mario Kart.
Writer's Workshop Summer Dreamscapes -- Take Flight and Write: 3-5 p.m. July 18. Youth ages 12-18 will learn how to write beginnings, middles and endings and capture the readers' attention from the first word. Led by children's authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Register by July 17.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy volunteer reader will be in the library to read stories to children
Heather Donahue -- Grow Girl: How my Life After the Blair Witch Project Went to Pot: 2-3:15 p.m. June 23. Adults are invited to an author talk with the star of "The Blair Witch Project" who discusses her turn to growing medical marijuana after her acting career stalled.
The Secret Language of Dreams and Fairy Tales -- A Talk with Kevin Dincher: 1-2 p.m. July 21. Adults are invited to look at the common language of dreams and fairy tales and what they tell us about ourselves. Part of the Summer Reads program.
Clayton Library Book Group: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the July 9 discussion of "Travels With Charley," by John Steinbeck.
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.
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.
Bats in Focus: 7-8 p.m. July 2. Children in grades K-5 are invited to a program of the Summer Reading Festival about bats. More information will be available later.
Juggler: Thomas Truman John: 7-8 p.m. July 16. Dori DeCommer presents juggling for all ages as part of the Summer Reads program.
Free Legal Workshop on Wills and Trusts: 6-8 p.m. June 28. Attorney Deborah Moritz-Farr will lead presentation on the basics of wills, durable powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, trusts and probate, as well as federal estate taxes, joint tenancy, funding of trusts and titling of assets. The event is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On July 8, the discussion will be on "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" by Alexander McCall Smith.
Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Drop in anytime to knit, crochet and network. Some practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles.
Small claims adviser workshop: 5:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, presented by the Contra Costa County Superior Court. On July 12, participants will learn how to prepare for their court appearance, file court forms, and organize their case. 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.