All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Sept. 2-3 for the Labor Day holiday. 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.
Mellow Zombie's Marshmallow Art: 4-5 p.m. Aug. 8. Teens ages 12-17 can make their own zombie with a marshmallow. Registration required by Aug. 6.
Peanuts on the Go: 7-8 p.m. Aug. 8. Kids in grades K-5 can learn about the "Peanuts" comic strip characters and learn how to draw Snoopy.
Festival of Fun: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 9. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to "Dream Big" as a part of the Summer Reading Festival and drop in to the library for crafts and activities.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy reader will be in the library to read stories to children of all ages.
Clayton Community Library An Introduction for Teachers: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Ask a librarian
Talk with author Rick Reed: 7-8:15 p.m. Sept. 5. Rick Reed, author of the Detective Jack Murphy series, will talk about his fictional detective as well as his true account of serial killer Joseph Weldon Brown, in "Blood Trail." Participants will learn the differences and similarities in writing these types of books. There will be time for a Q&A.
Clayton Library Book Group: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the Aug. 13 discussion of "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear.
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 picture books, songs and bounces.
Dream Big and Reach for the Stars! 7-8 p.m. Aug. 6. Kids ages 5-11 can celebrate the Summer Reading Program with out-of-this-world crafts and snacks. Participants will create a Yoda paper bag puppet and learn to make a Lego creation (the Lego craft may be difficult for children under 5). Supplies are limited.
Peanuts on the Go! 4-5 p.m. Aug. 8. Kids in grades K-5 can learn about the "Peanuts" comic strip and learn how to draw Snoopy.
English as a Second Language Conversation Group: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 2-Sept. 27. Adults can practice and improve their English language conversational skills with a native English speaking volunteer and other English language learners. Drop-in sessions are free.
Immigration Lawyer at the Concord Library: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 30. Adults can consult with an immigration attorney for 15-minute one-on-one sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is free, with attorneys volunteering their time.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Aug. 12, the discussion will be on "Bruno, Chief of Police" by Martin Walker.
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.
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.