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, Sept. 11-Nov. 27. 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, Sept. 13-Nov. 15.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy volunteer reader will be in the library to read stories to children of all ages.
Paws to Read: 4-4:25 p.m. Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6. The program, for children in grades 1-5, is meant to encourage kids who have trouble reading. It is not to teach dog safety or overcome the fear of dogs. Students may be signed up for a maximum of four sessions. Registration by a parent is required.
Dinosaurs Rock: 4-4:40 p.m. Oct. 4. Kids ages 5-11 can see and touch a T-Rex head and an 8-foot tall mammoth leg. There will be dino-eggs, dino-tracks and more.
Library 101: An Introduction for Teens: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
College: Getting There from Here: 7-8:15 p.m. Sept. 19. Financial adviser Joy Maloles Keehn will discuss questions to consider when establishing a college savings goal, strategies to reach them, and the features and benefits of a 529 college savings plan. Space is limited and registration is required at the library website (ccclib.org) or by calling 925-673-0659 by Sept. 18.
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.
California's Wild Salmon and the Nature Conservancy -- Recovery of a Pacific Icon: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 12. Brian Stranko, regional director of for the Nature Conservancy, will present the organization's effort to bring back the wild salmon population through its work with ranchers, timber companies, and wine grape growers.
Immigration Consultation with a Bar-Certified Attorney: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3. Adults are invited to a free legal consultation, by appointment, with Spojmie Nasiri, an attorney specializing in immigration law. She is a first-generation immigrant herself who understands the difficulties and emotions involved, and is fluent in Pashto and Farsi.
Clayton Library Book Group: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the Sept. 10 discussion.
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.
Xtreme Science Magic: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 10. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to see science come to life.
Preschool Parachute Program: 7-7:45 p.m. Sept. 24. Singing and rhythm activities for children ages 0-5. Registration is required and limited to 16 children. Register in person at the information desk or call 925-646-5455.
Estate Planning: Leaving a Legacy for Your Family: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6. Adults are invited to the free workshop, part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County's Business Education program, to learn about the benefits of estate planning, minimizing taxes and expenses, learn about different estate planning documents, trusts, gifting, generation skipping transfer tax and estate planning for spouses or registered domestic partners. The workshop is presented by the Law Office of Ivette M. Santaella.
English as a Second Language Conversation Group: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through 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 Sept. 9, the discussion will be on "Mark of the Lion," by Suzanne Arruda.
Concord Art Association: 12:50-2:50 p.m. Sept. 11. Adults are invited to an educational program presented by an invited artist with a demonstration of an art form or an introduction to different facets of the art world. Open to the public.
Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next session is Sept. 16. 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.
Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. 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.