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: For children up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver, is from 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through 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 through 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.


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    Library 101: An Introduction for Teens: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Students ages 12-17 are invited for a Q&A with Doug Thomas to learn how to get a book the library does not own, what to do when you can't get that classic you need, best practices for research projects, and more. Home-schoolers are welcome. Space is limited to 40, so register by Sept. 25, at ccclib.org or call 925-673-0659.

    Henna for Teens with Rachel-Anne -- a Clayton Reads program: 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Middle and high school students can see a demonstration and have a practice session after an introduction to how and why henna body art is used around the world. Register at the library in person. Permission is required from participants.

    Earthquake! Bay Area History of a Hazard -- a Clayton Reads program: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Adults and high school students can learn more about the hazards of earthquakes or about temblors of the past. There will be a talk and PowerPoint presentation by Chuck James, earthquake engineering library director and information manager at UC Berkeley.

    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 Oct. 8 discussion on "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.

    Ayurveda Diet: the Healing Cuisine -- a Clayton Reads program: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Adults and high school students can learn about the Ayurveda diet which balances individual food taste with body chemistry. Dietitian Chaitali Rede will discuss integrating the age-old nutrition wisdom from India into the American lifestyle.

    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. Wednesdays, through Oct. 17. It is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs.

    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.

    Spooky Stories: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 15. Kids ages 5-11 can listen to some spooky stories, sing songs and make a Halloween craft.

    Discover Tarantulas! 7-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Kids can learn about tarantulas in a presentation by the East Bay Regional Park District.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Oct. 14, the discussion will be on "Murder in the Bastille," by Cara Black.

    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.

    Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. On Oct. 7, 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.