All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Nov. 11-12 for the observance of Veterans Day, and will close at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and all day Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving. 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. Oct. 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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    Tell Your Own Story: Make Your Own Picture Book! -- a Clayton Reads program: 4-5 p.m. Nov. 15. Kids ages 4-9 can make their own picture book. Registration is required.

    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.

    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.

    Yoga with Alandi -- a Clayton Reads program: 10:15-11:45 a.m. Nov. 3. Yoga instructor Alandi Stec will give a brief introduction to the physical benefits of yoga, which will be followed by a practice session suitable for mixed levels. Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear loose clothing.

    "One Amazing Thing" Book Discussion -- a Clayton Reads Program: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 4, 7. High school students and adults can join a discussion of the book with moderator, librarian Karen Hansen-Smith.

    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.

    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.

    Preschool Parachute Program: 7-7:45 p.m. Nov. 5. There will be singing and rhythm activities for children ages 3-5. Registration is required and limited to 16 children. Register in person at the information desk or call the library.

    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.

    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.