All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Dec. 23-25, for the Christmas holiday, and by 5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. 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 on vacation.

    Patty Cakes Story Time: The next session for children up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver is from 11-11:20 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 5. It features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy.

    Picture Book Time: Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver. The next sessions are from 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 7.

    Meet Mr. Lincoln: 7:40-8:25 p.m. Jan. 28. Kids in grade 2 and older can meet Abraham Lincoln, as performed by Kevin Weinert, who will offer folksy tales from the 16th U.S. President's life. The free event is sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation. No registration.

    "Life in Hitler's Crosshairs," an author talk: 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 19. Connie Self will talk about her work of historical fiction -- and the research that went into it -- about Poland's destruction during Hitler's siege in World War II.

    Wills and Trusts: A Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16. Ivette Santaella, a licensed practicing attorney specializing in estate planning, family and elder law, will help adults begin the process to write a will, learn about trusts and answer questions about the documents. Registration is required at ccclib.org or by calling 925-673-0659.

    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 Dec. 12, is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs. A new session starts Jan. 2-Feb. 6.

    Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Jan. 7-Feb. 11 (no session Jan. 21). Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    Puppet Art Theater -- The Boy Who Cried Wolf: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 17. For kids 5-11, the Puppet Art Theater will present the classic story with a holiday twist.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Kids ages 8-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required by Jan. 13. Space is limited.

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

    Multicultural Music from Around the World: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 28. Kids of all ages are invited to a performance by Don O'Brien.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Jan. 13, the discussion will be on "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party," by Alexander McCall Smith.

    Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Saturdays. Adults can get 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.