All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Jan. 21, for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Patty Cakes Story Time: 11-11:20 a.m. Tuesdays through March 5. For children up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver, the program features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy.
Picture Book Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays through March 7. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver.
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.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children of all ages.
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.
Solar Energy Basics for Homes and Farms: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Participants will learn about solar technologies, including solar electricity and solar water heating, from Pete Shoemaker, renewables program coordinator with PG&E Pacific Energy Center. Space is limited and registration is required.
Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to anyone interested. On Jan. 14, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion of "Next to Love," by Ellen Feldman.
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.
Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Feb. 6, is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs.
Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 11 (no session Jan. 21). Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Feb. 25. Kids ages 8-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required by Jan. 13. Space is limited.
Toddler Tumble Time: noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 31-Feb. 28. Early literacy for children up to age 3 1/2. Space is limited to 25, and registration is required.
Storyteller Kirk Waller: 7-7:45 p.m. Feb. 11. Kids are invited to hear award-winning storyteller Kirk Waller, who has received a Parent's Choice Foundation Gold Award for his latest CD, "But Why? Stories, Music and Songs."
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.
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.
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.