All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Feb. 18 for the observance of Presidents Day. 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: 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.

    Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children of all ages.

    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 Community Library 101: An Introduction: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 27. Adults can learn about how to access magazine articles, borrow a book that the library does not own, the save, list, search and vacation hold options on the visual catalog, and more. There will a brief presentation and time for discussion and questions. Space is limited and registration is required.


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    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to anyone interested. On Feb. 11, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Shermann Alexie.

    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 Feb. 6, is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs. Another session is Feb. 27-April 3.

    Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 11. Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Feb. 25, March 11. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Space is limited and registration is required the day before the program.

    Toddler Tumble Time: noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays through 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."

    Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. Feb. 3. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Drop in anytime to knit, crochet and network. Free knitting instruction during first half of class by Melanie Mintz, and free crocheting help the second half of class by Chris Curtiss. Some scrap yarn provided, but bring your own needles or hook.

    Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 2, 9. 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.