All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed March 31, for the observance of Easter. 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. March 26-May 14. 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. Thursday, March 7. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver. The next session is from March 28-May 16.

    Paws to Read: 4 p.m. or 4:35 p.m. March 12, 19, 26, April 9. Children in grades 1-5, who need encouragement to read, can sign up for a maximum of three sessions to read aloud to a dog. The program is not to teach dog safety or overcome fear of dogs. Participation is very limited and registration by a parent is required.

    Comic Book Workshop: 4-4:45 p.m. March 11. Kids 6-11 will learn how to write and draw their own comic book and graphic novel stories from author and artist Oliver Chin, and get free comics. Space is limited so advanced sign up is required.

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


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    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. the second Mondays, and open to anyone interested. On March 11, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion of "The Snow Child," by Eowyn Ivey.

    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 picture books, songs and bounces.

    Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays through April 3, is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. 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.

    Magic of Timothy James: 7-8 p.m. March 18. Kids and all ages can enjoy a night of comedy and magical thrills.

    Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show: 7-8 p.m. April 8. Kids ages 5-11 can taste some honey, peek inside a real beehive and laugh at puppets as part of the library's Summer Reading Festival.

    All Ears Reading Insiders Group: 2-3 p.m. March 13. Adults with developmental disabilities are invited to practice their reading skills to gentle and patient listeners -- dogs. In partnership with ARF, dog teams will be available for a short one-on-one reading session. Participants should sign up at the door.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On March 10, the discussion will be on "The Queen's Man," by Sharon Kay Penman.

    Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. April 7. 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: 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturdays. 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.

    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.