All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. 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: 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26. For babies and tots 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 Nov. 21. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver.

    Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays (Call 925-673-0659 to confirm the program on a specific Wednesday). A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.

    Social Security: Your Questions Answered: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 9. Adults and seniors can learn about how Social Security fits into retirement plans, including when they should start taking benefits and tax considerations. A 25-minute presentation by Joy Maloles Keehn of Edward Jones. Registration required.

    One Woman Two Countries: A Talk with Author Evangelina Lisi: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Evangelina Lisi, linguist emeritus of UC Berkeley, discusses her collection of autobiographical vignettes her life growing up in Italy and then studying at Cal. She spends her retirement between Walnut Creek and Lake Trasimeno, Italy. Register by Oct. 15.


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    Clayton Reads: Oct. 1-Nov. 7. The sixth annual Clayton Reads is part of the "One City, One Book" program to encourage the entire community to focus on the same book, and join discussions and presentations. This year's title is "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury.

    The Written Word: Calligraphy and History -- a Clayton Reads Program: 6:30-7 p.m. and 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 7. Calligrapher Carolyn Van Essen will present the art and history of the written word. The first part of the program consists of a demonstration and talk for all, and is followed by a practice session for adults, which requires registration by Oct. 5. Those attending will learn some basic pen strokes and should bring a handle with a 2c nib, available at an art store.

    Fireside Stories: Not Just For Kids -- a Clayton Reads Program: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 30. Teen and adults are invited to join Marian Ferrante in an old-fashioned campfire storytelling.

    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. On Oct. 14, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion on "Ragtime," by E.L. Doctorow.

    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, Oct. 9-Nov. 13. It is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs.

    Bilingual Story Time: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 30. Children ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Oct. 21. 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, Sept. 26-Oct. 24. Kids ages 1-3 1/2 and their parents can participate with early literacy toys. Registration is required, and is underway. Limited to the first 25 kids.

    Bean Art Craft: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 30. Kids ages 5-11 can create art with beans.

    Snakes! 1-1:45 p.m. Oct. 5. Kids can learn about local snakes from an East Bay Regional Park ranger.

    (Not So) Spooky Stories & Craft: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Kids can get into the Halloween spirit with stories and a craft.

    Free Tutoring: 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Responsible teen volunteers will tutor all subjects and all ages. Contact Christina Gendron at 925-646-5455 with questions or to become a tutor.

    All Ears Reading Insiders Group: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 9. 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 upon arrival.

    Insiders: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Adults with disabilities can enjoy a laid-back setting in the library for enrichment and fun. Events differ each month and vary from arts and crafts, enjoying music and dance, and playing games on the Wii.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. The Oct. 13 discussion is on "A Finer End," by Deborah Crombie.

    Tech Check Up: 2-4 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Adults and seniors can get assistance on a drop-in basis on how to use computers, and can get help setting up e-readers, smart phones, tablets and using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs.

    ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in an informal, friendly and small-group setting.

    Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Fridays; and 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturdays (no session Sept. 14). 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.

    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.