All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Dec. 24-25, for the Christmas holiday; and by 5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for New Year's. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Paws to Read: 4 p.m. or 4:35 p.m. Dec. 3. Children in grades 1-5 can read aloud to a dog in the library program. It is meant to encourage children to read. It is not a program to teach dog safety or overcome the fear of dogs. Students must be registered by a parent.
Holiday Dance Around the World: 6-6:40 p.m. Dec. 11. All ages are invited to see dances and games from around the world celebrating the season, including Sevion for Hanukkah; Gung Xi Ni for Chinese New Year; Gumbo Ti for Kwanzaa; the Jingle Bells dance; and Shoemaker and the Elves.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays (Call 925-673-0659 to confirm the program on a specific Wednesday). A book buddy reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.
Social Security -- Your Questions Answered: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 9. Joy Maloles Keehn of Edward Jones will lead a presentation on how Social Security fits into your retirement plan. Two topics covered will be when you should start taking benefits and tax considerations. Registration is required by 11 p.m. Dec. 8.
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. The next session is Dec. 4-Jan. 15. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.
Bilingual Story Time: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 2. Children ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.
Stargazing with the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society: 7-8 p.m. Nov. 25. Kids can join the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society to view the stars, then come into the library to see picture panels from NASA.
Holiday Dance Around the World: 3-4 p.m. Dec. 14. Kids can enjoy festive dances from around the world.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required by Dec. 8. Space is limited.
Movie Night: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 16. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a PG-rated film with a Christmas theme. Register by 5 p.m. Dec. 14.
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: 1-2 p.m. Dec. 11. 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.
Get Covered, CA: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14: Sue Hamill and Covered California certified educators will share information and assist with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare. Assistance is on a first-come, first- served basis. The event is free, and there will be some Spanish translation services.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. The Dec. 15 discussion is on "The Chinese Bell Murders," by Robert van Gulik
Tech Check Up: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays; 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.
Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. Jan. 5. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Drop in anytime to knit, crochet and network. Free knitting and crocheting instruction. Some practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles.
ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in an informal and small-group setting.
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.