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

  • At the Clayton Community Library, Story Time programs are on vacation. Patty Cakes will return Jan. 7, and Picture Book Time will return Jan. 9.

    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 volunteer 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.

    Reading a Health Insurance Policy -- Preparing for the Affordable Care Act: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Jan. 8. Ash Aneja will give a brief talk and take questions on how to read and what to look for in an health insurance policy. This is an informational session only. Register by Jan. 7.

    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 Jan. 15. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.

    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, Jan. 6. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a PG-rated film with a Christmas theme. Register by 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

    Insights On Writing: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 9. A workshop for kids and teens encourages them to think creatively, and offers an afternoon of writing.

    Free Tutoring: 5-7 p.m. Mondays; and 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.

    Tutoring Holiday Party: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 23. A get-together for tutors and students of all ages.

    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 one-on-one reading session. Participants should sign up at the door upon arrival.

    Get Covered, CA: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 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

    Free Computer Help: 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. Practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles.

    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. 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.