All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 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 on vacation.

    Patty Cakes Storytime: 11 a.m. Tuesdays through March 4. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver.

    Picture Book Time: 11 a.m. Thursdays through March 6, is for kids ages 3-5 who can attend without a caregiver.

    Library 101: An Introduction for Teens: 4-5:15 p.m. Jan. 22. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to ask a librarian about the library: how to get a book the library does not own, how to get that classic you need right away, and help with research projects. Doug Thomas holds a Q&A. Space is limited.

    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.

    Teen Advisory Group: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 6. Teens are invited. Call 925-673-0659.


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    The Ruth Bancroft Garden: A History: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Brian Kemble, curator and lecturer, will give a history of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, now more than 40 years old, and which was once part of a pear orchard in operation until the 1960s. There will be a selection of plants for purchase after the talk.

    Conservation in Africa through Art, Science, and Education: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation by Wendy Blakeley, who has more than two decades of experience, travel and conservation work in Africa. She charted the nonprofit Africa Matters to bring conservation to youth, and organized arts and crafts workshops developing local arts and helping artisans with income-generating skills.

    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults.

    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. Wednesday, Feb. 5-March 12. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs. The next session is Feb. 5-March 12.

    Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays, through Feb. 3 (no session Jan. 20). Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    Toddler Tumble Time: noon-1:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 30. A five-week toddler play group with a focus on early literacy. Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 children, who must be between the ages of 1-3½.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required by Jan. 13. Space is limited.

    Movie Night: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 24. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.

    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.

    Get Covered, CA: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18; and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 3. 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.

    Insiders: 1-2 p.m. Jan. 22, 27. 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.

    All Ears Reading: 1-2 p.m. Feb. 12. Adults with disabilities can enjoy the unconditional love of dogs and practice reading to furry friends. Dogs and their handlers are supplied courtesy of a partnership between the library and Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group.

    Free Computer Help: noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. 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. Feb. 2. 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, friendly 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.