All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Feb. 17, for Presidents Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
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.
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.
Paws to Read: 4 or 4:35 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25. Children in grades 1-5 can read aloud to a do. Registration by a parent is required. The program is to encourage children who need it to read. It is not to teach dog safety or overcome the fear of dogs. Students can be signed up for a maximum of four sessions.
Joy of Movement: 4-4:40 p.m. March 6. Preschoolers and kids can join Liz Mac for dance and yoga movements to music. The program is best for kids ages 4-8, but family members are encouraged to join.
Teen Advisory Group: 7-8 p.m. March 6. Teens are invited. Call 925-673-0659.
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. Feb. 26. 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.
The Art of Writing with Constance Krail-Self: 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 10. Local author of historic fiction, Constance Krail-Self, talks about being an author, what one should know about successful writingm, the importance of research and how to become a published author.
Play Away Please: Author Talk with John Peter Hagen: 7-8 p.m. March 26. John Peter Hagen will share his love of golf and his book about the most important course in the world -- St. Andrews Old Course.
Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. On March 10, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion on "Little Century" by Anna Keesey.
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 short picture books, songs and bounces.
Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays through March 12. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.
Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through March 31. Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish. The next session begins Feb. 24.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. March 24. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!:6-8 p.m. March 3. Kids can celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday with stories, activities and treats.
Movie Night: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 24. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.
Free Mock SAT/ACT Test: 1-5 p.m. March 23. Teens can practice the exam under test-like conditions, managed by library assistant Christina Gendron in partnership with a Kaplan test-prep representative. Participants will be contacted about their scores and offered some score-raising tips. Register at the library by March 20.
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.
Insiders: 1-2 p.m. Feb. 26. 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.
Get Covered, California: 5-8 p.m. March 20. Adults can get information about the new health care exchange marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare. Representatives from Covered California's Community Outreach Network will be able to answer questions, and there will be enrollment counselors on a first-come, first-served basis. Some translation services will be available for Spanish speakers. Can't make it? Visit www.coveredca.com or call 800-300-1506 for information or to sign up.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Feb. 9, the discussion will be on "Spade and Archer," by Joe Gores.
Spanish Book Club: 3-4 p.m. Feb. 27. Adults can join the club led by Luisa Carnathan and read and discuss books in Spanish. The next book is "Hija de la Fortuna," by Isabel Allende.
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. March 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.
Free Income Tax Assistance: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 14. AARP volunteers will provide tax assistance to low- and middle-income residents. Call the library to make an appointment. Priority is given to senior citizens.
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.