All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed April 20, for the observance of Easter. 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 May 13. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver.
Picture Book Time: 11 a.m. Thursdays through May 8, 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 reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.
Photo Bug Hunt: A Homeschooler Program with Becky Jaffe: 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 7. Becky Jaffe, a photographer, naturalist and educator will lead students through a brief presentation, followed by a nature walk and photo hunt. Participants will crawl through underbrush of Mitchell Creek looking for insects, and photographing, identifying and observing. After the walk, photos will be reviewed together and selected images chosen for display at the library. Bring camera, field guides and curiosity, and wear clothes that can get dirty. Tweens and teens and their families are welcome.
Teen Advisory Group: 7-8 p.m. May 6. Teens are invited. Call 925-673-0659.
Gardening Stories and Craft: 11-11:40 a.m. May 15. Kids ages 3-7 can listing to a special reading, "Where's Your Grandma Today," about volunteering, shared by the Assistance League of Diablo Valley. There will also be a craft. Register in advance.
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 May 7. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.
Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays, April 21-June 2. Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.
Toddler Tumble Time: noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays, April 24-May 22. A five-week playgroup features early literacy toys and activities for tots ages 1-3½. Registration is required and limited to 25 children.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. May 12. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Movie Monday: 7-8:30 p.m. April 28. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.
Magician, Brian Scott: 7-8 p.m. May 5. The family is invited for an evening with magician Brian Scott.
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. April 23, 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. May 14. 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. On May 11, the discussion will be on "Arsenic and Old Paint," by Hailey Lind.
ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in an informal, friendly and small-group setting.
Spanish Book Club: 3-4 p.m. April 24. Adults can join the club led by Luisa Carnathan and read and discuss books in Spanish. .
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.