All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 1 for the Labor Day 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 free.

    Patty Cakes Storytime: 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 12. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver.

    Picture Book Time: 11 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 14, 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.

    Save the Frogs: 7-7:40 p.m. Aug. 6. Kids ages 5-11 can learn about frogs and efforts to keep them safe at a program for families to attend together.

    Crafts and More! 4-4:40 p.m. July 31. Kids in grades K-5 can participate in a variety of activities at the library.

    Stories and Craft: 4-4:40 p.m. Aug. 7. Kids ages 5-11 can enjoy stories and a craft project.

    Family Book Bingo: 7-7:40 p.m. Aug. 11. Kids and their families can win prizes at this event to attend together.


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    Create a Sand Art Board (Dogs and Cats): 1 p.m. July 30. Teens are invited to make their own dog or cat sand art board. Presented by Judith Matthews. Register by July 22.

    Crazy Craft: 4-5 p.m. Aug. 6. Teens are invited to a crazy craft to paint a rabbit.

    Puppy/Beginning Obedience Demonstration and Q&A: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Adults and all ages are invited for Eileen Hanson's demonstration of beginning obedience techniques and dog-related information. Bring questions and curiosity, but not your dog. Hanson has trained dogs for more than 40 years and has shown and competed. She and husband Jim have operated Hanson Family Farms since 1978 (and on Marsh Creek since 1999) raising goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and horses. Register in advance.

    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the discussion Aug. 11 on "Amy Falls Down," by Jincy Willets.

    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 Aug. 27. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Aug. 11. 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. July 28. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.

    Wildlife Associates Wild Americas: 2:30-3:15 p.m. Aug. 4. Kids ages 5-11 can learn about the secret world of wildlife with ambassadors of the living wild. Registration is required by Aug. 3, and limited. Seating will not be guaranteed after the start of the program.

    SAT/ACT Essay Workshop: 1:30-2:30 p.m. July 31. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to a presentation by Brittney Griffin, a dual major at UC Berkeley in English and media studies who to discuss strategies and expectations for the SAT/ACT essay.

    Resume Building: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 12. The Employment Development Department's Youth Employment Opportunity Program provides services to youth ages 15-25, and is hosting a resume building workshop. Create a resume or take the one you have to the next level.

    Free Tutoring: 5-7 p.m. Mondays and 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays through August, and 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 8. 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. Aug. 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. Aug. 13. 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.

    Handmade Happy Hour: noon-3 p.m. July 26. Afternoon for adults to learn fabric painting techniques with designer, craft teacher and author Lisa Fulmer. All materials supplied. The program is in partnership with the Concord Art Association.

    What is Eastbay Works: An Informational Workshop on Your One-Stop Career Center: 1-2 p.m. July 30. Adults can learn about Eastbay Works free workshops to help them with career guidance, including computer skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques and more. There is also an assessment center for vocational interests and other skills.

    Master Gardener's Presents Container Gardening (Focus on Winter Vegetables): 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 28. Contra Costa Master Gardener Terry Lippert will discuss planting and growing edibles in containers and how much can be grown in a small area. Also includes a Q&A.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Aug. 10, the discussion will be on "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon," by Alexander McCall Smith

    Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. Aug. 3. 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. Mondays. 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.