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 on vacation.

    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.

    Mastering Your Mind to Get What You Really Want in Life: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 3. Adults are invited to Tom Pearson's workshop that informs participants the results they get in their lives are a direct reflection of how they think, and the key to creating improved core beliefs will support results they are seeking.

    The Tarnished Golden Years: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 17. Wendy Harrison, who has been helping seniors and their families for 15 years, will talk about her book, a result of her real-world experience. She will touch on health and financial issues, modifications in social welfare benefits, and family dynamics, and offer insights to help participants understand challenges they may face.


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    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the discussion Sept. 8.

    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.

    Baby Bounce: 12:15-1:15 p.m. Sept. 18. Play, sing and rhyme one-on-one with your baby from birth to 18 months, followed by Playtime. The group will be on the floor, so dress comfortably. No older siblings. Registration is required and limited.

    Ice Cream Party! 7-8 p.m. Aug. 18. Young children and kids can celebrate their summer reading efforts with ice cream sundaes. Registration is required before Aug. 15.

    LEGO @ the Library: 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Kids ages 5-11 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. Aug. 25. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.

    eBook Workshop for iPads, Nooks, Android Devices and Smart Phones: 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 13. Teens and adults can learn how to download free eBooks and audiobooks on their e-reader or smart phone. The workshop required a working knowledge of your device. Space is limited and registration is required.

    Interviewing Techniques: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Representatives from the Youth Employment Opportunity Program will present a workshop for teens and young adults on interviewing techniques.

    Free Homework Help: 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. Sept. 10. 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.

    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 Sept. 14, the discussion will be on "The Tell-Tale Horse," by Rita Mae Brown.

    Spanish Book Club: 3-4 p.m. Aug. 28. 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. Sept. 7. 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.