Contra Costa County Library has several gems on its website, including a host of research guides on a variety of topics. One of them is a government/taxes guide with a wealth of information to help you navigate the best methods for handling your taxes.

There's a list of recommended books, of course, but also contact information for the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, links to AARP tax assistance programs at the Concord Library, and links to other organizations in Contra Costa County that provide tax help. Tax forms are not easy to come by in print form these days, and libraries often get asked by users how to get forms. Libraries in Contra Costa County carry the state tax booklets for the 540 and 5402EZ forms, but no federal forms. Those federal forms are available online, and library computers can be used to print them. To find the Government/Taxes research guide on our website visit http://guides.ccclib.org/government/tax.

April events

Here's a sampling of what's up in East County Libraries in April. Check out the website at ccclib.org/programs to get a full lineup, including story times, book clubs, computer help sessions, and beading programs.

CHILDREN: Author/illustrator Elisa Kleven visits Bay Point on April 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at DeAnza Gardens Housing Center, 205 Pueblo Ave. Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with special guest Kleven. Choose a free book from the Children's Library to take home. Sponsored by the Bay Point Library & Reading Advantage with funding provided by Supervisor Federal Glover and Corporate Sponsors NRG & CALPINE.


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Speed Racers: April 13, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Antioch Library. Come and make your very own mini speed racer.

R.E.A.D. to a Dog: April 16, from 11 to 12:30 p.m. at the Pittsburg Library. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up at the information desk for a 10- to 15-minute session. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum — What's Wild and What's Not: April 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Pittsburg Library. Lindsay Wildlife Museum will help you explore what makes an animal wild.

Zumba for Kids 7 and Up: April 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center.

It's National Dance Week! Shake it to the beat at this free class with instructor Karina. Mom and Dad, you can jump in, too! No registration required.

Dance Around the World with Nikola Clay: April 27, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Antioch Library.

Nikola Clay is returning to the Antioch Library to teach dance moves and musical games.

Family Bike Rodeo: April 30, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Pittsburg Library.

Join Bike East Bay's certified instructors for a day of fun games, safety drills, skills building, and a neighborhood ride. This workshop is for kids (suggested grade range, second through sixth) who are able to ride a bike and ready to take to the paths and roadways with their parents. Complete details and registration are available online at ccclib.org/programs.

TEENS AND ADULTS: Dances of India with Swetha Dixit on April 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Brentwood Community Center.

Join us for a graceful performance by members of Kalakoil dance school. Free, no registration required.

Open Mic: On April 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center.

Read your own work or another writers, or just listen. 5 minute max for readings. No profanity or inappropriate language. For more information, contact Kati Short at shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

Beginner's Guide to Genealogy: April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brentwood Library.

Learn how to begin your research and find out about useful genealogical research websites with help from members of Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. After the presentation, individualized assistance will be provided. Registration required, and can be done online at ccclib.org/programs, or by calling the Brentwood Library at 925-516-5290.

Take Charge: Wise Use of Credit Cards: April 23 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Antioch Library.

Find out how to use credit cards to your advantage. You'll learn the benefits and cost of credit cards, how to build a good history, the warning signs of having too much debt, how to avoid credit card fraud, and how to get and read your credit report and score.

Zumba for Kids and Adults: April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center.

It's National Dance Week. Shake it to the beat at this free class with instructor Karina. No registration required.

Liz Fuller is the senior community library manager at the Brentwood Library, and can be reached at 925-516-5294 or lfuller@ccclib.org.