All Contra Costa County library branches offer a variety of programs for children and families. See branch listings for program information and for branch operating hours. Updated information is available by calling 800-984-4636, or by visiting the website at www.ccclib.org.
Gerald's Magic: Local magician Gerald Joseph will amaze you with his extraordinary tricks. You won't want to miss the show or the announcement about the special March program. 3 p.m. Feb. 20. Teen Advisory Board: For teens interested in giving back to the community. Help promote reading programs, more. Fill out an application at the library. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Mystery Book Club: This Month's title is "The Lace Reader" by Brunonia Barry. A young woman descended from a long line of mind readers and fortune tellers has returned to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts for rest and relaxation. Any tranquility in her life is short-lived, however, when her aunt drowns under mysterious circumstances. Best suited for adults. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Infant/Toddler Storytime: Short board and picture book stores for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with parent or caregiver and child interaction. 10:30-10:50 a.m. Thursdays. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 501 W. 18th St. 925-757-9224, ccclib.org.
Bay Point Preschool Storytime: Stories for the whole family. We will read books, sing songs, learn rhymes, dance, play, and more. 4 p.m.Feb. 21 and 28. n Stay and Play: After story time kids will play, put puzzles together, make crafts and just have fun. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Free Play Friday: All of your most popular board games and card games are available for you to enjoy. Connect 4, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Uno, more. You name it, we might have it. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays. Homework Help: Homework help is available for children grades K-12. 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 205 Pacifica Ave. 925-458-9597.
Brentwood "Chill Out With a Book" Winter Reading Program: A self-paced reading program for school-age kids and teens. Read and review three books and turn in your reading log to earn prizes, including a free book and Mountain Mike's pizza. Teen Advisory Group: Join this teen club to help out with library programs and earn volunteer hours. The TAG meets 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 Pajama Storytime: A story time for children 5 and younger. Fuzzy slippers are encouraged. 7 p.m. Mondays. Lapsit Baby Storytime: A story time for infants. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Toddler Time: Stories and finger plays for toddlers. 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 104 Oak St. 925-516-5290.
Oakley Computer Tutor: Sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one session with a tutor and brush up on basic computer skills including setting up an email account, searching the Internet, using Microsoft Office. Best suited for adults. Call for an appointment. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 19. Adult Beading Program: Local beading experts will teach you how to create simple projects with beads. Great for gifts. 6-8p.m. Feb. 20. Registration required at ccclib.org. Teen Movie Afternoon: Enjoy ice cream sundaes and a 2013 Academy Award nominated film. Will the film win at the Oscars this year? Come watch and decide for yourself. 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Toddler Storytime: Come join other for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement activities for toddlers. 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Infant Storytime: Short books, songs, rhymes, and bounces for babies up to 24-months-old. 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Family Storytime: The whole family is invited to come have fun listening to books, singing songs and making a craft. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2-9 p.m. Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. 1050 Neroly Road. 925-625-02400.
Pittsburg Out of This World Space Activities: Youths grades 6-8 star gaze with telescopes from the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society and participate in Chabot Space and Science Center's Space and Astronaut Training activities. Far out fun. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Celebrate the Year of the Library: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Contra Costa County Library with an afternoon of history. Join others at the Pittsburg Historical Museum, 515 Railroad Ave., where you can find local memorabilia. East Bay Regional Parks will have a children's activity courtesy of the Black Diamond Mines, and the museum will offer a tour of historical downtown Pittsburg. Learn about our rich history, how your library gets you free passes to Bay Area museums, and celebrate 100 years of "bringing people and ideas together." 1-3 p.m. Feb. 23. Storytime for Preschoolers: Stories, fingerplays, songs, and flannel boards for ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Storytime/Crafts: Each week you will share stories and make fun creations. All ages welcome; parent participation appreciated. 1-1:45 p.m. Saturdays. Children's Storytime: Stories, finger plays, songs, and flannel boards. Ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. n Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-8 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 80 Power Road. 925-427-8390.