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.
Antioch Munchkin Monday Storytime: Join others for this special summer storytime series. Have fun with stories, stretches, songs and more geared for ages 3 and older; the whole family is welcome. Also a chance to earn summer reading prizes. 1:15 p.m. June 17, 24. Lego Party-Handmixer Style: Back by popular demand, Bricks 4 Kidz will be here with a project to fit in with our summer reading theme of "Reading is So Delicious." You will make a handmixer! After you are done with the project, work on other creations. Little will build with Duplos. 3 p.m. June 19. Meditation as Medication for the Soul: Dr. Marshall Zaslove will clarify the many benefits of accurate meditation and will give every participant a personal, instructed demonstration of meditation. Free. 6 p.m. June 24. 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.
Bay Point Martial Arts Demonstration: Students from Mt. Diablo Hwa Rang Kwan studio will be offering an exciting demonstration of the fine martial arts. A question-and-answer session will follow. 4 p.m. June 18. Healthy Cooking: Families will learn how to cook quick "child friendly" and healthy meals using fresh vegetables and fruits. 4 p.m. June 25. Preschool Storytime: Read books, sing songs, learn rhymes, dance, play, more. 4 p.m. June 20, 27. Stay and Play: Preschoolers have fun playing with toys, puzzles and doing crafts after storytime. 4:30 p.m. June 20, 27. 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 The Itty Bitty Variety Show: Caterpillar Puppets presents a whirlwind retelling of a famous fairy tale. Pick up a reading log and read your way to prizes with the 2013 "Reading is So Delicious!" Summer Reading Festival. 4 p.m. June 19. Delicious Crafts for Teens: Decorate a lunchbox and make other mouth watering creative projects to celebrate the Reading is So Delicious! Summer Reading Festival. 4 p.m. June 26. Register at ccclib.org. Zombies, Run!: What you don't know can eat you! Matt Mogk, creator of the Zombie Research Society and contributor for "The Talking Dead," teaches you everything you need to know to make it through the apocalypse. 7 p.m. June 27. Register at ccclib.org. Pajama Storytime: A story time for children 5 and younger. Fuzzy slippers are encouraged. 7 p.m. Mondays. Picture Book Time: A story time for children 31/2-5. Stories, rhymes, fun. 1:30 Tuesdays. 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 Read to a Dog: Kids 6-13 make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from H.A.L.O. Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up for a 10-15 minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. 10:30-11:45 a.m. June 15. Teen Movie Afternoon: Teens are invited to bring a friend with them to enjoy watching "Oz the Great and Powerful." Pizza and ice cream will be served. 3 p.m. June 15. Mystery Book Club: Join other readers for some best selling mysteries and lively discussion. Drop in any time; all are welcome. 7 p.m. June 18. Adult Beading Program: Local beading experts Donna Cooper and Angela Difilippi will teach you how to create simple projects with beads. Register at ccclib.org. 6 p.m. June 19. Fairy Tale Tea Party: Boys and girls ages 3 and older are formally invited to attend a Fairy Tale Tea Party with games, craft projects, tea and treats. 3 p.m. June 22. 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 Storytime for Preschoolers: Stories, fingerplays, songs, and flannel boards for ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Storytime and Crafts: Explore ideas through stories and put your creativity skills to work with crafts. All ages welcome. Parent participation is appreciated. 1 p.m. Fridays. 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.