Libraries in East Contra Costa County are hosting a plethora of events to celebrate fall, Halloween, and, of course, reading.

Beading programs for kids and adults are available in Oakley and Brentwood. A workshop on understanding the new health care law will be held at Antioch, and the Brentwood Library's CityRead author event will close out the month. Take advantage of all of these free programs.

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS: Kids Beading Basics will be at the Oakley Library

on Oct. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Kids ages 7 to 17 are welcome to attend this new beginning beading class. All materials and tools will be provided for this project-based class. Registration is required. Register by phone, email or in person.

Kids Saturday Movies are offered at the Oakley Library on Oct. 12 from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

Get into the spooky Halloween spirit with a showing of "Hotel Transylvania."

Lego Spiders with Bricks4Kidz is offered at the Antioch Library on Oct. 16 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Come celebrate the spooky season with us by building some Lego spiders -- some even move! For those of you bringing along your younger brothers or sisters there will be Duplos for them to play with.

"Trick or Bead" for grades 2-5 will be at the Brentwood Library on Oct. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. Session A

or on Oct. 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. (Session B).

Let's make some hauntingly creative jewelry! Sign up online at ccclib.org/programs, or at the front desk. Held inside the Brentwood Library. Only one session per child, please (classes are the same.) Supplies provided by the Friends of the Brentwood Library.

There also will be a Halloween party at the Brentwood Community Center on Oct. 23 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Games, crafts, and prizes for your little pumpkins! Costumes are encouraged. Bring non-perishables for the Food Bank and help the library "Scare Away Hunger!"

In addition, there will be a Halloween Costume Ball at the Pittsburg Library on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

Show off your costume early! Come ready to dance and put your costume on parade. After the ball, there will be a quick spooky craft.

Halloween Howl La La Boo will be offered at the Oakley Library on Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come one, come all, to the annual Halloween event put on by the Oakley Library Youth Squad. Costumes encouraged!

ADULT PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY: The John Marsh Historic Trust will host a presentation at the Brentwood Community Center on Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Alexandra Ghiozzi from the John Marsh Historic Trust will talk about the Great Stone House, and give an update on the restoration project. This program is in conjunction with this year's CityRead program and will be held at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Brentwood Open Mic is at the Brentwood Community Center on Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Read your own work or share a special poem, short story, or excerpt (nothing insulting or abusive.) Limit submissions to five minutes. For further information or questions, email Brentwood Poet Laureate Kati Short at shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655. It is hosted by Short and Brentwood Writes (an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society) in partnership with the Brentwood Library.

BEADING WORKSHOPS: There will be a workshop on Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Library, and on Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oakley Library.

Local beading expert Donna Cooper will guide you through some easy beading projects every month. Come to learn more about beading, and to share your expertise. Registration is required at http://ccclib.org/programs or by phone. For ages 16 and up in Brentwood, or 18 and up in Oakley.

OBAMACARE: "Get Covered California: Understanding the Affordable Care Act" will be offered at the Antioch Library on Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Join the library for a presentation on Obamacare and Covered CA, the health care exchange marketplace. Staff will dispel some myths and do some hands-on work to help people understand what to do to enroll for health care insurance, which began Tuesday, when the marketplace opened. This meeting, sponsored by the NAACP, in cooperation with Organizing for Action, is open to the public.

CITYREAD: Brentwood CityRead will hold an Author Event at the Brentwood Community Center

on Oct. 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Dan Hanel, author of this year's CityRead title "In the Shadow of Diablo: Mystery of the Great Stone House," will speak at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., where his books will be available for purchase and signing.

More program information is available on the Library's website at http://ccclib.org/programs/.

Liz Fuller is a community library manager at the Brentwood library. Reach her at 925-625-3589, 925-516-5294 or at lfuller@ccclib.org.