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 Novel Knitters and Crochect with Chris: Learn how to knit a heart patch afghan using the advance intarsia knitting technique. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Zombie Neurology: Teens can join Dr. Bradley Voytek for a look inside the science and the brains of zombies. 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20. http://darb.ketyov.com/professional. Mystery Book Club: Adults enjoy a lively book discussion. New members welcome. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 27. Author Talk: Join local author and Deer Valley High School teacher for a look at his novel, "The Boy Who Skipped." For ages 12-17. 3 p.m. Aug. 23. Hours: Noon-8 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 Crafts and more crafts: Children ages 5-11 enjoy summer crafts Thursdays ongoing from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Distance Learning: Learn English and citizenship preparation at home. Check out video or DVD and receive a free workbook for study. Sponsored by Mt. Diablo Adult Education. For information, call the library. Ongoing. Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 205 Pacifica Ave. 925-458-9597.
Brentwood Teen Advisory Board: Join other teens to help out with library programs and earn volunteer hours. For grades 8-12. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22. 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 Steve Chaney and Corny Crow: Join ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his puppets Corny Crow and Mr. Sock for a comical show full of audience participation. Songs, magic and jokes. 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Oakley Library Mystery Book Club: Read and discuss mystery novels. The group is discussing "Snakeskin Shamisen" by Naomi Hirahara. New members welcome. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 21. Summer Family Storytime: The whole family is invited to come and have fun listening to books, singing songs and making crafts. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays ongoing. 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 Family Law Workshop: An attorney will meet with you individually to discuss your family law questions in a private 20-minute session. First-come, first-served. Free. Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23. 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.