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 Mad Science of Mt. Diablo-Crazy Chemistry: The Mad Scientist uses an array of chemicals to make color changes and melt a head. Watch as the Mad Scientist creates an extra hand, to help with some of the more complicated experiments, including making a science genie come out of his bottle. For grades K-5. 3 p.m. Oct. 3. Book Sale: Gently used books, videos and audio books for $1 or less. Help fund library programs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5; noon- 5 p.m. Oct. 6; noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8. 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 Immigration Workshop: An attorney will answer any questions you might have regarding immigration law. First-come, first-served basis. Free. Adults only. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Homework Help: Help with homework is available for children grades K-12. 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. English at Home-Citizenship Preparation: Check out a video or DVD and receive a free workbook. Watch and complete the lessons at home and then meet with a teacher to review your work and answer your questions. Register at the class. A $10 deposit required at registration. Cash only. 5-6 p.m. 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 1906 Earthquake: Professor Mitchell Craig from Cal State University East Bay discusses the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, including how it happened, and if it could happen again. Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. 7-8 p.m. Oct. 16. Best suited for adults and junior and senior high school students. Halloween Party: Ghosts and goblins, put on your costumes and fly down to this spine-tingling event. Play games, make crafts, and nibble on snacks at this free family-friendly event. Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. No registration required. 4-4:45 p.m. Oct. 17. 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.
Stitchin' Saturdays: Crochet or knit with other stitchers. Those new to stitching can get help form knowledgeable volunteers. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 13. 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 Bilingual Storytime: Stories in English and Spanish along with songs and finger plays. All ages welcome. 6:30 Tuesdays ongoing. Storytime for Preschoolers: Children ages 3-5 participate in stories, finger plays, songs and flannel board activities. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays ongoing.
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.