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-Crochet with Chris: Create a simple slant shawl with a knitting diagonally technique. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

  • Child Safety Kits/Fingerprinting: Farmer's Insurance agent Dan Mullins provides your child's fingerprints and photos to keep on hand. Children listen to stories and color while they wait their turn. All ages welcome. 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

  • Internet Safety for Seniors: Samantha Sepehr from Elder Law Center of Walnut Creek, discusses basic Internet safety and how to protect your identity. 1 p.m. Set. 20.

  • 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

  • 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.


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  • Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 205 Pacifica Ave. 925-458-9597.

    Brentwood

  • "Hoover's Family"- Rescue Dogs in the Library: Local author Mearl Santos reads her book, "Hoover's Family," told from the perspective of her rescue Basset Hound. Hoover himself will participate in the program, and rescue organization HALO will bring a dog as well. For youths ages 5-11. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 15.

  • 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: Youths ages 6-13 can improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up at the information desk for a 10-15 minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Sept. 15.

  • Beading Workshop for Adults: Local beading experts Leeann Lorono and Donna Cooper will teach you how to create simple projects with beads. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19. ccclib.org/programs.

  • Captain Jack Spareribs: All ye scallywags sail on over for a juggling and magic show. Join some pirate fun with Capt. Jack Spareribs. See you there buccaneers. Argh! 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

  • 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.

  • Stories and Crafts: Children all ages share stories and create fun crafts. Parent participation is appreciated. 11:15 a.m. Saturdays ongoing.

  • Attorney Counseling Evenings-Family Law: A volunteer attorneys will meet with you for a 15-20 minute discussion regarding family law legal issues. First-come, first-served. Sponsored by the Contra Costa Bar Association. Register at the circulation desk upon arrival. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27.

    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.