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.

  • Walnut Creek Downtown Library -- One-On-One Computer Training, sessions throughout October. Peek-A-Book Time, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, for toddlers and babies. Cuddle Club, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, for babies. Teen Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Toddler Time, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31. Picture Book Time, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, for ages 3-5. ARF's All Ears Reading, 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, for kids. Children's Author Showcase: Diane Lang, 4 p.m. Oct. 9, for kids. Book Discussion, author Meghan Sayres, 6 p.m. Oct. 9, for all ages. Local Author Showcase, Duke Robinson, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, for adults. Book Characters For President, 4 p.m. Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, for kids. The William S. Paley Collection, "A Taste For Modernism," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, for adults. Pajama Math: Monster Math, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, for preschoolers through age 11. Proposal Writing Basics, 4 p.m. Oct. 18, for adults. Coffee and Conversation with a Grantmaker, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, for adults. A Halloween Trick, A Treat and A Costume Parade, 4 p.m. Oct. 23, for kids. ARF's Drop-In All Ears Reading, 4 p.m. Oct. 25, for kids 5-11. Local Author Showcase, Elaine Starkman, 6 p.m. Oct. 25, for adults. Teen Movie, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, ages 12-17.

  • Ygnacio Valley Library -- Lapsit Storytime (6-24 months), 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Toddler Time (2 to 3 1/2 years), 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5), 10:15 a.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31. Mock Election Candidates' Night, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, for elementary school, preschool kids. All Ears Reading, grades 1-6, 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Bamwow! Gaming Day, 2 p.m. Oct. 10, for ages 5-11 and middle school. Ygnacio Valley Book Group, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, for adults. Mel & IYA Writer's Workshop, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12, for adults. Bamwow Book Club, "Flipped," 2 p.m. Oct. 17, for ages 5-11 and middle school. Reading Buddies Book Club, Grades 1-3, "A Boy in the Doghouse," 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library Booksale, 6 p.m. Oct. 19 (members only); book sale, 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Bamwow Movie, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, for ages 12-17. Halloween Party, 4 p.m. Oct. 29, for preschoolers through fifth-graders. Bamwow Halloween Special Activities, 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Kids 5-11, middle school. Bamwow! Activity Day, 2 p.m. Oct. 3, for ges 5 through middle school.

    The library is located at 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Phone: 925-938-1481.

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  • Books for the Homebound -- A free service for people of all ages who are unable to leave their homes, who live in an institution or senior housing facility or who otherwise cannot personally check out library materials. Through the program, a library volunteer selects and delivers library materials. Recipients must live within the county library service area and have a county library card or complete a library application form. For more information, call 925-927-3211.