All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Nov. 11, for the observance of Veterans Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Patty Cakes Story Time: 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26. For babies and tots up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver, the program features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy.
Picture Book Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 21. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver.
Autumn Craft and Stories: 11-11:30 a.m. Nov. 21. Kids ages 3-7 can listen to stories and make an easy craft for the season. Register in advance.
Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays (Call 925-673-0659 to confirm the program on a specific Wednesday). A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.
Story in a Box Craft -- a Clayton Reads Program: 4-4:40 p.m. Nov. 7. Kids ages 5-9 can create a three-dimentional "story in a box" using art supplies, paper and their imagination. Registration required.
Is There Life Out There? 1-3 p.m. Nov. 20. A special program for home-schoolers ages 12-18 and their families to lunch and talk with NASA scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Margaret Race. She will have a presentation on searching for life in the universe. There will be pizza. Register by Nov. 12.
One Woman Two Countries: A Talk with Author Evangelina Lisi: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Evangelina Lisi, linguist emeritus of UC Berkeley, discusses her collection of autobiographical vignettes her life growing up in Italy and then studying at Cal. She spends her retirement between Walnut Creek and Lake Trasimeno, Italy. Register by Oct. 15.
Clayton Reads: Through Nov. 7. The sixth annual Clayton Reads is part of the "One City, One Book" program to encourage the entire community to focus on the same book, and join discussions and presentations. This year's title is "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury.
Fireside Stories: Not Just For Kids -- a Clayton Reads Program: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 30. Teen and adults are invited to join Marian Ferrante in an old-fashioned campfire storytelling.
Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion -- a Clayton Reads Program: 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Teen and adults are invited to share their thoughts about the book.
Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. On Oct. 14, Sunny Solomon leads the discussion on "Ragtime," by E.L. Doctorow.
The library is at 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton. Call 925-673-0659. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Baby & Toddler Story Time: 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11:15-11:35 a.m. Tuesdays. It is for children ages 0-3½ attending with a caregiver and features short picture books, songs and bounces.
Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 13. It is for children 3-5 and features stories and songs.
Bilingual Story Time: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 21-Dec. 2 (no session Nov. 11). Children ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Space is limited and registration is required the day before the program.
Toddler Tumble Time: noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 24. Kids ages 1-3 1/2 and their parents can participate with early literacy toys. Registration is required, and is underway. Limited to the first 25 kids.
Wiggle & Giggle with Liz Mac! 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 14. Kids ages 6-8 (younger kids welcome) can have fun and move around to some music.
(Not So) Spooky Stories & Craft: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Kids can get into the Halloween spirit with stories and a craft.
Teens -- Get Your Dream!: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 19. Teens 12-18 are invited to participate in a networking program with professionals working in "dream jobs." Teens can talk to professionals in the music industry, restaurant owners, UFC gym trainers, fashion
Keeping your Financial Boat Afloat During a Career Change: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12. Anyone facing the possibility of a career change or job loss is invited to a financial education workshop conducted by Bill Pollak, an independent financial adviser. He will provide information on keeping short- and long-term finances on track during a transition. Topics include identifying new income sources, balancing cash flow, employer-sponsored retirement plans and more.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. The Oct. 13 discussion is on "A Finer End," by Deborah Crombie.
Tech Check Up: 2-4 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Adults and seniors can get assistance on a drop-in basis on how to use computers, and can get help setting up e-readers, smart phones, tablets and using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. Oct. 6. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. Drop in anytime to knit, crochet and network. Free knitting and crocheting instruction. Some practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles.
ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in a small-group setting.
Computer Tutoring: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Fridays; and 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Saturdays. Adults can get one-on-one help with basic computer instruction -- setting up an email account, searching the Internet, formatting a Word document and beginning Excel skills.
The library is at 2900 Salvio St., Concord. Phone: 925-646-5455. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays.