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

  • Speed Dating at the Library: Cupid's coming to town. Share your interests and love of reading while optimistically searching for your next date. For singles in their 20s and 30s are invited. Participants bring a book they loved, hated or just recently read for an icebreaker. Each participant will be given a number as their identification upon sign in on the evening of the event. Each date will last just a few minutes before participants rotate to the next person. 3-5 p.m. Feb. 3. Registration required at ccclib.org.

  • LEGO Party, The Olympics are Here: We are back with another special project and fun blocks for the little ones. Make an Olympic-themed project. For ages 5-11. 3:-3:45 p.m. Feb. 5.

  • Infant/Toddler Storytime: Come join others for stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and movement activities. 10:30 a.m. Feb 13, 20, 27.

  • Novel Knitters and Crochet with Chris: Volunteers help knitters and do a combination of knitting and crocheting. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

  • Gerald's Magic: Magician Gerald Joseph will be here to amaze us with his extraordinary tricks. You won't want to miss the show or the announcement about the special program coming up in March. For ages 5-11. 3-4 p.m. Feb. 19.

  • Tell Your Story, The Magic of Memoir Writing: Have a fun and inspirational evening getting started on your story in this writing workshop with Claudia Miriam Reed. For ages 18 and older. 7-8 p.m. Feb. 27.

  • Hours: Noon-8 p.m. 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.

    Bay Point

  • Homework Help: Homework Help is available from 3- 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades K-12. Volunteers available to help you with homework and answer questions.

  • You're one in a "minion" Valentine's Craft: Make a cute one in a "minion" Valentine's craft for someone special. For ages 5-17. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

  • Bay Point's Teen Crew: Join the Bay Point's Teen Crew and help the library plan programs, make crafts, and have an awesome time. For ages 12-17. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Feb. 27.

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

    Brentwood

  • Pajama Storytime: A story time for children 5 and younger. Fuzzy slippers are encouraged. 7 p.m. Mondays Feb. 3, 10, 24.

  • Toddler Time: Children 21/2 to 31/2 and caregivers enjoy lively books and fingerplays. No registration required. 11:30-11:50 Tuesdays and Thursdays through February.

  • Picture Book Time: Children 3 1/2 to 5 hear stories. Children can attend alone or with caregiver. 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays through February.

  • Computers and Technology: Learn how to download free e-books from the Contra Costa County Library website onto your Nook. For adults and grades 9-12. 10-11 a.m. Feb. 10. Register at ccclib.org.

  • "I Heart Crafts": Do you love making stuff? You'll fall head over heels for our Valentine's creations. For ages 4-8. 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 12.

  • Read to a Dog!: Is your school-aged child learning to read or working on communication skills? Sign them up to read to a registered therapy dog at the desk or call 925-516-5290. 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 15.

  • Free e-books: Learn how to download free e-books from the Contra Costa County Library website onto your device. For adults and grades 9-12. 10-11 a.m. Feb. 24.

  • Winter Reading Program: Complete a reading log and receive prizes and a free book. Sponsored by Mountain Mike's Pizza, Rubio's and the Friends of the Brentwood Library.

  • Beading at the Library: Local beading expert Donna Cooper will guide you through some easy beading projects. Come to learn more about beading, and to share your expertise. For ages 16 and older. 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18.

  • 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

  • Bricks 4 Kidz: Make a fun creation with Legos. Bricks 4 Kidz provides all the parts from Duplo to motors and Legos to create vehicles and creatures. For ages 5-17. 1-2 p.m. Feb. 1.

  • Stitchin' Saturdays: Come crochet and/or knit with our "stitchers" or learn how to stitch from our knowledgeable volunteers. For ages 18 and older. 10 a.m.-noon second Saturday.

  • Kids Movie Saturday: Monthly showing of movies for children all ages. This month you will be watching Turbo. 3-5 p.m. Feb. 15.

  • Beading at the Library: Local beading experts will guide you through some easy beading projects. Come to learn more about beading and to share your expertise. For ages 16 and older. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, March 13, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 20, Oct. 15, Nov. 19. Register at www.ccclib.org.

  • Toddler/Infant Storytime: Come join others for stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and movement activities. 10:15 a.m. Wednesday through February.

  • Family Storytime: Come join us for books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement activities for the whole family. Have fun while working on our early literacy skills and kindergarten readiness. After storytime, stay for a fun craft activity. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through February.

  • 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. 925-625-2400.

    Pittsburg

  • Beading with Yolanda: Enjoy a new class just for teens and adults. Create jewelry with beading designs or make a Valentine gift for you or for someone special. All materials and supplies will be provided for free. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Register at http://ccclib.org/locations/pittsburg.

  • Valentine's Day Celebration: Make some special Valentine Day mailboxes and enjoy a tasty treat. For ages 5-11. 1-1:45 p.m. Feb. 8.

  • Immigration Workshop: A workshop to answer any questions you might have regarding immigration law. Families will see a lawyer on a first-come, first-served basis and have a free consultation. For adults 18 and older. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11.

  • Homework Club for Elementary Students: Homework help in the children's area for ages 5-11 with responsible teen volunteers. Drop by and bring your homework. 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays through February

  • Preschool Storytime: Stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards for ages 3-5. 10:30- 11 a.m. Wednesdays through February.

  • Storytime and Crafts: Explore ideas through stories and put your creativity skills to work with crafts. All ages welcome. Parent participation is appreciated. 1-1:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. Jan. 17, 24, 31.

  • Preschool Storytime: Stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards for ages 3-5. 10:30- 11 a.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26.

  • Storytime and Play Date: Enjoy bounces, songs, stories and more with your little one. After the storytime, you are welcome to stay and play with early literacy toys. There will be caregiver/child interaction, so large groups are not a good fit for this storytime. 11:13-11:45 a.m. Fridays through February.

  • Stories and Crafts: Explore ideas through stories and put your creativity skills to work with crafts. All ages welcome. Parent participation is greatly appreciated. 1-1:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 15, 22.

  • Inclusive Storytime and Sensory Art Experience: Children age 3 and up are welcome to enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Inclusive storytime is for all children, including those with disabilities. This is a safe and supportive environment where children with varying learning styles and abilities can learn together. The storytime will be followed with a sensory art experience. 6-6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

  • Family Law Workshop: Talk to an attorney about family law issues. Provided by the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service. No registration necessary. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 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.