All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed April 20, for the observance of Easter. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Patty Cakes Storytime: 11 a.m. Tuesdays. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. The next session is March 25-May 13.
Picture Book Time: 11 a.m. Thursdays, is for kids ages 3-5 who can attend without a caregiver. The next session is March 27-May 8.
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.
Paws to Read: 4 or 4:35 p.m. March 25. Children in grades 1-5 can read aloud to a dog. Registration by a parent is required. The program is to encourage children who need it to read. It is not to teach dog safety or overcome the fear of dogs. Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Call 925-673-0659.
Earth Day Celebration: 4-5 p.m. April 17. Children from preschool to grade 5 are invited to Earth Day with crafts and fun.
Practice ACT/SAT Test: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 17. Students in grades 9-12 can take the practice ACT/SAT test. Register by 5:30 p.m. April 14.
Earth Day Celebration: 4-5 p.m. April 17. Kids can celebrate Earth Day with crafts.
Teen Advisory Group: 7-8 p.m. April 6. Teens are invited. Call 925-673-0659.
Play Away Please: Author Talk with John Peter Hagen: 7-8 p.m. March 26. John Peter Hagen will share his love of golf and his book about the most important course in the world -- St. Andrews Old Course.
"Daughter Cell" Author Talk: 7-8 p.m. April 16. Adults are invited to an author talk and reading with Jay Hartlove about the second Sanantha Mauwad mystery, "Daughter Cell," in which a genetic researcher wakes up with a memory gap set against a backdrop of ancient cults colliding with cutting-edge science.
Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the discussion.
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. Wednesday, March 12. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs. The next session is April 2-May 7.
Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. Mondays through March 31. Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.
LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. March 24. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Cherry Blossom Craft: 7-8 p.m. April 7. Kids can celebrate spring by making a cherry blossom painting. Paint will be used, so dress accordingly.
Movie Monday: 7-8:30 p.m. March 31. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.
Free Mock SAT/ACT Test: 1-5 p.m. March 23. Teens can practice the exam under test-like conditions, managed by library assistant Christina Gendron in partnership with a Kaplan test-prep representative. Participants will be contacted about their scores and offered some score-raising tips. Register at the library by March 20.
Free Tutoring: 5-7 p.m. Mondays; and 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Responsible teen volunteers will tutor all subjects and all ages. Contact Christina Gendron at 925-646-5455 with questions or to become a tutor.
Insiders: 1-2 p.m. March 26. Adults with disabilities can enjoy a laid-back setting in the library for enrichment and fun. Events differ each month and vary from arts and crafts, enjoying music and dance, and playing games on the Wii.
All Ears Reading: 1-2 p.m. April 9. Adults with disabilities can enjoy the unconditional love of dogs and practice reading to furry friends. Dogs and their handlers are supplied courtesy of a partnership between the library and Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation.
What You Need to Know about Immigration Law: 6-8 p.m. April 3. Adults can meet for free with an immigration attorney. Presented by the Contra Costa County Bar Association.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On April 13, the discussion will be on "Death Takes up a Collection," by Carol Ann O'Marie.
Spanish Book Club: 3-4 p.m. March 27. Adults can join the club led by Luisa Carnathan and read and discuss books in Spanish. .
Free Computer Help: noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 12. 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 other programs.
Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m. April 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.
Free Income Tax Assistance: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 14. AARP volunteers will provide tax assistance to low- and middle-income residents. Call the library to make an appointment. Priority is given to senior citizens.
ESL Conversation Group: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Adults can practice their English conversation skills in an informal, friendly and small-group setting.
The library is at 2900 Salvio St., Concord. Phone: 925-646-5455. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.