All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.

  • At the Clayton Community Library, Story Time programs are free.

    Patty Cakes Storytime: 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 12. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver.

    Picture Book Time: 11 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 14, is for kids ages 3-5 who can attend without a caregiver.

    Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. (Call 925-673-0659 to confirm the program on a specific Wednesday). A book buddy reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.

    Puppet Workshop: 4-5 p.m. July 14. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to make a puppet, write a script and put on a show. Register in advance.

    Paws to Sing: 7-7:30 p.m. July 14. Kids ages 5-11 and their families are invited to sing along, move along and play along.

    Lindsay Wildlife Museum's "Paws and Claws": 4-4:40 p.m. July 17. Children ages 5-11 can meet animal ambassadors from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and learn how paws and claws are alike, yet different.

    Save the Frogs: 7-7:40 p.m. Aug. 6. Kids ages 5-11 can learn about frogs and efforts to keep them safe at a program for families to attend together.


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    Yarn Creatures: 4-5 p.m. July 16. Using a cup and some yarn, a creature will be created for teens' amusement by presenter Matthew.

    Cartooning and Doodling: 4-4:40 p.m. July 24. Kids in grades K-5 can come to the library and doodle and draw cartoon figures. Supplies are provided.

    Crafts and More! 4-4:40 p.m. July 31. Kids in grades K-5 can participate in a variety of activities at the library.

    Writer's Hour: 4-5 p.m. July 23. Teens have the opportunity to share their writing with others.

    Create a Sand Art Board (Dogs and Cats): 1 p.m. July 30. Teens are invited to make their own dog or cat sand art board. Presented by Judith Matthews. Register by July 22.

    Crazy Craft: 4-5 p.m. Aug. 6. Teens are invited to a crazy craft to paint a rabbit.

    Puppy/Beginning Obedience Demonstration and Q&A: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Adults and all ages are invited for Eileen Hanson's demonstration of beginning obedience techniques and dog-related information. Bring questions and curiosity, but not your dog. Hanson has trained dogs for more than 40 years and has shown and competed. She and husband Jim have operated Hanson Family Farms since 1978 (and on Marsh Creek since 1999) raising goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and horses. Register in advance.

    Clayton Library Book Club: 7-9 p.m. on the second Mondays is open to interested adults. Sunny Solomon leads the discussion July 14, on "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," by Carson McCullers.

    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.

  • At the Concord Library, Story Time programs are free.

    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, July 22-Aug. 27. It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs.

    Bilingual Storytime: 1:30-2 p.m. through July 28. Kids ages 0-5 can listen to stories and songs in English and Spanish.

    LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m. July 14. Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book. Registration is required, and space is limited.

    Movie Monday: 7-8:30 p.m. July 28. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated film.

    Wildlife Associates Wild Americas: 2:30-3:15 p.m. Aug. 4. Kids ages 5-11 can learn about the secret world of wildlife with ambassadors of the living wild. Registration is required by Aug. 3, and limited. Seating will not be guaranteed after the start of the program.

    College Essay Writing Workshop: 1:30-2:30 p.m. July 17. Brittney Griffin, a dual major in English and media studies at UC Berkeley, will help students in grades 9-12 highlight key elements that make a good personal essay required for all college applications.

    SAT/ACT Essay Workshop: 1:30-2:30 p.m. July 31. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to a presentation by Brittney Griffin, a dual major at UC Berkeley in English and media studies who to discuss strategies and expectations for the SAT/ACT essay.

    Free Tutoring: 5-7 p.m. Mondays and 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays through August. 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. July 23. 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. Aug. 13. 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.

    Handmade Happy Hour: noon-3 p.m. July 26. Afternoon for adults to learn fabric painting techniques with designer, craft teacher and author Lisa Fulmer. All materials supplied. The program is in partnership with the Concord Art Association.

    What You Need to Know about Immigration Law: 6-8 p.m. July 10. Residents can meet with an immigration attorney at not charge. The event is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

    Deeper into Meditation with Dr. Zaslove: 1 p.m. July 24. Adults can learn techniques of meditation, and useful directions for deepening and stabilizing meditation practices. Presented by board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Marshall Zaslove.

    What is Eastbay Works: An Informational Workshop on Your One-Stop Career Center: 1-2 p.m. July 30. Adults can learn about Eastbay Works free workshops to help them with career guidance, including computer skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques and more. There is also an assessment center for vocational interests and other skills.

    Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group.

    Free Computer Help: noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. 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. Aug. 3. 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. Mondays. 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.