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Free Book Exchange. The Bay Area free book exchange features thousands of books to take home for free, and the opportunity to drop off books you no longer need. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Bay Area Free Book Exchange, 10520 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Free. 510-705-1200, bayareafreebookexchange.com.
Albany Library Storytime. Stories, crafts and songs for 3-5 year olds and their families. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Albany Library Game Day. Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble. Bring friends or come by yourself. Drop in. No registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts. 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, www.aclibrary.org.
Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Geoffrey Gallegos, Music Director and Conductor, conducts the Kensington Symphony Orchestra performing "Bicentennial Revolutionaries," featuring music of Verdi, Wagner and Brahms, featuring Lisa Houston in Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder." 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington. $15/12. 415-794-1269, www.kensingtonsymphonyorchestra.org.
World Affairs/Politics Group. Weekly meeting open to all folks 55 and older who want to discuss the week's events and what we want to do about any of them. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. $3 residents. $4 non-residents. 510-524-9122, www.albanyca.org.
Albany Library Knitting. Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations. No registration necessary. Yarn and needles provided for charity projects. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Halloween Storytime + Party. Kids between 3 and 7 years old can hear a story and stay for Halloween fun. Funded by the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 28. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, ccclib.org.
Kensington Library Book Club. The October book is "Because it is Bitter and Because it is My Heart" by Joyce Carol Oates. Meeting starts with a poem selected and read by a member, with a brief discussion following the reading. New members are always welcome. 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Stories and Song. Stories, songs, lullabies and more for young children and their families to cuddle to and get ready for bedtime. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20-25 minute long storytimes are packed full of lively stories, songs, and action rhymes for young children and their parents/caregivers. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.