All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Dec. 23-25, for the Christmas holiday and by 5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Martinez Library Book Discussion Group: 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. On Jan. 8, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the discussion will be on "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.," edited by Clayborne Carson, professor of history at Stanford University, who noted, " ... here at last is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unforgettable chronicle of his life and times. Years in the making, and woven together from thousands of recordings and documents, including letters to his family and diary entries, this book is an unprecedented literary event ... that gives us a poignant new picture of Martin Luther King, Jr."
The library is at 740 Court St., Martinez. Phone: 925-646-2898. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays; noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and Thursdays.
Mother Goose Time: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and also 1:15-1:45 p.m. Fridays. There will be songs, rhymes, bounces, tickles and simple stories for tots up to age 3.
Preschool Storytime: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Thursdays features stories and songs for preschoolers and toddlers, ages 3-5.
Saturday Storytime: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, for babies, preschoolers and kids. There will be stories, songs and more.
Afternoon Storytime: 1:15-1:45 p.m. Fridays. There will be songs, rhymes, bounces and simple stories to introduce children ages 0-3 to literacy.
Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Jan. 5. Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild at the monthly get-together. There will be new themes, tips and challenges, plus book tie-ins to take home.
Apples to Apples for Teens: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Have fun and meet other teens while playing Apples to Apples, the game of hilarious comparisons. Experienced and novice players welcome. Several groups can be accommodated for a potential grand championship game. Small prizes go to winners.
Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Jan. 10. Teens are invited meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 9. Teens ages 13-18 can meet other teens and the young adult librarian every second Wednesday of the month in Room A to create fun programs and suggest new resources. Participants can receive volunteer hours for their time.
Contra Costa Teen Chess Club: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Students 12-17 can get instruction and participate in friendly matches and tournaments. Games are in the Baldwin Room and participants who have them are encouraged to bring their own chess board and pieces.
Chinese New Year Lion Dance! 1 p.m. Jan. 29. The White Crane Lion Dancers will bring their colorful and gymnastic display and drumming to the library in anticipation of Chinese New Year. All ages welcome.
Finding Related Connections: Who Are Your Ancestors and Who Are Your Cousins? 1-3 p.m. Jan. 26. June Ralston Anderson of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society will teach beginners (adults and seniors) genealogy research.
Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Jan. 15, the discussion will be on "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Buddha in the Attic," by Julie Otsuka.
Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Dec. 22, Jan. 5. Teens and adults can apply to be a library volunteer. Participants will tour the library with a trained staff members who will give them the details of volunteering.
English Conversation Practice for Adults: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults can practice speaking and listening to English in a casual group run by the library staff and volunteers.
Doorstep Farmers: 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Pick up a box of organic fruits and vegetables every week at the library by signing up with Doorstep Farmers, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) service supporting local agriculture and sustainable healthy living. All participants have the choice of a 5 percent discount or donating 5 percent to the Pleasant Hill Library. Sign up at www.doorstepfarmers.com, and write "Pleasant Hill Library" in the comment section. Call Doorstep Farmers directly at 925-349-4568.
Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In December, Marilyn Lam and Linda Hanford's watercolor acrylic and oil paintings will be on display.
The library is at 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Phone: 925-646-6434. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.