All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All libraries are closed July 4 for the observance of Independence Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Mother Goose Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through July 31. For babies and toddlers, ages 0-3, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.
Pajama Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. through Aug. 6. Kids ages 5-11 can come in their pajamas and listen to a story and participate in a craft on the first, second and fourth Mondays of the month.
Lego Workshop We All Fall Down: 3:30-4:30 p.m. July 10. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, kids ages 5-11 will explore Lego bridge building techniques at the free workshop with Lego sculptor Charles Esseltine. Each model will be tested for strength.
Watercolor Workshop Winnie the Pooh Picnic: 2-3 p.m. July 17. Participants will hear Winnie's story and learn the art of watercolor from watercolorist Irina Sztukowski. Online registration by 5 p.m. July 16, is encouraged for the free workshop.
July Americana: 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 9. Summer entertainment for all ages when Spinning Wheel plays at the library. In
Ice Cream Workshop: 3-4 p.m. July 30. Kids and middle school students can learn the easy way to make ice cream. Participants should bring their appetites. Registration is required by 4 p.m. July 28 for the free workshop.
Martinez Library Book Club: 6:45 p.m. July 10. Adults will discuss two selections -- "Rumors of Peace" By Ella Leffland and "Farewell Summer" By Ray Bradbury.
Summer Reading Festival: Through Aug. 18. Reading records are available in community libraries and online at ccclib.org. Participants can pick one up and earn prizes for reading. The Reading Festival is for all ages, with programs for babies, kids, teens and adults.
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.
Peanuts ... Naturally: A Night of Snoopy and Science: 6:30-8 p.m. June 26. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to explore and learn about the environment by making their own recycled paper, designing and racing solar cars, planting a garden to take home, measuring their carbon footprint and more when the Charles Schulz Museum turns the library into a science center. There will be more than 15 nature-related interactive exhibits.
Hunger Games Party for Teens: 2-3:30 p.m. July 12. Teens ages 12-17 can join other Hunger Games fans for games, trivia, archery and crafts related to the book. Costumes are encouraged. There will also be a hunger drive or food drive at the event, with the library collecting nonperishable food donations that day to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is PHUN: 3:30-5 p.m. July 11. Now called the PHUN Team -- Pleasant Hill United Nerds Team invites teens ages 13-18 to meet other teens and the young adult librarian every second Wednesday of the month in Room A to share and plan what they want to see happen in the library.
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.
One-On-One Computer Tutor: 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. July 6. Adults can scheduled an appointment for a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session to learn the basics and set up an email account, print and save on the library computer, use Microsoft Word and search the Internet. Select tutors may also offer assistance on digital gadgets like laptops, smart phones, e-readers and cameras. (Keep in mind that tutors may not be completely familiar with all personal devices and library computers may not offer software compatibility).
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. July 6. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss Paul Auster's "Brooklyn Follies."
Pleasant Hill Library Book Club: 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room A. On July 17, the discussion will be on Susan Casey's "The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean."
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 through Oct. 9. 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 receive a 5 percent discount for choosing the library as their pickup location. Sign up at www.dorstepfarmers.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 library hours. In June, the acrylic paintings of Pete Miller 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.