All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Nov. 11-12 for the observance of Veterans Day, and will close at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and all day Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.

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

    Mother Goose Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 4 (no session Nov. 20). For babies and toddlers, ages 0-5, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.

    Pajama Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3. Children can wear their pajamas for a story and a craft. Best for ages 3-6; siblings are welcome.

    Origami with Master Charles: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Kids and teens can learn how to sculpt with paper from origami expert Charles Esseltine at this monthly workshop.

    Lego Thanksgiving: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Kids can build a Lego Thanksgiving.

    Martinez Library Book Discussion Group: 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Registration is required online or by calling the library. New members are welcome. On Nov. 13, the discussion is on Toni Morrison's "Home," the story of one man's desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war. Copies are available at the library for pickup. There will be a special Georgia treat served during the discussion.

    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.

  • At the Pleasant Hill Library, Story Time programs are free.

    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.

    Magic Show: Timothy James: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Kids and families are invited to witness the tricks of award-winning magician Timothy James.

    Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Kids can meet other builders and get tips, themes and challenges every month, plus book tie-ins to take home.

    Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 20. 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. Nov. 14. 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.

    West African Musical Performance: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. A performance by Master Benjamin Ofori, founder of Bodac, a traditional African drumming, song, dancing and performing arts group that originated in West Africa.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Nov. 20, the discussion will be on Tea Obreht's "The Tiger's Wife: A Novel."

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Nov. 10, 24. 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.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In November, June Vega's acrylic and mixed media works 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.