All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All libraries are closed May 27-28 for the observance of Memorial Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Cross-Stitch Embroidery Class: 6-7:30 p.m. May 29. Open for all who want to learn cross-stitch embroidery. Supplies provided free. Space is limited to sign-ups are required.
Peanuts: On The Go! 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 11. The Charles M. Schulz Museum will turn the library into a hands-on art and science museum with nature-related interactive exhibits for kids ages 5-11. At the free one-hour event, part of the library's Summer Reading Festival, participants will learn about the cartoonist and his characters.
Martinez Library Book Club: 6:45 p.m. June 12. Adults will discuss Joshua Braff's "The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green." According to the Literary Journal, "Jacob's unthinkable thoughts are typical of many adolescents, and some might even be considered unprintable. They are funny and poignant."
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 Story Time: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Thursdays features stories and songs for preschoolers and toddlers, ages 3-5.
Saturday Story Time: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, for babies, preschoolers and kids. There will be stories, songs and more.
The Lizard Lady: 6:30 p.m. May 29. The Lizard Lady will have reptiles, including iguanas, geckos, skinks, pythons and other snakes for kids ages 5-11 and others to learn about.
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.
Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. May 24. Teens are invited to play with the library's Wii system or play some board games in Room A.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is PHUN: 3:30-5 p.m. June 13. 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. 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. May 30, June 7. 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).
Reading Recommendations for Book Lovers: 6:30-8 p.m. June 5. Project Second Chance, the library's adult literacy program, will host Ron Shoop from Random House Publishers, who will present a Book Club Forum. He will share titles to generate lively discussions suitable for book clubs or chats. The event is free and there will be a free raffle for a bag of books. A local bookstore will be on hand to sell any of the titles and a percentage will be donated to Project Second Chance.
Pleasant Hill Library Book Club: 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room A. On June 12, the discussion will be on "Let the Great World Spin," by Colum McCann.
The library is at 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Phone: 925-646-6434. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.