All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed Sept. 2-3 for the Labor Day holiday. 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 Aug. 14. For babies and toddlers, ages 0-3, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.
Pajama Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. 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 Story Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild building Lego creations.
Zoomobile and Giants Tickets @ Martinez Library! 2-3 p.m. Aug. 13. Kids ages 5-11 can meet and greet the animals from the Oakland Zoo's Zoomobile for the end-of-summer party and the wind up of the Summer Reading Festival. There will be a drawing for four San Francisco Giants tickets at the end of the show.
WII Wednesday: 2:30-3:20 p.m. Aug. 8. Kids ages 5-17 can play Wii games at the library.
Watercolor Workshop Wizard of Oz: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 7. Kids ages 5-11 can create a still life from "The Wizard of Oz." Participants will hear the
August Origami: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to learn about the ancient craft of origami at a free workshop by Charles Esseltine.
Flutopia Summer Concert: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. All ages are invited to Tracy Darden and Friends' "Flutopia of Flutes" free performance.
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.
Martinez Library Book Club: 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. However, the club will not meet in August. On Sept. 11, the discussion will be on "Outlander," by Diana Gabaldon. Recommended summer reading includes "Rumors," by Ella Leffland and "The Rhetoric of Death," by Judith Rock.
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.
Moonlight Movie: "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial": 8:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 3. The library partners with Pleasant Hill Recreation and invites all ages to watch a movie on the City Hall lawn, 100 Gregory Lane. Those attending can bring chairs, blankets or towels.
Night of A Thousand Inventions: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 14. All ages are invited to explore inventions -- robots, rockets, smart cars, solar insects and more -- and then make their own and take it home. The event comes straight from the ideas that kids submitted to the Idea Box. Visit ccc.lib.org/ideabox.
Dinos Rock! 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Families can see a display of dinosaur bones and other fossils as much as 500 million years old, and kids can see and touch a T-Rex head and an eight-foot tall mammoth leg. There will also be dino eggs, dino tracks and more.
Sunprints for Teens: 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Students ages 12-17 can create their own unique images by exposing objects on top of photosensitive paper in the sun. Participants will learn the process, and just need to bring some objects with fun shapes to make the photographic prints. The Lawrence Hall of Science Sunprints Kit will be used.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is PHUN: 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 8. 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.
Annual Book Give-Away: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16-31 (closed Sundays). The Contra Costa County Library is giving away used books that have been removed from the library collection. Books are located at the shipping and receiving parking lot, 75 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill. Bring your own boxes or bags.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Adults can read with others at the library.
Pleasant Hill Library Book Club: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Aug. 21, the discussion will be on Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
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.
Battery Recycling: Recycle dead batteries in the collection bins at the library's Green Zone.
Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In August, the scratch board paintings of Walter Crew 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.