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, Sept. 4-Nov. 6. For babies and toddlers, ages 0-5, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.
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.
Family Night Stories and Special Events: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 5 (no session Oct. 15). Kids can come in their pajamas to listen to a story and enjoy a special event. On Sept. 24, there will be a presentation by a model rocket enthusiast and an actual model rockets to view.
Fall Crochet & Knitting Workshop: 5:15-6:15 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 17-Oct. 22. Kids and teens can explore both crafts with the help of experts in the six-week workshop sponsored by the American Needlework Association. Materials are free for those 18 and younger. Adults may attend, but must provide their own supplies. Online registration is required and ends at 11 p.m. Sept. 15.
Contra Costa County Master Gardeners: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Adults are invited to hear the Master Gardener Teressa Lippert discuss "What Went Wrong in Your Vegetable Garden and How to Fix It" and how to prevent problems in winter gardens.
Martinez Library Book Club: 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. On Sept. 18, the discussion will be on the summer reading selections, including "Outlander," by Diana Gabaldon, "Rumors of Peace," 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 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.
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.
Puppet Show: Tales of the Enchanted Forest: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Nick Barone and his original puppets will present a magical performance with animals, pixies and a talking tree, complete with songs.
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. through Aug. 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.
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."
Volunteer Training for Adult Literacy Tutors: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15, 22. Adults can learn how to be an adult literacy tutor. Registration is required and ends Sept. 7.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss Maria Doria Russells's "A Thread of Grace."
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.