All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. 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 Nov. 6. For babies and toddlers, ages 0-5, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.

    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.

    Model Rockets! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 during Family Night Stories and Special Events. There will be a model rocket story time with actual model rockets for viewing.

    "Two among the Righteous Few: A story of courage in the Holocaust" 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Adults and middle and high school students can hear Bay Area author Marty Brounstein tell the true story of a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

    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.


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  • 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, beginning Sept. 21. There will be songs, rhymes, bounces and simple stories to introduce children ages 0-3 to literacy.

    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.

    Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 6. Kids can meet other builders and get tips, themes and challenges every month, plus book tie-ins to take home.

    Rockets! 2-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Kids and teens and the whole family can make a simple rocket and launch it at the library. The air-compressed launcher is safe. Those who missed Night of 1,000 Inventions, or want to make a new rocket are welcome.

    Make Recycled Art for Library Fundraiser: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Teens can make art from recycled materials for sale at the Art, Jazz & Wine Fest on Oct. 6-7,to raise funds for teen programs at the library. There will be materials and instructors. The library is partnering with recycling coordinators from Allied Waste Management of Contra Costa and Solano.

    Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Oct. 11. 25. Teens are invited meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.

    Chess Instruction with a Certified Chess Coach: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 28. Young people interested in learning chess or improving their strategies may attend the free class led by an instructor at the Berkeley Chess School. The event is funded through Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington" by Jennet Conant.

    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.