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 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 through Nov. 5 (no session Oct. 15). Kids can come in their pajamas to listen to a story and enjoy a special event.

    Lights Out Halloween! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Preschoolers and kids can dress in costume, bring a light stick, listen to scary stories and prepare one to tell around the bubbling cauldron of witches brew. There will be games and crafts and spooky fun for the whole family.

    Halloween Origami: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Kids up to grade 8 can fold up some tricks and treats with origami artist Charles Esseltine. Best for upper elementary or middle school students, but younger children welcome with a caregiver.


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    Pumpkin Painting: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 31. Kids and teens can have some fun painting a jack-o'-lantern.

    Harvest Special: Corvid Connections: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Kids of all ages can meet members of the corvid family of crows, ravens and owls. Corvid Connections cares for injured birds, some of whom will be visiting during the presentation.

    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.

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

    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.

    Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 8. 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.

    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.

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

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "Bird Cloud: A Memoir" by Annie Proulx.

    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. Oct. 27, 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.

    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.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In October, the acrylic, watercolor and mixed media works of Kerima Swain 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.