All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and all day Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 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 Dec. 4 (no session Nov. 20). For babies and toddlers, ages 0-5, it features songs, bounces, tickles and simple stories.

    Pajama Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3. Children can wear their pajamas for a story and a craft. Best for ages 3-6; siblings are welcome.

    Gift Wrap Origami Style: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. All ages are invited to Charles Esseltine's hands-on workshop to learn how to to create origami gift wrapping. Participants can bring a special gift or two. Registration is required by 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Space is limited.

    Lego Thanksgiving: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Kids can build a Lego Thanksgiving.

    One Wacky Winter: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Randall Metz and the Puppet Company present a mystery about the Grunch -- the Grinch's long-lost brother -- and broken toys kidnapped from the toy workshop. For children to age 11.

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

    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.

    Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Kids can meet other builders and get tips, themes and challenges every month, plus book tie-ins to take home.

    Holiday Puppet Show: The Nutcracker: 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Children and all ages are invited to the Puppet Company's presentation of the seasonal favorite, featuring sugar plum fairies, mouse armies, mechanical toys, the Snow Queen, and a nutcracker who becomes a prince.

    Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 12. 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. Participants who have them are encouraged to bring their own chess board and pieces.

    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."

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," by Isabel Wilkerson.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 8, 22. Teens and adults can apply to be a library volunteer. Participants will tour the library with staff members who will give them the details of volunteering.

    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.