All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Jan. 21, for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 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 Feb. 26. Best for ages 6 months to 3 years old, it features, bounces, tickles and rhymes, followed by a simple craft time for motor skills and creative expression.

    Pajama Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Best for kids ages 4-6 who can listen to the story of Art Dog, the amazing artist of Dogopolis, and create art of their own with watercolors, pastels, markers and more. Participants can come in their jammies, but should wear a smock for the special art story time.

    "Let us Water the Flowers: The Memoir of a Political Prisoner in Iran:" 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Dr. Jafar Yaghoobi recounts his personal experiences as a political prisoner in Iran, as well as testimonials of others sharing the ordeal when in 1988 the Islamic Republic of Iran began a systematic execution of political prisoners. Appropriate for middle and high school students and adults. The presentation is free, and books will be available for purchase.


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    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. Feb. 2. Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild at the monthly get-together. There will be new themes, tips and challenges, plus book tie-ins to take home.

    Apples to Apples for Teens: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Have fun and meet other teens while playing Apples to Apples, the game of hilarious comparisons. Experienced and novice players welcome. Several groups can be accommodated for a potential grand championship game. Small prizes go to winners.

    Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 24. Teens are invited meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Jan. 15, the discussion will be on "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "Great House," by Nicole Krauss.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16. Teens and adults can be a library volunteer. Participants will tour the library with the staff who will give them the details of volunteering.

    Volunteer Training for Adult Literacy Tutors: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 (all 14 hours required). Space is limited and registration is required by Jan. 17.

    One-On-One Computer Tutor: 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23. Adults can scheduled an appointment for a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session to learn the basics and set up an email account, print and save on the library computer, use Microsoft Word and search the Internet.

    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.