All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Feb. 18, for the observance of Presidents 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.

    Leung's White Crane Lion Dancers: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. All ages are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with the White Crane Lion Dancers and their costumes and acrobatics. Participants can bring a little "lettuce" to feed the lion.

    100th Birthday Celebration: A Walk Down Memory Lane: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Adults are invited for history and entertainment celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Contra Costa Library. Andrea Blachman, director of the Martinez Museum, will give a presentation of the Martinez Library, founded in 1885, followed by refreshments and music by Joyful Noise.


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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.

    Wii Thursdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 21. Teens are invited meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.

    Chinese New Year Lion Dance! 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The White Crane Lion Dancers will bring their colorful and gymnastic display and drumming to the library in anticipation of Chinese New Year. All ages welcome.

    Valentine's Day Family Story Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Children are invited for songs and stories about Valentine's Day, and are welcome to come dressed in red or pink.

    Finding Related Connections: Who Are Your Ancestors and Who Are Your Cousins? 1-3 p.m. Jan. 26. June Ralston Anderson of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society will teach beginners (adults and seniors) genealogy research.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Feb. 19, the discussion will be on David Brook's "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement."

    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. Feb. 2, 16. Teens and adults can apply to be a library volunteer. Participants will tour the library with a trained staff member 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 and Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.