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. Feb. 25. Kids -- best for ages 4-6 -- can come in their jammies for a story time followed by arts and crafts, and meet some unusual pets and visit the stars.

    The library is at 740 Court St., Martinez. Phone: 925-646-9900. 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. Feb. 20. There will be songs, rhymes, bounces, tickles and simple stories for tots up to age 3.


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    Storytime: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Fridays features songs, rhymes, bounces and simple stories. Best for ages 0-3, but all are welcome.

    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.

    Saturday Storytime: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, for babies, preschoolers and kids. There will be stories, songs and more.

    Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Saturdays. Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild at the weekly 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. Feb. 21. 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. March 13. 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.

    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. March 1. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier.

    Cascada de Flores: A Celebration of Song and Traditions of Mexico and Beyond: 6:30-7:20 p.m. Feb. 26. All ages can enjoy Cascada de Flores performing the classic music of Mexico and Cuba on a variety of guitars, including the Cuban tres, as well as dancing and telling stories of their musical traditions. The concert is made possible by Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Feb. 16, March 2, 16, 30. 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.

    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.

    Doorstep Farmers: 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Pick up a box of organic fruits and vegetables every week at the library by signing up with Doorstep Farmers, a Community Supported Agriculture service supporting local agriculture and sustainable healthy living. Sign up at www.doorstepfarmers.com, and write "Pleasant Hill Library" in the comment section. Call 925-349-4568.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: Each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In February, the acrylic paintings of Cathy Ward McNutt 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, Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.