All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed March 31, for the observance of Easter. 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: 10:30-11:30 a.m. through April 16. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Tween Comix Book Club: 2:15-3 p.m. Tweens are invited to a graphic novel discussion. On March 13, 20, 27, discussions are on "Full Metal Alchemist," "Simpsorama," "Astro Boy," and "American Born Chinese." On April 10, 17, 24, the discussion is on "Persopolis," "Runaways," "Pride and Joy," and "Death: The High Cost of Living."

    St. Patrick's Day Crafts: 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 16. Children are invited to arts and crafts and make something green and something new. The program is in connection with Martinez Parks and Recreation.

    Lego Spring Story Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 12. Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild building Lego creations, and also listen to a story.


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    Celebrate Spring! 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 23. Kids can celebrate the first day of spring by using glitter at the library's new arts and crafts drop-in. The program is in conjunction with Martinez Parks and Recreation.

    Knit and Crochet Workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, March 11, 18; and Tuesdays, March 26, April 2, 9. Kids, teens and adults can register for the workshop sponsored by the Need Arts Association. Participants will work with blue ribbon winners to learn knitting and crochet. Materials are free to those under 18. Registration is free, but required.

    Martinez Library Adult Book Club: 6:45 p.m. March 12. Participants will celebrate Irish Heritage Month, discuss different Irish authors, vote on the next book club selection and enjoy a special St. Patrick's treat.

    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.

    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.

    Preschool Storytime: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Thursdays beginning March 7, 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.

    Treefrog Treks: 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 26. Kids ages 5-11 can check out some live reptiles and amphibians, like the rat snake and the bearded dragon.

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

    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 to create fun programs and suggest new resources. Participants can receive volunteer hours for their time.

    Internet 101: 1-2:30 p.m. March 5. Teens, adults and seniors can learn basic Internet searching using the library website, Google, Craisglist, web mail, etc.

    One-On-One Computer Tutor: noon-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 9. 16. Also 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27. Adults can schedule a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session to learn the basics.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: The works of different artists are displayed during regular library hours. In March, the exhibit features the watercolor paintings of Ruth McMillin.

    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; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.