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.
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.
Pajama Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 25. At a pajama party, kids can discover the stories of Eric Carle, and meet a hungry caterpillar and watch it transform. A collage and crafts will follow the stories.
Tween Comix Book Club: 2:15-3 p.m. On March 20, 27, tweens are invited to a graphic novel discussion on "Simpsorama," "Astro Boy," and "American Born Chinese."
St. Patrick's Day Crafts: 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 16. Children are invited to liven up their St. Patrick's Day with arts and crafts by making something green and something new. The program is in connection with Martinez Parks and Recreation.
Celebrate Spring! 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 23. Kids can celebrate the first day of spring by using a little glitter and a little glue 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 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.
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.
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. There will be new themes, tips and challenges, plus book tie-ins to take home.
Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. March 20, April 3, 17. 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 March 19, the discussion will be on Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."
Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. March 16, 30, April 13, 27. 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.
One-On-One Computer Tutor: noon-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Also 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, March 20, 27. Adults can scheduled an appointment for a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session to learn the basics.
Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In March, the watercolor paintings of Ruth McMillin are 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; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.