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.

    Spring Tea Party: 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 8. Children, dressed in their best, are invited to celebrate spring with a tea party provided by Martinez Parks and Recreation. There will be tea, a special dessert, and participants will drink from china cups. Reservations are required -- spaces fill up quickly.

    Tween Comix Book Club: 2:15-3 p.m. On April 10, 17, 24, the discussion is on "Persopolis," "Runaways," "Pride and Joy," and "Death: The High Cost of Living."

    Knit and Crochet Workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 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 Volunteer Appreciation Week: All day April 22-27 (library closed April 25). Library patrons can sign volunteer appreciation cards which will be displayed in the lobby.

    Martinez Library Adult Book Club: 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. On April 9, the discussion is on "The Light of Evening," by Edna O'Brien.


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    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, 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.

    Astroblast! 6:30-8 p.m. April 30. The Chabot Space and Science Center brings the whole universe to the library. Kids can find out what it's like to be an astronaut, visit the Star Lab and look at the sky with the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society.

    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. April 3, 17. Teens are invited to meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.

    Reading Recommendations for Book Lovers: 6:30-8 p.m. April 9. Adults can get recommendations from Ron Shoop, a representative from Random House. He will share different titles suitable for book clubs or chats among friends. There will be a free raffle for a bag of books. A local bookstore will be on hand to sell any of the titles participants are interested in, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting Project Second Chance, the library's adult literacy program.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On April 16, the discussion will be on Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. April 5. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. March 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.

    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.