All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. 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. Tuesday, April 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.

    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 17. 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. April 10. 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.

    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.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours. In April, the acrylic paintings of Pete Miller 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; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.