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 May 21. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Pajama Party Storytime and Crafts: 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 29. Kids 3-7 (best for ages 4-6) can come in their jammies to listen to a story and make their own shadow puppets.

    Drop-In Arts & Crafts Mother's Day Fun: 1-3 p.m. May 4. Kids can make a gift for mom using paper flowers, skittle cups, celery print flowers, glitter and glue. Presenter is Eileen Peifer of the Parks and Recreation Department.

    Family Night Special: 6:30-7 p.m. May 13. Check back for details.

    Summertime Beading with Yolanda: 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 7. Teens and adults are invited to create jewelry with beading designs inspired by Yolanda. The class is free and all materials are provided. Registration is required and limited to the first 15 participants.

    Origami: Stressed Assembly Technique: 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 14. Attention Lego designers! Kids and middle schoolers (best for ages 7 and older) can learn stressed assembly techniques. Expert Charles Esseltine shows how it can be done.

    Martinez Library Volunteer Appreciation Week: Daily through April 27 (library closed April 25). Library patrons can sign volunteer appreciation cards which will be displayed in the lobby.

    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. May 1, 15, 29. 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. May 8. 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.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. May 3. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Likeness," by Tana French.

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