All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed May 26-27 for the observance of Memorial Day. 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.

    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.

    Food Science: 6:15-7:30 p.m. May 21. Middle schoolers and teens can make bottle rockets in the reading garden, construct edible DNA models and create glow-in-the-dark drink, plus more, in a Food Science workshop. Sign-ups are welcome, but not required.

    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.


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    Martinez Library Book Discussion Group: 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. On May 14, the discussion is on Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food ..." in which he shows how to recover a more balanced and pleasurable approach to food. He argues that balanced dietary lessons once passed down through generations had been confused by food marketers, nutritionists and journalists who all have something to gain.

    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.

    Magical Moonshine Puppet Theatre: 6:30-7:10 p.m. May 28. Kids are invited for the furry Puppylocks and the Three Bears, performed by the award-winning Magical Moonshine Theatre.

    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 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 to create fun programs and suggest new resources.

    Contra Costa Teen Chess Club: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Students 12-17 can get instruction and participate in friendly matches and tournaments. Participants who have them are encouraged to bring their own chess board and pieces.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On May 21, the discussion will be on Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers: The Story of Success."

    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.

    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.