All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed July 4 for the observance of Independence Day. 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. Tuesdays, through Aug. 13. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.
Lego Madness: 3:30-4:30 p.m. July 23. Kids can design their own creations with the library's Lego blocks.
Ice Cream Workshop: 1:30-2:30 p.m. July 8. Kids ages 5-11 will learn about the science of ice cream, then shake up a dessert. Participants should bring their favorite topping to share. Registration is required to ensure there are enough ingredients for all.
Summer Pajama Party: Reading Is Soooo Delicious! 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 29. Kids can come in their jammies to hear stories and make crafts. Participants will learn about Peter Rabbit's travels in Scotland, and his adventure with the giant radish. They will also discover the secret of bunny cakes. Treats will be served.
Sci-Fi Sundaes: 1-3 p.m. July 20. Teens and middle school students can build and eat ice cream sundaes while talking about their favorite science fiction or fantasy books with other teens and playing board games. Register by July 20.
Saturday Needle Art: 1-3:30 p.m. July 13, 27, Aug. 10, 24. Kids and adults can get hands-on knitting and crochet instruction from Marilyn Scovell. Participants can drop in anytime during the session to work on current projects, knit with friends or learn a hobby.
Knit and Crochet Classes: 6-7:30 p.m. July 8, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6, 12. Kids and teens can learn the about knitting and crochet and a six-week workshop sponsored by the Helping Hands Foundation and the National Needle Arts Association. Adults 18 and older are welcome, but supplied materials may be limited. Registration is required.
Author Dr. Ken Tye talks about Port Chicago: 3:30-4:30 p.m. July 26. Author Ken Tye discusses his book, "At the Point of the Bay," which looks at the Port Chicago area, beginning with the Chupcan Indians through the explosion in 1944 and subsequent closing and destruction of the town. There will be books for purchase and signing.
Reading Is So Delicious Summer Reading Program: Through Aug. 17. Reading records will be available in all branches or online at ccclib.org, and kids, teens and adults can pick one up and earn prizes for reading.
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, 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.
World Party -- A Multiethnic Extravaganza: 2-4 p.m. July 20. Kids, teens and all ages are invited to celebrate world cultures through dance, music, crafts, snacks and games. There will be activities from India, Mexico, Japan, Afghanistan and Spain.
Fur Scales & Tails: 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 30. Kids ages 5-11 can see and touch more than 17 different animals, including hamsters, snakes, lizards, tarantulas, chickens, hairless rats 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.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. July 10. Teens ages 13-18 can meet other teens and the young adult librarian every second Wednesday of the month to create fun programs and suggest new resources. Participants can receive volunteer hours for their time.
Teen Chess and Board Games: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Students 12-17 can get instruction and participate in friendly matches and tournaments. Participants can bring their own boards or games.
Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On July 16, the discussion is on "Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World," by Michael Lewis.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "San Miguel," by T.C. Boyle.
Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours.
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.