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. Tuesdays through Nov. 19. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Origami Tuesdays: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Next session Oct. 8. Put a Halloween spin on the art of paper folding at the hands-on workshop with Charles Esseltine. Open to all levels -- beginner to advanced.

    Basic Beading Class with Yolanda: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Teens can create their own piece of jewelry. Seating is limited and registration is required by Oct. 7. All supplies are provided.

    Wii Wednesdays: 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 2. Middle school students and teens can join their friends for Wii games and snacks.

    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 19. Free. Teen and adults can drop in to work on current projects or restart a needle art hobby. Hands-on knit and crochet instructions from Marilyn.

    Author Talk with Austin Hill Shaw: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Austin Hill Shaw will sign copies of his new book, "The Shoreline of Wonder: On Being Creative," and talk about celebrating creativity across art, science and religion.


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    Tea with a Lawyer: 5 p.m. Sept. 24. Adults are invited to a classic tea party -- party attire optional -- for a talk about the risks and rewards of estate planning. Keynote speakers are Carey Rowan, the Martinez Public Law Librarian; and featured attorneys of Blackwell & Santaella Legal Services LLP. Register by 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

    Meditation: Experience Peace, Calm and Joy: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. For adults and teens, Dr. Marshall Zaslove -- who has given more than 1,000 workshops on meditation -- will teach participants how to leave stress behind and access inner calm. Recommended reading is "Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation" by Rajinder Singh.

    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.

    Craft With Recycled Materials: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 18. Kids and teens can make art from recycled materials. Supplies will be provided, but participants can bring their own recyclables.

    Bully Documentary and Discussion: 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Teens are invited to watch the documentary film "Bully," and discuss the issue and ways to prevent bullying.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Sept. 17, the discussion is on "In Defense of Food," by Michael Pollan.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "The Submission," by Amy Walden.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: The group exhibits works of different artists during regular library hours. In September, the watercolor paintings of Jane Walton are 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; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.