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 craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Origami Tuesdays: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Next session is 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.

    Books, Bones, and Giggly Gravestones: 3:45-4:45 p.m. Oct. 22. Kids can listen to scary stories, enjoy crafts and have their faces painted for nighttime fright.

    Blacklight Puppet Show Spooktacular: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Kids can watch Winnie the Witch try to save Halloween from the evil wizard plotting to make candy taste like Brussels sprouts. Winnie will dodge dancing ghosts, silly skeletons and more. Presented by the Puppet Art Theater Company.

    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. Oct. 5, 19. Free. Teens and adults can drop in to work on current projects or restart a needle art hobby. Hands-on knit and crochet instructions from Marilyn.

    Halloween Makeup Workshop: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Middle schoolers and teens can perfect their scary (or not-so-scary) look by practicing makeup techniques involving fake blood, extra teeth, scars, bruises, and ghastly or fantasy looks.

    Knitting and Crochet Six-Week Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 26, Dec. 3, 10. Children and teens can learn knitting and crochet at the workshop sponsored by the Helping Hands Foundation and the National Needle Arts Association. Materials are free. Adults are welcome to attend, but need to provide their own materials. Registration is required.

    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.

    Monday Martinez Memories: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Adults and teens are invited to a historical Martinez film presented in cooperation with the Martinez Historical Society. Light refreshments are served. The Sept. 30 topic is on the Christian Brothers.

    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.

    Night of 1,000 Inventions: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24. All ages are invited to see robots, mind-controlled machines, 3-D printers, tornado machine, smoke ring cannon and more hands-on innovations. Children are also challenged to make their own invention prototypes in the spirit of the Maker Movement. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative.

    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.

    African Drumming with Ben Ofori: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. All ages are invited for percussionist Ben Ofori. Those attending will learn about West African culture through movement, stories and song.

    Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Kids and teens can come together on the first Wednesday of the month to get their game on with the library's Wii system.

    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 Oct. 15, the discussion is on Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."

    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.

    English Conversation Practice for Adults: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults can practice speaking and listening to English in a casual group run by the library staff and volunteers.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Oct. 5, 19. Teens and adults can learn to be a library volunteer during a tour the branch with a staff member.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during 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 and Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.