All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Nov. 11, for the observance of Veterans 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 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 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.
Pajama Math: Early Literacy Storytime and Games: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Young children can listen to stories, play games and learn about the number "100."
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. Nov. 6. 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. Oct. 7, 14. Adults and teens are invited to a historical Martinez film presented in cooperation with the Martinez Historical Society. Light refreshments are served. The Oct. 7 topic is on the Tina Davi Italian community.
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. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays features songs, movement and simple stories. Good for ages 0-5, but all are welcome.
Afternoon Storytime: 1:15-1:45 p.m. Fridays. There will be songs, movement and simple stories to introduce children ages 0-5 to literacy.
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.
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.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 9. 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.
Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. 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.
One-On-One Computer Tutor: noon-1 and 1-2 p.m. Oct. 5; 5-6 and 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Adults can reserve an appointment for a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session with a volunteer tutor. Learn the basics of setting up email accounts, printing, Microsoft Word, Internet searches. Select tutors may also offer assistance on digital gadgets like laptops, smart phones, e-readers, and cameras.
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.
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.