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.
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.
Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 23. 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.14. Adults and teens are invited to a historical Martinez film presented in cooperation with the Martinez Historical Society. Light refreshments are served. The topic is on Anthony and Donny Balestrieri's State Theater Gang.
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.
Halloween Family Storytime: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Kids can come in costume for interactive storytelling, crafts, games and more, presented by Patrick and the whole Storytime gang.
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 Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Oct. 15, the discussion is on Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."
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.