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.

  • 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 Harvest: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Kids and teens are invited to learn the art of paper folding at this hands-on workshop. Open to all levels -- beginner to advanced.

    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."

    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.

    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. 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.


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    In Search of John Muir: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Adults and teens are invited to the screening of Anthony Garvin's documentary on the life of John Muir. Garvin will speak about his experience creating the film. Reservations by 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Free parking in the lot at 1020 Ward St.

    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.

    Story Time: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays features songs, movement and simple stories. Good for ages 0-5, but all are welcome.

    Afternoon Story Time: 1:15-1:45 p.m. Fridays. There will be songs, movement and simple stories to introduce children ages 0-5 to literacy.

    Fratello Marionettes Vaudeville Show: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Children can see local master puppeteers present some of their largest creations.

    Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Kids and teens can come together to get their game on with the library's Wii system.

    Affordable Care Act Presentation: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Sue Hamill, a Covered California educator, will offer a free presentation and some hands-on work to help people understand Obamacare and Covered California, the health care exchange marketplace, and what to do to enroll for health care insurance. The event will be held at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Nov. 19, the discussion is on "A Thousand Splendid Suns," by Khaled Hosseini.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Adults can read with others at the library and discuss "Cleopatra," by Stacey Schiff.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Nov. 2, Dec. 7. 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, Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.