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.

    Harvest Party for Kids and Families: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. There will be a fall harvest of stories and crafts, and kids can learn how to church real butter and more. Treats will be served.

    The Puppet Company Presents A Time To Be Jolly: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Kids can meet Jack Frost, Mrs. Claus and take a peek at Santa's elves through the Puppet Company's seasonal tour of Santa's workshop. They will see waltzing Christmas trees, ice-skating penguins, Rudolph, and a Hanukkah celebration.

    Wii Wednesdays: 2:30-4 p.m. Nov. 6, Dec. 4. 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, which has played to standing room only crowds. Seating for 100. Reservations by 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Free parking in the lot at 1020 Ward St.

    Financial Literacy Educational Class: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Adults can learn about asset protection, debt management, emergency funds, retirement planning and basic investment and tax strategies at a presentation by Helen Wong-Joe from the Heartland Institute of Financial Education. Register by 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

    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.

    Gingerbread City: 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 10. Families can team up with each other to create a Gingerbread City in the library. Sweet supplies will be available, but participants may also bring their own candy.

    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.

    Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 13. 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.

    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.

    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.