All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will close by 6 p.m. Nov. 27-28, for Thanksgiving. 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, Dec. 3-17. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    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.

    Dance Around the World Holiday Party: 3:45-4:45 p.m. Dec. 9. Kids and their families can experience a variety of cultures through music and dance by learning several easy holiday dances from around the world presented by Nikola Clay.

    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.

    Origami Gift Wrap: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Kids, teens and all ages can learn how to wrap a present in the free hands-on workshop. Participants should bring their own present; paper will be provided or they can bring their own.


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    Wii Wednesdays: 2:30-4 p.m. 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. 23, Dec. 14. 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.

    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.

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

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. in Room A. On Dec. 17, the discussion is on "Cleopatra," by Stacy Schiff.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Adults can read with others at the library. Discussion this month is on "The Sense of an Ending," by Julian Barnes.

    One-On-One Computer Tutor: 4-5 and 5-6 p.m. Nov. 26; 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. Nov. 27; Adults can schedule an appointment for a one-hour, one-on-one computer training session to learn the basics and set up an email account, print and save on the library computer, use Microsoft Word and search the Internet. Select tutors may also offer assistance on digital gadgets like laptops, smart phones, e-readers and cameras.

    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; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.