All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Feb. 17, for Presidents 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 April 15 (no session Feb. 25). There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Literary Birthdays: Polly Horvath On A Waffle: 3:45-4:45 p.m. Jan. 28. Kids celebrate the birthday of author Polly Horvath, whose book, "Everything on a Waffle," was the inspiration for the giant bookworm. Listen to a chapter of the book, make a present for Polly, and enjoy games and cake (maybe waffles?).

    Chinese New Year lion dancers: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. All ages can celebrate Chinese New Year with Leung's White Crane Lion Dancers. Visitors can bring their cameras for some photo opportunities with the lion at the end of the performance.

    Wii Wednesdays: 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 5. Middle school students and teens can join their friends for Wii games and snacks.


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    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 8, 22. 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.

    Computer Docent for Everyday Library Users: noon-2 p.m. Jan. 29. A new computer docent at the library is able to help patrons with computer and e-reader problems. Use the online registration for appointments or call the library. Participants must give 24-hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

    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, Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays, 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.

    Jungle James: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Kids can join Jungle James as he introduces live reptiles from all over the world.

    Eco Sewing: 3-5 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 19, 26. Teens can learn sewing machine skills and create upcycled fabric creations. The event is led by a recycling educator and artist. Crafts made will be used toward TAG's annual Art, Jazz and Wine Festival donation drive, and will benefit the library.

    Covered CA A One-on-one Affordable Care Act Enrollment Help: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25. Covered California enrollment counselors will talk to participants, explaining coverage options and helping with selections based on need and budget, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can also find out if they qualify for low- or no-cost coverage through Medi-Cal. Must bring documentation. For details, visit ccclib.org.

    Common Core Night: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 4. Adults can find out what Common Core looks like in the classroom and get answers from educators in a Q&A. In conjunction with the Pleasant Hill Education Commission, the event will feature live demonstrations of Core-alligned lessons in math, science, English and social studies.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Adults can read with others at the library. Discussion this month is on "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Feb. 1. 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.