All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed April 20, for the observance of Easter. 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. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    D-I-Y Tuesday -- Build a Lego Leprechaun: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 11. Lego sculptor Charles Esseltine will lead the free workshop on making a leprechaun or other wild Irish creature for St. Patrick's Day. Legos are provided.

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

    An Evening of Irish/Celtic Music and Dance: 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 10. Jason Pollack and Friends will perform a variety of Irish/Celtic traditional music and dance for the entire family. At intermission, children, will be invited to create a holiday craft.

    Techno Jewelry: 3-4:30 p.m. March 12. Teens are invited to take apart and break down computer towers to their components to create funky jewelry.

    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. March 22, April 5, 19. 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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    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.

    Eco-Sewing: 3-5 p.m. March 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.

    Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. March 12. 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.

    Covered CA -- One-on-one Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance: 5-8 p.m. March 11. Covered California enrollment counselors explain health coverage options and help participants select a plan. Assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must bring current income of all family members on the application (tax return, W-2, recent pay stubs, etc.), legal resident card or naturalized citizenship certificate (if applicable); copy of U.S. citizenship and residency status; and a copy of the Social Security number and date of birth for each family member in the household.

    Common Core Night 2: 6:30-8 p.m. March 25. Adults are invited to find out what Common Core really looks like in the classroom for grades 6-12, and get answers from educators. The presentation by the Pleasant Hill Education Commission and will feature live demonstrations by teachers in four subject areas.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. March 18, in Room A. The discussion is on "The Lighthouse," by P.D. James.

    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.