All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed May 25-26 for the observance of Memorial Day. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit

  • At the Martinez Library, Story Time programs are on vacation.

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

    Busy Bee Dogs Special Performance: 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 9. Kids are invited to the Summer Reading Festival kickoff with the Busy Bee Dogs, once homeless, who are now entertaining audiences with their circus tricks.

    Basic Beading Class with Yolanda: 6-7:15 p.m. May 20. Teens and adults can learn about creating jewelry with Yolanda. Seating is limited and registration is required. All supplies are provided.

    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. May 17, 31. 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.

    Button Making: 3-4 p.m. May 21. Teens can bring their own graphics or use some provided to make buttons to decorate their clothes, backpack or room.

    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.

    Lego Creators Club: 2-3 p.m. Saturdays. Now with robots! Kids ages 5-11 can let their imaginations run wild and make many creations. Advanced builders can build and program their own robots with Lego Mindstorm EV3 kits.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. May 20, in Room A. The discussion is on "Please Look After Mom," by Kyong-Suk Sin.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. June 6. Adults can read with others at the library in the upstairs reference area. This month's selection is "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.

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