All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
ARF Dog Training Special Event: 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 28. Kids and middle school students, and all ages can learn the newest and best methods for training the family dog. ARF will demonstrate how to use clicker training and shaping, food puzzles and leash manners.
Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. June 14, 28. 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.
Knit & Crochet Six-Week Summer Class: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 15-Aug. 19. Teens and adults can learn knitting or crochet in the workshop run by experts, and sponsored by the Helping Hands Foundations of the National Needle Arts Association. It is geared toward youth 18 and under. Adults are welcome, but supplies may be limited. Register by 10 a.m. July 15.
Martinez Memories -- A Local Film History: 6-7:30 p.m. June 17, 24, July 1, 8. Adults and others interested are invited to a series of four films presented by the Martinez Historical Society about local history. There will be artifacts, a Q&A, snacks, and possibly an appearance by characters of local renown.
Free Computer Help: noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays in June and July. Teens, adults and seniors can make an appointment or stop by to get one-on-one help with browsing the Internet, and how to use e-readers, smart phones/tablets and basic computer problems.
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.
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.
Busy Bee Dogs: 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 24. These formerly homeless pets will show off dozens of tricks with a little help from volunteers in the audience.
Imaginary Worlds (Make a 3D Animated Movie!): 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, July 3-Aug. 21. Students in grade 4 and older can make their own 3D animated movie at this weekly workshop presented by Tamara Helfer.
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.
Eco-Sewing: 3-5 p.m. June 18, 25, July 23, 30. 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.
Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. July 2. Teens are invited to meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.
Teen Chess and Board Games: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Students 12-17 can get instruction and participate in friendly matches and tournaments. Participants can bring their own games.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. July 11. Adults can read with others in the upstairs reference area. This month's selection is "Little Bird of Heaven," by Joyce Carol Oates.
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.