All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches are closed Aug. 31-Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday. 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 Aug. 26. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Wild Americas: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Kids are invited to meet a lynx, speckled owl, kinkajoo and others in a safe program by Wildlife Associates. Register to reserve a spot.

    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. July 26, Aug. 9, 23. 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: 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Teens are invited to make buttons and create their own graphics or use some provided to decorate clothes, backpack or room. All materials provided.

    College Planning Program: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 25. High school and junior high school students and their parents can get more information about how to best position students to qualify for grants, scholarships and student loans from Heartland Institute of Financial Education. Register by end of day Aug. 24.


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    Bobcat! From Aug. 4-23, a bobcat exhibit provided by the Lindsay Wildlife Museum is on display during open hours at the library.

    Brenda Lin Sings an Enchanting Hour of Music: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Adults and all ages can listen to Brenda Lin sing highlights of easy listening, jazz standards and Broadway tunes.

    Conservatorship Workshop: 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 2, 9. Two workshops for those who have already established Conservatorship of the Estate or of the Person. Both sessions are required by the court for those appointed as conservators. Advance registration required by calling the Law Library at 925-646-2783.

    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.

    Cosmos and Microcosmos: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 26. Kids can take a look at the vastness of outer space, and then a close-up look at tiny worlds through a microscope in a program presented by the Chabot Space and Science Center.

    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.

    Imaginary Worlds (Make a 3D Animated Movie!): 3-4 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21. Students in grade 4 and older can make their own 3D animated movie at this weekly workshop presented by Tamara Helfer.

    Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 13. 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.

    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 boards or games.

    Annual Book Giveaway: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except Sundays Aug. 14-30. Used books no longer needed in the collection are free to the public. The giveaway is located at library administration in the shipping parking lot, 75 Santa Barbara Road. Bring your own bags or boxes.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, in Room A. The discussion is on "The Art Forger," by B.A. Shapiro.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Adults can read with others at the library in the upstairs reference area. This month's selection and discussion is on "People of the Book," by Geraldine Brooks.

    One-On-One Computer Tutor: 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays throughout August; 11 a.m. and noon Wednesdays, Aug. 13, 20, 27; and noon-1 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Adults can reserve 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. Only one active reservation at a time is allowed per patron, and reservations missed by 15 minutes may be given away.

    Las Juntas Artists Association: In partnership with the library, each month the group exhibits the works of different artists during regular library hours.

    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.