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 Dec. 2. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.

    Wii Wednesdays: 2:30-4 p.m. Sept. 3. Middle school students and teens can join their friends for Wii games and snacks.

    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.

    Electronics Makerspace! 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Kids and teens 8-18 and their parents are invited to build various electronic projects the last Wednesday of each month with volunteers. All supplies are provided and guidance from the volunteer is available.

    Saturday Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 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.


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    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.

    Basic Beading Class with Yolanda: 6-7:15 p.m. Sept. 16. Teens and adults can create their own jewelry with supplies provided. Registration is required by noon on event day.

    Bobcat! Through Aug. 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.

    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.

    Eco-Sewing: 3-5 p.m. Aug. 20, 27. 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. Sept. 10. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 6. Teens and adults can learn to be a library volunteer during a tour the branch with a staff member.

    English Conversation Practice for Adults: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults can practice speaking and listening to English in a casual group run by the library staff and volunteers.

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