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.

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

    Electronics Makerspace! 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Kids and teens 8-18 and their parents are invited to build various electronic projects the last Wednesday of each month with volunteers. Participants will learn about basic circuitry and create projects like color mixing lamps, motorized pinwheels and keyboard instruments. All supplies are provided and guidance from the volunteer is available.

    Back To School Origami: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Kids ages 5-11 can learn origami from Charles Esseltine.

    College Planning Program: 6-7 p.m. Sept. 22. 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 Sept. 21.

    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 the day of the event.

    Free Computer Help: noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17. 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.


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    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.

    Master Gardener Class -- Saving Water in Your Landscape: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Roxy Wolensko of Contra Costa Master Gardeners will discuss irrigation methods, plant selection and placement, water gardening and rainwater harvesting that will help homeowners conserve water in their landscape.

    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.

    Stingers, Fangs, and Venom! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to the Mt. Diablo Interpretive Society's presentation critters on the mountaintop. Participants can see a scorpion, touch a tarantula and learn about snakes and other native reptiles.

    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. Sept. 17, 24. 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.

    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.

    Stevie Coyle Acoustic Guitar: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Stevie Coyle, owner of Mighty Fine Guitars and former guitarist of The Waybacks, performs.

    Pleasant Hill Library Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, in Room A. The discussion is on "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking," by Susan Cain.

    Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 12. 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.

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

    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.