All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. 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.

    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.

    Stargazing at the Library: 6-7 p.m. Sept. 30. All ages are invited to see Saturn and its rings through telescopes provided by the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society. There will be snacks and hot chocolate.


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

    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.

    Monday Grand Opening: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 6. Celebrate the library's new Monday hours (noon-8 p.m.) with fun and activities for all ages. Refreshments will be provided.

    Wii Wednesdays for Teens: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Teens are invited to meet others and play games on the library's Wii system.

    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.

    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 the branch with a staff member.

    The library is at 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Phone: 925-646-6434. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.