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.

    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.

    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.

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


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    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.

    Puppet Show: Tale of the Dragon's Tail: 6:30-7:10 p.m. July 29. Children to age 11 are invited to Puppet Art Theater Company's fantasy show featuring a dragon, king, wizard and clever princess.

    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.

    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. 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-noon July 26. 11 a.m. and noon July 30. 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, use Microsoft Word and search the Internet.

    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; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.