All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families. All branches will be closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday, and from 5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. For library hours and updated information, call the local branch or 800-984-4636 or visit www.ccclib.org.
Mother Goose Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-April 28. There will be stories and songs, followed by a simple craft time. Best for ages 6 months-3 years old.
Monday Movie Night — Frozen: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 12. Kids and all ages are invited to watch a showing of “Frozen.” Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Popcorn will be served.
Lego Workshop: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Kids 4 and older are invited to learn tips and tricks from a Lego expert, who will show various constructions and help participants make something.
Insect Discovery Lab: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 26. Students in grades K-12 can discover the diversity of one-of-a-kind arthropods from around the world in a program by Insect Discovery Lab. Participants can see, touch and hold millipedes, beetles and more. Registration is required by Jan. 24.
Knit & Crochet Six-Week Winter Class: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 23. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. Teens and adults can learn about knitting and crochet in a workshop led by experts, and sponsored by the Helping Hands Foundations of the National Needle Arts Association. Geared toward those 18 and younger. Adults welcome, but supplied materials may be limited. Register by 10 a.m. Dec. 23.
Needle Art with Marilyn: 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 27. 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.
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.
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.
Maker Monday — Solder and Slime: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 12. Kids ages 5-11 can solder paper clip people and mix up a batch of slime. There will also be time for polymer science with water beads.
Mad Science — Fire and Ice: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 27. Children are invited to figure out how mad scientists do their crazy chemistry.
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.
Tinker Tuesday — Solder and Slime: 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Teens can drop in after school to make and take their own creations from soldering paper clip people and mixing up a batch of slime, to more fun with polymer science with water beads.
Eco-Sewing: 3-5 p.m. Jan. 21, 28. Teens can learn sewing machine skills and create upcycled fabric creations. The event is led by a recycling educator and artist.
Pleasant Hill Teen Advisory Group (TAG): 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 14. 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.
Covered CA — One-on-one Affordable Care Act Enrollment Help: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 20. Adults can get assistance from Covered California enrollment counselors on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring current income of all family members, legal resident card, U.S. citizenship and residency status, Social Security number and date of birth for all members in the household.
Afternoon Book Discussion: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Adults can read with others at the library in the upstairs reference area. This month’s selection and discussion is on “Now is the Time to Open Your Heart,” by Alice Walker.
Volunteer Orientation: 3-4 p.m. Jan. 3. 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 and Thursdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.