Events and Classes

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Stanislaus County Library. All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
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Holiday Card Craft
Modesto Library
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Adults and teens (12 and up), drop in and make holiday cards for your friends and family. We will provide the supplies but you are welcome to bring your own.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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New Year’s Res
Modesto Library
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
What do you want to accomplish in 2019? Teens and adults are invited to drop in and create a poster to take home as a visual reminder of what you want to achieve this upcoming year. We will provide the materials and you provide the creativity! For more information, please contact the Modesto Library Reference Desk at 209-558-7814.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Bring Your Own Devic
Modesto Library
Monday, Jan. 14, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us at this free workshop in the Modesto Library Conference Room and let us help you make your iPhone work better for you. Library staff will teach participants about basic functions, text messages, Bluetooth, and much more. Registration is required. Save your seat by registering online or by calling the Modesto Library Reference Desk at 209-558-7814.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Tabletop Board Game
Modesto Library
Saturday, Jan. 26, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
All ages are invited to drop in and play board games at the Modesto Library. Tweens and teens will enjoy learning and playing NME (3 player chess). We will provide the games but you are welcome to bring your own. Don't miss out on the fun!  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
Keyes Library
Thursday, Dec. 13, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Assemble and glue together a unique snowflake ornament using an assortment of dry pastas!
Hughson Library
Thursday, Dec. 13, 12:00-6:00 pm
Browse our collection and enjoy music from "The Nutcracker" ballet playing in the background. Learn about the instruments and history of the music through materials available for checkout.  Sponsored by Friends of the Hughson Library.
Patterson Library
Thursday, Dec. 13, 1 pm
Join our book club for interesting reads and thought-provoking discussions. 
Waterford Library
Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:00-4:00 pm
'Tis the season to be merry and craft!  Create adorable holiday wine cork trees assembled with hot glue. Ages 13 and older only. Sponsored by The Friends of the Waterford Library.
Keyes Library
Friday, Dec. 14, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Adults and teens can decorate craft stick sled ornaments with glitter and other embellishments. You may also bring in a small picture of a family member to personalize your keepsake or to give as a gift!
Turlock Library
Friday, Dec. 14, 10:30 am
This month's selection is Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz.

 Alan Conway is a bestselling crime writer. His editor, Susan Ryeland, has worked with him for years, and she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. Alan's traditional formula pays homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. It's proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. When Susan receives Alan's latest manuscript, in which Atticus Pund investigates a murder at Pye Hall, an English manor house, she has no reason to think it will be any different from the others. There will be dead bodies, a cast of intriguing suspects, and plenty of red herrings and clues. But the more Susan reads, the more she realizes that there's another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript--one of ambition, jealousy, and greed--and that soon it will lead to murder.
Patterson Library
Friday, Dec. 14, 3 pm
Learn basic crochet techniques with Instructor Prithika Singh. Please bring your own crochet hooks.  Yarn will be provided. 
Newman Library
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Forgot to pick up a holiday card? Don't worry! Stop by the library to create your own. Use a variety of craft supplies to make one-of-a-kind cards that will wow your friends and family this holiday season.
Riverbank Library
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4:00 pm
Join us at the Riverbank Library and share your love of books!  The book club will discuss The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  Book clubs allow community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful discussions with others.
Hughson Library
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:00-5:00 pm
Today is the day Hughson library staff has been planning all year! It's our Mary Poppins Bash! Come join us and celebrate one of the greatest characters in children's literature. Make a kite, an umbrella, and a chimney sweep. Measure yourself with Mary's magic tape. Pin the bow tie on the penguin, play a round of penguin bowling, make a bird feeder and so much more. Come all and enjoy this magical day! Sponsored by Friends of the Hughson Library.
Free Knit and Croche
Waterford Library
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:00 pm
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterford Library.
Waterford Library
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4:00 pm
All are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Waterford Library. Come by and support your local library.    Sponsored by Friends of the Waterford Library.
Keyes Library
Thursday, Dec. 20, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Explore your color palate by using paint sample cards and other materials to create festive holiday cards for friends and loved ones.
Hughson Library
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:00-11:30 am
Mothers, grandmothers, and all caregivers of toddlers and infants are welcome to come to have tea and hot cocoa and chat while your little ones create winter themed art with dot paint. 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Hughson Library.
Newman Library
Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library. LEGO® play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies. Sponsored by Friends of the Newman Library.
Winter All Ages Colo
Modesto Library
Friday, Dec. 21, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the new winter season and upcoming holiday with a day of coloring fun. All ages are welcome, so feel free to bring your friends and family! We will provide crayons, colored pencils, and winter themed coloring pages. No registration required. Drop in when available.

Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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