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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Modesto TEEN Game Da
Modesto Library
Monday, Aug. 19, 3:30 pm
TEENS! The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality gear will be available for ages 13 & up in the Teen Zone. We'll be playing the collaborative puzzle game, Keep Talking and Nobody Expoldes. Due to the limitation of our grant, only ages 13 and older will be able to wear the VR headset but there are plenty of cyphers and puzzles for everyone to decode! Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library, VAR Libraries.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Compet
Modesto Library
Monday, Sep. 23, 5:30 pm
Teens and adults, join us at our first ever Jigsaw Puzzle Competition! Create your own team of up to 4 people and race against others to complete the puzzle. Every team will get the same 500 piece puzzle to work on. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest 3 teams. Snacks will be provided. Reserve your seat by calling 209-558-7814. 

Note: This program was rescheduled from July 16, 2019.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Modesto Family Book
Modesto Library
Thursday, Sep. 26, 4:00 pm
Come together for a fun family read-aloud discussion and activities related to this month's book, The Golden Age of Pirates. Then we'll wrap up with a reading from next month's selection. 
Oakdale Library
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 10:30 am
A basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. This program is a continuation of Computer Basics: Part 1.  Advance registration is required. Call 209-847-4204 to sign up.
Denair Library
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Come and learn or practice manga drawing. All materials are provided.

Patterson Library
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:00 pm
Join us for family fun story time with books, music, and movement, followed by a relaxed craft activity or coloring.
Waterford Library
Thursday, Aug. 22, 3:00-4:00 pm
Come and spend a relaxing time with us by coloring at your library. Ages 13 and older. Sponsored by The Friends of the Waterford Library.
Empire Library
Thursday, Aug. 22, 3:30 pm
Kids will have fun seeing slime interact with magnets in this STEAM* activity.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
Newman Library
Thursday, Aug. 22, 3:30 - 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.
Oakdale Library
Monday, Aug. 26, 1:30 pm
All are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Oakdale Library. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month in the library. Come by and support your local library.
Oakdale Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10:30 am
This workshop will introduce you to the Internet and the World Wide Web and teach you how to search on the Web. Advance registration is required. Call 209-847-4204 to sign up. 
Oakdale Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:30 am
This month the book club will discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. 

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara: Sara traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal Amy, but when she arrives she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor―there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair.

The Oakdale Library Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Oakdale Library at 11:30 am. The following month's selection is handed out at the previous month's meeting. However, you can also ask for a copy at the Oakdale Library.
Newman Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Breaking News! Dinosaur bones have been uncovered at the Newman Library! There are still fossils lost in the field by the library. Carefully excavate an area to find and identify your own fossil. Sponsored by Friends of the Newman Library.
Waterford Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 3:30-4:30 pm
Dragons! We love dragons in Waterford and are excited to make dragon kites. Bring your dragons to life using paper, glue, string and your artistic flair. Ages 5 and older. Sponsored by The Friends of the Waterford Library.
Riverbank Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 4:00 pm
Join us at the Riverbank Library and share your love of books!  The book club will discuss The Art Forger: a novel by Barbara A Shapiro. Book clubs allow community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful discussions with others.
 
Salida Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 4:00 pm
Game on at the Salida Library! Challenge your family members to board game competitions, video game tournaments and more. The Nintendo Switch will be available for use, along with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset*.
*Oculus Rift is only for ages 13 and up.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Modesto Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Enrollment Specialist, Medical Provider, Veterans Service Officer on site. Come into the library and check in at the Veterans Resource table. Be sure to bring a copy of your DD-214. If you do not have your DD-214, we may be able to obtain one for you.
Ceres Library Book C
Ceres Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11:30 - 12:30 pm
This month we will be reading Time and Again, by Jack Finney.

This book was originally written in 1970 and has been described as "the time travel story."  

When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past—his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery.

But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever.
Turlock Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1:00 pm
Join us for a relaxing afternoon, and create a unique bracelet that fits your style and personality! For ages 18 and older.
Denair Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
BYOB, that is, Bring Your Own Board (and pieces, clocks, etc.) to the Denair Library for a nice, friendly game of chess. Chess puzzles will also be available to solve. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, all are welcome. These will be unranked, fun games of chess. Come by and meet fellow players, and maybe even make a new friend.
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