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 Read to a Do
Modesto Library
Saturday, Aug. 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Drop by the Modesto Library Auditorium between 1 and 3 pm to read to a dog certified by Therapy Dogs Alliance. This program give children a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere to practice reading aloud. Call 209-558-7810 for more information. Designed for independent readers up to age 12. No sign-ups necessary. It will be a bark-tastic good time!
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Modesto Family Book
Modesto Library
Thursday, Aug. 29, 4:00 pm
Come together for a fun family read-aloud and discussion and activities related to the month's book selection! Frindle by Andrew Clements. Then we'll wrap up with a reading from next month's selection. Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library.
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Modesto Library
Monday, Sep. 9, 3:30 pm
Bad news: you've been caught by Sid. Good news: you have 45 minutes before he returns to his room. Decipher codes and solve classic puzzles in order to escape. This escape room is designed for ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and space is limited. Sign-ups start on August 29. Call 209-558-7810 to reserve your place. Event start times are 3:30 and 5:00 pm.
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Modesto Library
Monday, Sep. 9, 5:00 pm
Bad news: you've been caught by Sid. Good news: you have 45 minutes before he returns to his room. Decipher codes and solve classic puzzles in order to escape. This escape room is designed for ages 8 and up. Reservations are required and space is limited. Sign-ups start on August 29. Call 209-558-7810 to reserve your place. Event start times are 3:30 and 5:00 pm.
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Modesto Library
Saturday, Sep. 21, 10:30 am
Author, Robert Liu-Trujillo, joins us at Bilingual Story Time to read his book Furquan's First Flat Top. Afterward, he'll talk about how he writes and illustrates books!
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Modesto Library
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Log on to code.org for an hour of fun coding activities. Bring your own device and learn some simple coding activities. Don't have a computer? There are a limited number of laptops available and some non-computer coding activities. 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. 
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Modesto Halloween St
Modesto Library
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:15 am
Come listen to some not-too-spooky stories and stay for a Halloween Parade sponsored by the Friends of the Modesto Library! Story Time starts at 10:15 a.m. and the parade will be immediately following (about 10:45 a.m.) Costumes are encouraged but not required for the festivities. Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library.
Patterson Library
Monday, Aug. 26, 10:30 am
Join us for a big play date at the library. We will provide toys, books and music for ages 5 and under. Parental supervision required at all times.
Oakdale Library
Monday, Aug. 26, 11:00 am
Little ones can enjoy music, movement and dance at this fun, hour-long program. We’ll be “rockin’ out” to some of our favorite Story Time music as well as trying the Hula, the Twist, and the Limbo! Sponsored by Friends.
Empire Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 3:30 pm
Kids can build masterpieces with foam blocks, magnetic tiles and other building materials.
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.
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.
Turlock Library
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 4:00 pm
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library using the library’s LEGO® and LEGO® DUPLO® blocks. 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.
Newman Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10:30 am
Join us for a big play date at the library. We will provide toys, books, and music for ages 5 and under. Parental supervision is required at all times.  
Keyes Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11:50 am
New and classic picture books, flannel board and prop stories, finger plays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 30 minutes.
Denair Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
You're invited to take part in a day of playing with our LEGO® DUPLO® collection!
Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies.
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.
Modesto LEGO® Pl
Modesto Library
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 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 adult supervision.
Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies. Sponsored by Modesto Friends of the Library.
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