Events & 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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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Modesto
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 12:30 and 2 pm
Through the power of magic, Magic Dan helps kids embrace reading and feel good about themselves. Pick up FREE tickets one hour before the show in the Children's Room.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Hughson
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Travel "around the world in seven days" with the Hughson Library! Our first stop is the continent of Africa.  You will have a chance to make a tissue paper safari, giraffe handprints, and rain sticks.  You can also play Mancala and Ampe, which are traditional African games.  Learn about a variety of African cultures and try on real Ghanaian clothing.     Sponsored by Friends of the Hughson Library.
Ceres Library Book C
Ceres
Wednesday, May. 23, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.

Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.

Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a “ghost bride” for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what price?

Please visit the Ceres Library Circulation Desk to pick up a copy of this book.
Salida
Wednesday, May. 23, 2:00 pm
Coloring is not just for kids! Add some color to your world and join us for an hour of relaxation and mindfulness. Adults can join us to unwind and have fun in a comfortable environment. Colored pencils, crayons, and a variety of artistic designs will be available.

For ages 14 and up. Sign-ups recommended, but not required.   For more information and to sign up, contact the Salida Information Desk at 209-543-7315. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Salida Library.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Free Knit and Croche
Waterford
Wednesday, May. 23, 3:00 pm
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterford Library.
Patterson
Wednesday, May. 23, 3:30 pm
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library using the library’s 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
Thursday, May. 24, 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.
Salida
Thursday, May. 24, 4:00 pm
Designed for ages 9-12. Join us to discuss your favorite books and participate in fun games and activities. This month’s book club selection is the graphic novel Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm. Please contact the library to reserve your copy at 209-543-7353.

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer.  At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is  the home of Disney World, after all.  But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park.  It’s full of . . . old people.  Really old people. Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around.  She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors.  But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place?  The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . . Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Patterson
Friday, May. 25, 3 pm
Learn basic crochet techniques with Instructor Prithika Singh. Please bring your own crochet hooks.  Yarn will be provided. 
Turlock
Saturday, May. 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Celebrate the start of our Summer Reading Challenge on the lawn outside of the Turlock Library.  Wear your play clothes to enjoy fun and messy activities including tie-dying and spin art.  

The tie-dying activity is designed is for ages 14 and up; younger children must have an adult guardian or parent present to participate. Please bring one white item (t-shirt, socks, etc.) of your choice to dye, per person. 
Denair
Saturday, May. 26, 3 pm
Join us for our Classic Literature Book Club.  The book selection for May will be chosen at the April 28 meeting.  Please contact the Denair Library following the April meeting to find out the May book selection. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Denair Library during the month of May.  
Salida
Saturday, May. 26, 3:00 pm
Designed for ages 12 to 18. Teens! Want your opinion heard? Share your ideas on teen library programs and services and earn community service credit. Bring a friend, or make a new one! For more information, call 209-543-7353. 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
All Locations
Monday, May. 28, All day
Libraries are closed.
Hughson
Tuesday, May. 29, 1:00 pm
Come make your own bouncy ball using glue, cornstarch, borax, and the color of your choice.  This craft will take an hour to make. 
Oakdale
Tuesday, May. 29, 3:30 pm
Teens can travel to Hogwarts in this escape room adventure.  Participants will use clues hidden in the room to find the Sorcerer's Stone. 

Advance registration is required. Call 209-847-4204 to sign up.
Salida
Tuesday, May. 29, 4:00 pm
Craft the afternoon away at the library and make flowers out of tissue paper. Create your own flower arrangement to take home. Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Free Knit and Croche
Waterford
Wednesday, May. 30, 3:00 pm
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterford Library.
Oakdale
Thursday, May. 31, 3:00 pm
Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts with Harry Potter themed crafts. Sponsored by Friends of the Oakdale Library.
Modesto Comix Club:
Modesto
Thursday, May. 31, 4 pm
Like to read? So do we! come hang out on the last Thursday of the month for discussions, games, and activities featuring our comic book of the month. This month we're reading Squish by Jennifer Holm. Read any of the adventures of this comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school amoeba and join us to discuss. We'll also make slime so be prepared to get messy! This program is suggested for ages 8 and up. Call 209-558-7810 for more details.
Salida
Thursday, May. 31, 4:30 pm
Designed for ages 13-18. Come to the Salida Library to study with your peers and help each other succeed! Tables will be reserved for study time, and snacks will be provided. 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
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