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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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Modesto
Saturday, Sep. 15, 10 am to 1 pm
Join us for a showcase of loca writing talent! This event will feature a meet and great with local authors, many of whom will have their books available purchase, including children's, teen and adult books.  The Local Author Fair will be held outside on the 16th St. side of the library portico.  For more information, please call 209-558-4813.  
Riverbank
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 3:30 pm
Join us at the Riverbank Library for a fun monthly art class for kids. This month kids will make collages out of maps from all over the world.  Various art supplies will be provided to make mixed media works of art!  The button maker will be available to make map buttons as well.   Sponsored by Friends of the Riverbank Library.
Newman
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 4 to 5 pm
Bring the whole family for Spanish and English picture books, fingerplays, and music.
Salida
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:00 pm
For ages 13 and up.  Escape reality and enter into another world with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Adults and Teens will be able to try this new gaming technology. This event is first come, first served. 
  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Free Knit and Croche
Waterford
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 3:00 pm
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterford Library.
Salida
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:00 pm
Designed for ages 12-18. The Salida Library is starting a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance!  Teens are encouraged to join us as we do a Harry Potter craft and work to promote positive change in our community through fandom and volunteering! Any interested parties are welcome and community service credit can be earned. Call 209-543-7353 for more information.   Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Keyes
Thursday, Aug. 16, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Create a bright and fun magnetic school bus photo frame out of craft sticks and decorative wheels to display your back to school pictures! Hang your new frame on your fridge or locker!
Ceres
Thursday, Aug. 16, 3:30 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.

Denair
Thursday, Aug. 16, 4 pm
Enjoy an hour of coloring.  We will provide coloring pages of varying skill levels as well as crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  Feel free to bring your own coloring supplies, however we ask that paint not brought into the library.
Keyes
Friday, Aug. 17, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Adults and teens can craft beautiful bows out of a variety of ribbons to wear in their hair or clip on as an accessory. 
Patterson
Friday, Aug. 17, 11 am
Learn how to speak and write basic Mandarin Chinese with native speaker Stephanie Chow. Advance registration required. You may register in person at the Patterson Library, or by call 209-892-6473 to sign up.
Fall Gardening for K
Modesto
Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 to 3 pm
Anne of Green Gardens will present an educational program for children about growing fall gardens. Learn how to grown your own vegetables in containers or the ground for fall. Free vegetable seeds will be provided. Registration is not required. 

Adult supervision is required for children.  

Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library, Anne of Green Gardens .
Newman
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Come learn how to make your own bath fizzy! Completed bath fizzies may be taken home in order to experience its relaxing properties, or given as a gift to someone special. This craft is designed for ages 13 and up. All materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Newman Library.
Salida
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2:00 pm
Bring the whole family down to color the afternoon away at the Salida Library. Multiple coloring sheets and supplies will be supplied.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Ceres
Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Come enjoy a relaxing evening of puzzles at the library.  We will provide puzzles in a variety of difficulty levels, ranging from preschool to HARD.  All ages are welcome.  
Riverbank
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3:30 pm
Teens and adults are welcome to join us for a fun and simple sewing craft. We will make cute little cupcake pincushions using bottle caps and scrap fabric.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Riverbank Library.
Turlock
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4:00 pm
In this basic introduction to printmaking, children will have an opportunity to experiment with mirror images using tempera paint and cardstock. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct parental supervision.
Ceres Library Book C
Ceres
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This month the Ceres Library Book Club will read The Zoopkeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman.

The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes. With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.

Please ask at the Ceres Library Circulation Desk to reserve your copy.

Free Knit and Croche
Waterford
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 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, Aug. 22, 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.
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