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 Comix Club
Modesto
Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 pm
Like to read? So do we! come hang out on the last Thursday of the month for discussions, games, and activities featuring the comic book series, Bone, by Jeff Smith. This program is suggested for ages 8 and up. Call 209-558-7810 for more details. Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library.
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Modesto Scholastic B
Modesto
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3 - 7 pm
The Friends of the Modesto Library will once again host the Scholastic Book Fair! Come find the latest and finest titles for children and teens, as well as books of interest for parents- and grandparents! The book fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. See you there! 
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MoSt Poetry Book Clu
Modesto
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us for a quarterly poetry book club sponsored by the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt) and the Friends of the Modesto Library. 

Each meeting will focus on a different book of poetry. Teens and adults can share their favorite poems, discuss the poet's style, and write a poem in the style of the poet.

At this meeting, we will discuss the book I Know Your Kind by William Brewer. 

Pick up a copy of the book at the Modesto Library Reference Desk while supplies last. 


  Sponsored by Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoST), Friends of the Modesto Library.
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International Games
Modesto
Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

All ages are welcome to drop in to celebrate International Games Day!  We will provide games, but you are welcome to bring your own. Ages 13 and up can test out the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality gear, available in the library's Teen Area from 11 am to 1 pm.  Don't miss out on all of the fun! For more information, please call 209-558-7814.

Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Turlock
Monday, Nov. 19, 6 pm
How well do you know your Harry Potter Trivia? Answer questions about the books and the movies! Show your skills and trivia knowledge with family and friends, or take on the challenge solo!
 
Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Teams are limited to 1 to 4 people each. Each teams must have at least one player age 13 or older.
 
We will be using the free Kahoot! app. All teams must have a smart phone or tablet capable of downloading the app – or have it pre-installed on the device.
 
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Salida
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:00 pm
Adult and teen Mouseketeers (ages 15 and up), get your teammates together for Disney Trivia Night at the library! We’re celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with a quiz and snacks. Disneybounding and costumes are encouraged, but not required.

We will be using the free Kahoot! app. At least one team member per team must have a smart phone or tablet with the app installed on the device.

Registration starts Oct. 27. See you real soon!

  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Salida
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:00 pm
Learn to create websites or code games! The Girls Who Code Club is a free after-school program for girls in sixth through 12th grade who are interested in learning code. The club will meet every Monday for 10 weeks, starting Sept. 10. This is a cumulative program where girls will work together to make a community service impact project using their learned Computer Science skills. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign-ups start Aug. 6. Call the library at 209-543-7353 for more information.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Salida
Monday, Oct. 22, 5:00 pm
Code games at our Coding Club!  Coding Club will meet every Monday for 10 weeks starting September 10. Ages 9 and up welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign-ups start Aug. 6. Call the library at 209-543-7353 for more information.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Couponing Class @ th
Modesto
Monday, Oct. 22, 5:30 pm
Let the Modesto Money Mavens show you how to shop smart! Enjoy a free presentation on how to use coupons to save money. Don’t miss out on these money-saving tips. 

  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library, Modesto Money Mavens.
Ceres Library Book C
Ceres
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This month the Ceres Library Book Club will read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

Please ask at the Ceres Library Circulation Desk to reserve your copy.
Free Knit and Croche
Waterford
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 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, Oct. 24, 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.
Ceres
Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30 pm
Do you dare make scary eyeballs with us? Join us as we create fun treats to eat.  All materials provided for a ghastly time! 
Children 5 and under will require direct supervision from parents or adult guardians.   Sponsored by Friends of the Ceres Library .
Newman
Thursday, Oct. 25, 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, Oct. 25, 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 Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Please contact the library to reserve your copy at 209-543-7353.

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own. Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
Patterson
Friday, Oct. 26, 3 pm
Learn basic crochet techniques with Instructor Prithika Singh. Please bring your own crochet hooks.  Yarn will be provided. 
Turlock
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Everyone is invited to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Friends of the Turlock Public Library! Drop by the Turlock Library between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm to enjoy light refreshments, poetry readings, music from a teen choral group, and good company.
Modesto
Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:00 pm
Answer: This Halloween event will feature 3 rounds of Jeopardy, prizes, food, and fun for teens and adults. 

Question: What is Halloween Jeopardy at the Modesto Library? 

Celebrate the Halloween season with us while donning your best cosplay attire (not required). This program is recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information, please contact the Modesto Library Reference Desk at (209)558-7814.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
Newman
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Join us for a reading of Hoop Genius by John Coy. Afterward, children will have an opportunity to investigate different balls' abilities to bounce and represent the data they collect graphically. This program is designed for children in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by their parents or adult guardians. 

*STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math
Salida
Monday, Oct. 29, 4:00 pm
Learn to create websites or code games! The Girls Who Code Club is a free after-school program for girls in sixth through 12th grade who are interested in learning code. The club will meet every Monday for 10 weeks, starting Sept. 10. This is a cumulative program where girls will work together to make a community service impact project using their learned Computer Science skills. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign-ups start Aug. 6. Call the library at 209-543-7353 for more information.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
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