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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Computer Basics
10 am
 Computer Basics
Monday, Jul. 24, 10 am
Modesto
 A basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. Advance registration is required. Call (209) 558-7814 to sign up.
Patterson Wiggle Worms
10 am
 Patterson Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 24, 10 am
Patterson
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers...read more
Modesto Wiggle Worms
10:15 & 11:15 am
 Modesto Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 24, 10:15 & 11:15 am
Modesto
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. (20 minutes)
Riverbank Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Riverbank Preschool Story Time
Monday, Jul. 24, 10:30 am
Riverbank
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 mi...read more
Ceres Wiggle Worms
10:30 am
 Ceres Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 24, 10:30 am
Ceres
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers.  (20 minutes)
 
Stay & Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay & Play Social
Monday, Jul. 24, 10:30 am
Patterson
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 Wee Move and Play
11:00 am
 Oakdale Wee Move and Play
Monday, Jul. 24, 11:00 am
Oakdale
This program for toddler and preschool age children features an hour of music, movement and sensory play. Kids can enjoy unstructured play while they socialize with children their own age. Turn this into your family’s play date!
Friends of the Oakdale Library Meeting
1:30 pm
Friends of the Oakdale Library Meeting
Monday, Jul. 24, 1:30 pm
Oakdale
All are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Oakdale Library. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Oakdale Library's Community Room.  Come by and support your local library.   
Excel Intermediate
5 pm
 Excel Intermediate
Monday, Jul. 24, 5 pm
Modesto
This workshop is a continuation of Excel Basics and will teach you additional basic functions of Excel. Advance registration is required. Call (209) 558-7814 to sign up.
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Beat the Heat Week
Open hours
 Beat the Heat Week
Tuesday, Jul. 25, Open hours
Denair
Stay out of the heat and hang out at the library. We will have coloring pages, puzzles and board games.
Patterson Preschool Story Time
10 am
 Patterson Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10 am
Patterson
New and classic picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing for all children and their caregivers, particularly geared for ages 3-6. (30 minutes)...read more
Waterford Preschool Story Time
10:00 am
 Waterford Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:00 am
Waterford
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Modesto Wiggle Worms
10:15 am
 Modesto Wiggle Worms
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:15 am
Modesto
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. (20 minutes)
Riverbank Bilingual Story Time
10:30 am
 Riverbank Bilingual Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:30 am
Riverbank
Spanish/English picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing for all children and their caregivers, particularly geared for ages 3-6. (30 minutes)
Ceres Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Ceres Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:30 am
Ceres
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Oakdale Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Oakdale Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:30 am
Oakdale
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Stay & Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay & Play Social
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 10:30 am
Patterson
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.  
Ceres Wee Move and Play
11:00 am
 Ceres Wee Move and Play
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 11:00 am
Ceres
Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy a half-hour of playtime directly following Story Time.  This program features music, movement and sensory play.
Oakdale Library Book Club
11:30 am
 Oakdale Library Book Club
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 11:30 am
Oakdale
This month the book club will discuss Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. 

This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bes...read more
Shark Puppets
2:00 pm
 Shark Puppets
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2:00 pm
Hughson
Join us to make shark puppets using paper plates! 
Button Maker Craft
3:30-4:30 pm
 Button Maker Craft
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 3:30-4:30 pm
Waterford
Use a button maker to make 1.75-inch pins. Choose from a variety of images provided by the library, or bring your own printed or drawn images. Ages 5 and up....read more
Salida LEGO Day
4:00 pm
 Salida LEGO Day
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 4:00 pm
Salida
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO creations. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision.
Riverbank Library Book Club
4 pm
 Riverbank Library Book Club
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 4 pm
Riverbank
Join us at the Riverbank Library and share your love of books!  The book club will discuss Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Book clubs allow community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful discussions with others.
 
Turlock LEGO Day
4:00 pm
 Turlock LEGO Day
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 4:00 pm
Turlock
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and DUPLO blocks. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
Word Basics
5 pm
 Word Basics
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 5 pm
Modesto
This workshop teaches you the basic functions of Microsoft Word and will introduce you to some of the other features of word processing. Call (209) 558-7814 to sign up.
Modesto Preschool Story Time
6:15 pm
 Modesto Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 6:15 pm
Modesto
New and classic picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing for all children and their caregivers, particularly geared for ages 3-6. (30 minutes)
 
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Beat the Heat Week
Open hours
 Beat the Heat Week
Wednesday, Jul. 26, Open hours
Denair
Stay out of the heat and hang out at the library. We will have coloring pages, puzzles and board games.
Salida Wiggle Worms
10:00 am and 11:00 am
 Salida Wiggle Worms
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Salida
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. (20 minutes)
Oakdale Wiggle Worms
10:00 am & 11:00 am
 Oakdale Wiggle Worms
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Oakdale
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers.  (20 minutes)
Newman Preschool Story Time
10:00 am
 Newman Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 10:00 am
Newman
New and classic picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, finger plays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their care givers (30 minutes).
Turlock Wiggle Worms
10:00 am & 11:00 am
 Turlock Wiggle Worms
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Turlock
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers.  (20 minutes)
Modesto Preschool Story Time
10:15 am
 Modesto Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 10:15 am
Modesto
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
 
Empire Preschool Story Time
11:30 am
 Empire Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 11:30 am
Empire
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Ceres Library Book Club for Adults
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ceres Library Book Club for Adults
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 11:30 am - 12:30 pmCeres Library Book C
Ceres
This month the book club will discuss The Postmistress by Sarah Blake.

It is 1940. While war rages in Europe‚ President Roosevelt promises he won't send American boys to fight. In the small Cape Cod town of Franklin‚ postmistress Iris James firmly believes that he...read more
Free Knit and Crochet Class
3:00 pm
 Free Knit and Crochet Class
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 3:00 pmFree Knit and Croche
Waterford
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to confirm classes: (209) 874-2191.
Patterson LEGO Day
3:30 pm
 Patterson LEGO Day
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 3:30 pm
Patterson
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.
Modesto LEGO Play
3:30 pm
 Modesto LEGO Play
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 3:30 pm
Modesto
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.
Space Ships!
4:00 pm
 Space Ships!
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 4:00 pm
Turlock
Participants will have an opportunity to build a variety of flying space ships make out of paper products.  Designed for kids ages 8 and older; younger children must have parental supervision.
Pajama Story Time
6:30-7:00 pm
 Pajama Story Time
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 6:30-7:00 pm
Waterford
Wear your pajamas and join us for a special Story Time for the whole family. All ages are welcome.
Two Childhoods During the World War II Era
6:30 pm
Two Childhoods During the World War II Era
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 6:30 pm
Turlock
Join us at the Turlock Library as Hanna and Dieter Renning present two different perspectives of growing up during the tumultuous World War II era. Dieter will recount his personal experiences of living in Nazi Germany and surviving the bombing of Dresden.  Hanna will then share her story ...read more
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Beat the Heat Week
Open hours
 Beat the Heat Week
Thursday, Jul. 27, Open hours
Denair
Stay out of the heat and hang out at the library. We will have coloring pages, puzzles and board games.
Monster Craft
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Monster Craft
Thursday, Jul. 27, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Keyes
Kids can make their own personalized silly monsters with googly eyes.

 
Salida Preschool Story Time
10:00 am
 Salida Preschool Story Time
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:00 am
Salida
New and classic picture books, flannelboard and prop stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Turlock Preschool Story Time
10:00 am & 11:00 am
 Turlock Preschool Story Time
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Turlock
New and classic picture books, flannelboard and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes).  Story Time is designed for 3 - 6 year olds, but all ages are welcome.
Salida Wee Move and Play
10:30 am
 Salida Wee Move and Play
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:30 am
Salida
Join us after Preschool Story Time for a half hour of music, movement and sensory play. Children can enjoy unstructured play while socializing with their peers. 
Hughson Preschool Story Time
11:30 am
 Hughson Preschool Story Time
Thursday, Jul. 27, 11:30 am
Hughson
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 mi...read more
Summer Fun Thursdays: Build a City
1 pm
Summer Fun Thursdays: Build a City
Thursday, Jul. 27, 1 pm
Patterson
Work together to build a large city inside the library.  
Oakdale Teen Book Club
3:00 pm
 Oakdale Teen Book Club
Thursday, Jul. 27, 3:00 pm
Oakdale
This teens-only book club is a great opportunity to make new friends, as well as read and discover new books and authors.  This month's book is Iron Trial by Holly Black.

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admi...read more
Newman LEGO Day
3:30 pm
 Newman LEGO Day
Thursday, Jul. 27, 3:30 pm
Newman
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.
Balloon Rocket Races
3:30 pm
 Balloon Rocket Races
Thursday, Jul. 27, 3:30 pm
Empire
Hook your balloon racer to the track and watch it zip off! Children will create simple balloon rockets and race them for small prizes while supplies last. All materials will be provided, but children under the age of 4 must have direct parental supervision.
DIY SLIME!
3:30 pm
 DIY SLIME!
Thursday, Jul. 27, 3:30 pm
Ceres
Join us as we make an ooogy, gooey mess with Slime! Make your own to take home. All materials will be provided. Children 5 and under will require adult supervision and assistance. 
Modesto Comix Club
4 pm
 Modesto Comix Club
Thursday, Jul. 27, 4 pmModesto Comix Club
Modesto
Like to read? So do we! Come hang out on the last Thursday of every month for discussions, games and activities featuring our comic of the month. This month we will be discussing the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce. Comix Club is suggested for ages 8 and up. ...read more
Salida Tween Book Club
4:00 pm
 Salida Tween Book Club
Thursday, Jul. 27, 4:00 pm
Salida
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 Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Please contact the Library to reserve your copy at 209-543-7353.
 
C...read more
Cuentos en Español
6:15 pm
 Cuentos en Español
Thursday, Jul. 27, 6:15 pm
Modesto
Libros nuevos y clásicos, cuentos contados con marionetas o franela, rimas, música y baile para niños de todas las edades con énfasis a aquellos entre los 3 y 6 años de edad y para sus proveedores de cuidado. 
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Beat the Heat Week
Open hours
 Beat the Heat Week
Friday, Jul. 28, Open hours
Denair
Stay out of the heat and hang out at the library. We will have coloring pages, puzzles and board games.
Newman Wee Move and Play
10:00 am
 Newman Wee Move and Play
Friday, Jul. 28, 10:00 am
Newman
This program for toddler and preschool age children features an hour of music, movement and sensory play. Kids can enjoy unstructured play while they socialize with children their own age.
Denair Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Denair Preschool Story Time
Friday, Jul. 28, 10:30 am
Denair
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 mi...read more
Summer Movies @ the Modesto Library
1:00 pm
Summer Movies @ the Modesto Library
Friday, Jul. 28, 1:00 pm Summer Movies @ the
Modesto
Celebrate Summer Reading 2017 at the Modesto Library with special Summer Movies! We will show films that have won, or were nominated for, an Academy Award for Best Production Design. This month’s film features an epic battle on the moon planet Pandora and the fight to save the Na’vi. Pop...read more
Crochet for Beginners
3 pm
 Crochet for Beginners
Friday, Jul. 28, 3 pm
Patterson
Learn basic crochet techniques with Instructor Prithika Singh. Please bring your own crochet hooks.  Yarn will be provided. 
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Modesto Bilingual Story Time
10:15 am
 Modesto Bilingual Story Time
Saturday, Jul. 29, 10:15 am
Modesto
New and classic picture books in Spanish and English, flannel board or puppet stories, and fingerplays, music and dancing for all children and their caregivers, particularly geared for ages 3-6. (30 minutes)
Drop-In Knitting
1:00 - 2:00 pm
 Drop-In Knitting
Saturday, Jul. 29, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Ceres
Want to learn how to knit? Need assistance with a current project? Come in and meet with our 
own knitting guru Anne-Marie.  Bring your own materials or use ours.  
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Patterson Wiggle Worms
10 am
 Patterson Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 31, 10 am
Patterson
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers...read more
Modesto Wiggle Worms
10:15 & 11:15 am
 Modesto Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 31, 10:15 & 11:15 am
Modesto
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. (20 minutes)
Riverbank Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Riverbank Preschool Story Time
Monday, Jul. 31, 10:30 am
Riverbank
New and classic picture books, flannelboard  and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 mi...read more
Ceres Wiggle Worms
10:30 am
 Ceres Wiggle Worms
Monday, Jul. 31, 10:30 am
Ceres
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers.  (20 minutes)
 
Stay & Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay & Play Social
Monday, Jul. 31, 10:30 am
Patterson
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.  
     
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