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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Computer Basics: Part 1
10:30 am
 Computer Basics: Part 1
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 10:30 am
Oakdale Library
A basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. This program is continued in Computer Basics: Part 2.  Advance registration is required. Call 209-847-4204 to sign up.
Oakdale Library Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
11:30 am
Oakdale Library Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 11:30 am
Oakdale Library
This month the book club will discuss Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
The novel presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.
 
The Oakdale Library Book Club...read more
ESL Workshop: Collaborative Connections - Conexiones Colaborativas
12:15 to 1:30 pm
ESL Workshop: Collaborative Connections - Conexiones Colaborativas
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
Modesto Library
This is an interactive, video-streamed series for ESL adults to improve language skills and learn about community and library resources. 
Es una serie interactiva, transmitida por videos, para adultos de ESL para mejorar su habilidad de lenguaje y aprender sobre los recursos en la comunida...read more
Chess Club
3:00 to 5:00 pm
 Chess Club
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Denair Library
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 a...read more
DIY Toys
3:00 pm
 DIY Toys
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:00 pm
Hughson Library
Make your own toys using recycled materials.  The toys include a dancing marionette, penny spinners and recycled toy cars. 
Bird Feeder Craft
3:30-4:30 pm
 Bird Feeder Craft
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:30-4:30 pm
Waterford Library
Have fun making bird feeders using peanut butter and bird seed! Ages 5 and up.
Build It!
3:30 pm
 Build It!
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:30 pm
Empire Library
Children can design masterpieces with foam blocks, magnetic tiles, marble run, and a variety of other building materials.
Litterbug Presentation
3:30 pm
 Litterbug Presentation
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:30 pm
Empire Library
Children will learn about keeping their environment clean with this fun, interactive preschool program which includes stories, songs and games.
 
Homework Club
3:30 pm
 Homework Club
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 3:30 pm
Patterson Library
Join our after-school Homework Club and do your homework at the library. We'll have volunteer homework helpers on hand to help you with homework questions. For grades K-6 only. Registration required. Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm & Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm.
Riverbank Library Book Club
4:00 pm
 Riverbank Library Book Club
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 4:00 pm
Riverbank Library
Join us at the Riverbank Library and share your love of books!  The book club will discuss Resistance by Anita Shreve. Book clubs allow community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful ...read more
Salida CrafterNoon
4:00 pm
 Salida CrafterNoon
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 4:00 pm
Salida Library
Spring has sprung! Join us for crafts celebrating the season. This month, children are invited to get messy with paint as they create tulips, a handprint Earth, and more! Free tickets will be available one hour before the event.
This program is part of the Tuesdays Are Family Days at the Salida...read more
Turlock LEGO® Day
4:00 pm
 Turlock LEGO® Day
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 4:00 pm
Turlock
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 ...read more
Teen Health and Wellness: Positive Self-Talk
5:00 pm
Teen Health and Wellness: Positive Self-Talk
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 5:00 pmTeen Health and Well
Modesto Library
Teens, join us for a new monthly series of Teen Health and Wellness programs at the Modesto Library. 

This month's program will focus on positive self-talk. Local teen Avni Parmar will lead a journaling session surrounding this month's theme. All material will be provided. Te...read more
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LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Open hours
 LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Wednesday, Apr. 24, Open hours
Denair Library
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.
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10:00 am-7:00 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
(April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )

Patterson Library
Buy gently used books at bargain prices!
Hardbacks $1.00
Paperbacks $0.50
Children's Books $0.25-$0.50 
Wednesday, April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Thursday, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Friday, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Friday is $5 fill-a-bag day. 
&nbs...read more
VA Medical Van
10:00 am-1:00 pm
 VA Medical Van
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Modesto Library
VA Mobile Medical Outreach will provide medical services and benefit information to our veteran community at the Modesto Library.  No appointmnet is necessary - simply check-in inside the library.  Enrollment Specialist, Medical Provider, Veterans Service Officers on site.  If availab...read more
Newman Wee Move and Play
10:00 am
 Newman Wee Move and Play
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10:00 am
Newman Library
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.  
Ceres Library Book Club for Adults
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ceres Library Book Club for Adults
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pmCeres Library Book C
Ceres Library
This month we will be reading Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library, by Don Borchert.

 Don Borchert was a short-order cook, door-to-door salesman, telemarketer, and Christmas-tree-chopper before landing a job in a California library. He never could have pre...read more
Book Worm Book Club- Ish by Peter Reynolds
3:00 pm
Book Worm Book Club- Ish by Peter Reynolds
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 3:00 pm
Oakdale Library
A book club for kids! Children will listen to a story, discuss it and do a related activity. This book club meets monthly and sign ups are not required. 
Character Bottle Planters
3:00 pm
 Character Bottle Planters
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 3:00 pm
Hughson Library
Craft creative character planters out of a plastic bottle bottom. 
 
Free Knit and Crochet Class
3:00 pm
 Free Knit and Crochet Class
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 3:00 pmFree Knit and Croche
Waterford
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191.
Patterson LEGO® Day
3:30 pm
 Patterson LEGO® Day
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 3:30 pm
Patterson Library
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO®read more
Modesto LEGO® Play
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Modesto LEGO® Play
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 3:30 - 4:30 pmModesto LEGO® Pl
Modesto Library
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library. LEGO...read more
MoSt Poetry Book Club
6:30 - 7:30 pm
 MoSt Poetry Book Club
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Modesto Library
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 fa...read more
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Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Thursday, Apr. 25, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
(April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )

Patterson Library
Buy gently used books at bargain prices!
Hardbacks $1.00
Paperbacks $0.50
Children's Books $0.25-$0.50 
Wednesday, April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Thursday, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Friday, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Friday is $5 fill-a-bag day. 
&nbs...read more
Oakdale LEGO® Day
3:00 pm
 Oakdale LEGO® Day
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:00 pm
Oakdale Library
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. (1 hour)
Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark ...read more
Hughson LEGO® Day
3:00 pm
 Hughson LEGO® Day
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:00 pm
Hughson Library
LEGO® Day: 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...read more
Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers
3:30 pm
Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:30 pm
Empire Library
Kids will enjoy this fun, challenging STEM* project.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Día: Day of the Child/Day of the Book
3:30 pm
Día: Day of the Child/Day of the Book
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:30 pm
Ceres Library
Bilingual Story Time, crafts, and free book giveaways to children while supplies last. 
Homework Club
3:30 pm
 Homework Club
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:30 pm
Patterson Library
Join our after-school Homework Club and do your homework at the library. We'll have volunteer homework helpers on hand to help you with homework questions. For grades K-6 only. Registration required. Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm & Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm.
Newman LEGO® Day
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
 Newman LEGO® Day
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Newman Library
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 ...read more
Craft Day - Flower Painting
4:00 pm
 Craft Day - Flower Painting
Thursday, Apr. 25, 4:00 pm
Denair Library
Springtime brings beautiful flowers to the hills and valleys. We will be making our own painted flowers at the Denair Library to decorate your home. The paint, egg carton, and other supplies will be provided for this craft.
Modesto Family Book Club
4:00 pm
 Modesto Family Book Club
Thursday, Apr. 25, 4:00 pm
Modesto Library
Come together for a fun family read-aloud and discussion!  We'll be talking about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and get you started on the The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the May discussion.
Tween Book-to-Movie Club
4:00 pm
 Tween Book-to-Movie Club
Thursday, Apr. 25, 4:00 pm
Salida Library
Designed for ages 8-12. Watch the movie, read the book, and discuss! Join us for a book discussion, games and activities around our current book club selection, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Please contact the library about reserving a copy of the book at 209-543-7353.&...read more
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Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Friday, Apr. 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
(April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )

Patterson Library
Buy gently used books at bargain prices!
Hardbacks $1.00
Paperbacks $0.50
Children's Books $0.25-$0.50 
Wednesday, April 24: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Thursday, April 25: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Friday, April 26: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Friday is $5 fill-a-bag day. 
&nbs...read more
Denair Preschool Story Time
10:30 am
 Denair Preschool Story Time
Friday, Apr. 26, 10:30 am
Denair Library
New and classic picture books, flannelboard and prop stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their caregivers. (30 minutes)
Crochet Club
3:00 pm
 Crochet Club
Friday, Apr. 26, 3:00 pm
Patterson Library
Learn basic crochet techniques with Instructor Prithika Singh, or just come and hang out with other crochet learners and enthusiasts. Please bring your own crochet hooks. Yarn will be provided. 
Salida LEGO® Day
3:00 pm
 Salida LEGO® Day
Friday, Apr. 26, 3:00 pm
Salida Library
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library. LEGO® play helps children delevlop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision.
This program is part of the Tuesdays Are Family Days at the Salid...read more
Modesto DIY Kids: Earthquake Table
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Modesto DIY Kids: Earthquake Table
Friday, Apr. 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Modesto Library
Build marshmallow and toothpick towers and try to topple them on our earthquake table at this STEAM program. Children must be supervised by an adult.
STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
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International Tabletop Day!
All Day
 International Tabletop Day!
Saturday, Apr. 27, All Day
Turlock Library

Join us to celebrate International Tabletop Day with a day-long gaming event! Bring your favorite board games or choose games from our collection! Bring your friends, or meet some new people to play alongside! &nb...read more

Modesto Día Celebration!
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
 Modesto Día Celebration!
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Modesto Library
Celebrate Día de los niños, día de los libros, Childrens book day with us! Enjoy a special Bilingual Story Time, crafts, activities, and snacks. A variety of service organizations will provide information to participants. Each child will also receive a free new book while suppli...read more
Family Game Day
3:00 pm
 Family Game Day
Saturday, Apr. 27, 3:00 pm
Salida Library
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.
 
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Estate Planning for Caregivers
10:00 to 11:30 am
 Estate Planning for Caregivers
Monday, Apr. 29, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Ceres Library
Are you a full-time or part-time care provider for a family member or loved one? Have you thought about who would be the caregiver if you were no longer there? Do you have questions about how to make an estate plan, or what it is? Do you have questions or amendments to make to an existing estate pla...read more
Modesto Wiggle Worms
10:15 and 11:15 am
 Modesto Wiggle Worms
Monday, Apr. 29, 10:15 and 11:15 am
Modesto Library
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 and Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay and Play Social
Monday, Apr. 29, 10:30 am
Patterson Library
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.
Painting for Adults
4:00 pm
 Painting for Adults
Monday, Apr. 29, 4:00 pm
Patterson Library
We'll teach you step-by-step how to paint a landscape. All materials are provided free of charge. Registration required. To register, please visit or call 209-892-6473. 
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Dia Celebration!
10:00 am
 Dia Celebration!
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 10:00 am
Waterford Library
Families can enjoy a special Bilingual Story Time and craft. Each child will receive a new book and toy, while supplies last.
Modesto Wiggle Worms
10:15 and 11:15 am
 Modesto Wiggle Worms
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 10:15 and 11:15 am
Modesto Library
Enjoy storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. (20 minutes)
Computer Basics: Part 2
10:30 am
 Computer Basics: Part 2
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 10:30 am
Oakdale Library
A basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. This program is a continuation of Computer Basics: Part 1.  Advance registration is required. Call 209-847-4204 to sign up.
ESL Workshop: Collaborative Connections - Conexiones Colaborativas
12:15 to 1:30 pm
ESL Workshop: Collaborative Connections - Conexiones Colaborativas
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
Modesto Library
This is an interactive, video-streamed series for ESL adults to improve language skills and learn about community and library resources. 
Es una serie interactiva, transmitida por videos, para adultos de ESL para mejorar su habilidad de lenguaje y aprender sobre los recursos en la comunida...read more
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
3:30 pm
 Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:30 pm
Empire Library
In a library not so far away...participants will have to use the Force to identify objects and locations to win prizes.
Homework Club
3:30 pm
 Homework Club
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:30 pm
Patterson Library
Join our after-school Homework Club and do your homework at the library. We'll have volunteer homework helpers on hand to help you with homework questions. For grades K-6 only. Registration required. Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm & Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm.
Newman LEGO® Derby Tournament
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Newman LEGO® Derby Tournament
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Newman Library
Build a LEGO® race car and compete against others in a tournament on the race track. Put your LEGO® Derby Car on display at the library. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
Disclaimer: LEGO...read more
STEAM* Challenges
4:00 pm
 STEAM* Challenges
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 4:00 pm
Salida Library
Test your engineering skills! Make a popsicle stick bridge strong enough to hold up a pile of books, design a boat that can float with a stack of pennies on board, and build a tower from index cards, tape, and paper clips.  
(*STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
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Turlock Día
4:00 pm
 Turlock Día
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 4:00 pm
Turlock Library
Come celebrate Día de los niños/ día de los libros, or Children's Book Day at the Turlock Library. The library will offer crafts, activities and a special bilingual Story Time. Each child will receive a free new book while supplies last.
    
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