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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Create Your Own Holiday Cards
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Create Your Own Holiday Cards
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Newman
Forgot to pick up a holiday card? Don't worry! Stop by the library to create your own. Use a variety of craft supplies to make one-of-a-kind cards that will wow your friends and family this holiday season.
Modesto Read to a Dog
2:00 - 4:00 pm
 Modesto Read to a Dog
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 - 4:00 pmModesto Read to a Do
Modesto
Between 2 and 4 p.m. kids can read to a dog certified by Therapy Dogs Alliance at this first come, first served drop in program. This program gives children a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere to practice reading aloud. Call 209-558-7810 for more information. Designed for independent readers up...read more
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Stay and Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay and Play Social
Monday, Dec. 17, 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.
Kids Cookie Decorating
4:00 pm
 Kids Cookie Decorating
Monday, Dec. 17, 4:00 pm
Salida
Kids aged 6-12 are welcome to come down to the library and decorate a sweet treat! Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of this program.
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Stay and Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay and Play Social
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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.
Reindeer craft
3:30-4:30 pm
 Reindeer craft
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 3:30-4:30 pm
Waterford
Join us for some reindeer fun as we make a playful ornament sure to bring holiday cheer.
Build It!
3:30 pm
 Build It!
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 3:30 pm
Empire
Children can design masterpieces with foam blocks, magnetic tiles, marble run, and a variety of other building materials.
Turlock Art Lab: Snowman Stamps
4:00 pm
 Turlock Art Lab: Snowman Stamps
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4:00 pm
Turlock
In this basic introduction to relief printmaking, children will create a snowman stamp out of foam sheets and cardboard, using tempura paint to make their prints. Materials will be provided while supplies last. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.
Family Dinner and Movie Night: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
6:00 pm
Family Dinner and Movie Night: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:00 pm
Salida

Children and their families can enjoy a family-friendly movie and picnic dinner at the library. This month's movie is the animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Children may come in their pajamas. Bring a picnic dinner and ...read more

Modesto Glow-in-the-dark Story Time
6:15 pm
Modesto Glow-in-the-dark Story Time
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:15 pm
Modesto
It's dark outside but we'll light up the auditorium with stories that glow! We will turn the lights out for most of this Story Time but we'll bring out the glow sticks too! 
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LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Open hours
 LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Wednesday, Dec. 19, Open hours
Denair
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.
Newman Wee Move and Play
10:30 am
 Newman Wee Move and Play
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10:30 am
Newman
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.  
Mary Poppins Bash
1:00-5:00 pm
 Mary Poppins Bash
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:00-5:00 pm
Hughson
Today is the day Hughson library staff has been planning all year! It's our Mary Poppins Bash! Come join us and celebrate one of the greatest characters in children's literature. Make a kite, an umbrella, and a chimney sweep. Measure yourself with Mary's magic tape. Pin the bow tie ...read more
Free Knit and Crochet Class
3:00 pm
 Free Knit and Crochet Class
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:00 pmFree Knit and Croche
Waterford
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191.
Modesto LEGO® Play
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Modesto LEGO® Play
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:30 - 4:30 pmModesto LEGO® Pl
Modesto Library
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library. LEGO...read more
Ornament Painting
3:30 pm
 Ornament Painting
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:30 pm
Oakdale
Children can paint preformed wood ornaments ideal for hanging on the wall or a tree. 
 
Faux Snow Craft
3:30 pm
 Faux Snow Craft
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:30 pm
Patterson
Make realistic faux snow out of baking powder and hair conditioner, then build a mini-snowman.
Book and Craft: Just Add Glitter
4:00 pm
Book and Craft: Just Add Glitter
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4:00 pm
Salida
After reading the story, Just Add Glitter by Angela DiTerlizzi, children are invited to make some sparkly crafts. Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of this program.
Friends of the Waterford Library Meeting
4:00 pm
Friends of the Waterford Library Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4:00 pm
Waterford
All are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Waterford Library. Come by and support your local library.   
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Paint Sample Holiday Card
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Paint Sample Holiday Card
Thursday, Dec. 20, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Keyes
Explore your color palate by using paint sample cards and other materials to create festive holiday cards for friends and loved ones.
Mom tea and Toddler dot art
10:00-11:30 am
 Mom tea and Toddler dot art
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:00-11:30 am
Hughson
Mothers, grandmothers, and all caregivers of toddlers and infants are welcome to come to have tea and hot cocoa and chat while your little ones create winter themed art with dot paint. 
 
Harry Potter Escape Room
3:00-5:00 pm
 Harry Potter Escape Room
Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:00-5:00 pm
Salida
Designed for ages 9-18. Escape from detention with Professor Snape before the Hogwarts Express leaves for winter break! Sign up starting December 1 to try to escape in 45 minutes or less. Space is limited and registration is required.
Newman LEGO® Day
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
 Newman LEGO® Day
Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 pm-4:30 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.
Disclaimer: LEGO® is ...read more
Ceres LEGO® Day
3:30 pm
 Ceres LEGO® Day
Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 pm
Ceres

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 parent...read more

Gingerbread House Craft
3:30 pm
 Gingerbread House Craft
Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 pm
Empire
Kids can decorate yummy graham cracker houses. All supplies and tasty treats will be provided.
Great Valley Museum: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
4 pm
Great Valley Museum: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
Thursday, Dec. 20, 4 pm
Modesto
Step back 65 million years and explore some of the creatures that once roamed Earth. Learn how dinosaurs were different from other animals. This STEAM* program will be presented by MJC Great Valley Museum Traveling Teachers and includes lots of fossils!

*STEAM = Science, Technology, Engin...read more
Craft Day - Festive Ornaments
4:00 pm
 Craft Day - Festive Ornaments
Thursday, Dec. 20, 4:00 pm
Denair
In need of a new ornament? Come to our library to make a fun decoration out of popsickle sticks and other craft supplies. Several ornament examples will be available to replicate. Materials required will be provided.
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Winter All Ages Coloring Party
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Winter All Ages Coloring Party
Friday, Dec. 21, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmWinter All Ages Colo
Modesto

Celebrate the new winter season and upcoming holiday with a day of coloring...read more

Harry Potter Escape Room
11:00 am-1:00 pm
 Harry Potter Escape Room
Friday, Dec. 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Salida
Designed for ages 9-18. Escape from detention with Professor Snape before the Hogwarts Express leaves for winter break! Sign up starting December 1 to try to escape in 45 minutes or less. Space is limited and registration is required.
Salida LEGO® Day
3:00 pm
 Salida LEGO® Day
Friday, Dec. 21, 3:00 pm
Salida
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
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Christmas Holiday
All day
 Christmas Holiday
Monday, Dec. 24
All Locations
Libraries are closed.
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Christmas Holiday
All day
 Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, Dec. 25
All Locations
Libraries are closed.
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LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Open hours
 LEGO® DUPLO® Day
Wednesday, Dec. 26, Open hours
Denair
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.
Newman Wee Move and Play
10:30 am
 Newman Wee Move and Play
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 10:30 am
Newman
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.  
Free Knit and Crochet Class
3:00 pm
 Free Knit and Crochet Class
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 3:00 pmFree Knit and Croche
Waterford
All experience levels welcome! Please call the Waterford Library to RSVP: (209) 874-2191.
Modesto LEGO® Play
3:30 - 4:30 pm
 Modesto LEGO® Play
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pmModesto LEGO® Pl
Modesto Library
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® displays for the library. LEGO...read more
Patterson LEGO® Day
3:30 pm
 Patterson LEGO® Day
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 3:30 pm
Patterson
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO®read more
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Oakdale LEGO® Day
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Oakdale LEGO® Day
Thursday, Dec. 27, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oakdale
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
New Year’s Noisemaker Workshop!
3:30 pm
New Year’s Noisemaker Workshop!
Thursday, Dec. 27, 3:30 pm
Ceres
Ring in 2019 with a cacophony of noise! Make your own joyful noisemakers with us.  We will provide all the materials.  All ages welcome.  Ages 5 and under will require direct adult supervision.  
Snow Crafts
4:00 pm
 Snow Crafts
Thursday, Dec. 27, 4:00 pm
Salida
Let it snow! Join us for snow-centered crafts and activities. Make snowmen, snowflakes, and more! Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision. Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of this program.
Craft Day - New Year’s Crazy Party Hats
4:00 pm
Craft Day - New Year’s Crazy Party Hats
Thursday, Dec. 27, 4:00 pm
Denair
2019 is around the corner, and you're going to need a crazy party hat to celebrate!  We have a plethora of craft supplies and doodads to choose from to make some awesome headwear. All craft supplies will be provided.
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Modesto Dance & Play
10:15 am
 Modesto Dance & Play
Friday, Dec. 28, 10:15 am
Modesto
We're going to break out the shakers, scarves, and Story Time music! Join us for this music-filled 30 minutes of fun for kids!
Salida LEGO® Day
3:00 pm
 Salida LEGO® Day
Friday, Dec. 28, 3:00 pm
Salida
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
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Quilling: The art of paper curling
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Quilling: The art of paper curling
Saturday, Dec. 29, 1:30 - 3:00 pmQuilling: The art of
Modesto
Discover the wonder of paper curling, also known as quilling! Make a greeting card to take with you. Best for ages 8 through adult.
 
Crochet for Beginners
2:00 to 4:00 pm
 Crochet for Beginners
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Denair
Learn basic techniques from a crochet instructor. Please bring your own crochet hooks. Yarn will be provided. 
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New Year’s at Noon
10:30 am
 New Year’s at Noon
Monday, Dec. 31, 10:30 am
Oakdale
Join us for a Dance Party Story Time. We will read and dance until the clock strikes noon. This program is ideal for toddlers and children up to age 6.
Stay and Play Social
10:30 am
 Stay and Play Social
Monday, Dec. 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.
Noon Year’s Eve
11:30 am
 Noon Year’s Eve
Monday, Dec. 31, 11:30 am
Salida
We’re too excited to wait until midnight! Come to the library for Noon Year’s Eve and celebrate the beginning of 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Join us for New Year’s Eve crafts and activities, including a 12:00 p.m. balloon drop! Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk one hour...read more
     
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