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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Virtual Book Chat: S
Virtual
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2 pm

Let's talk about books! Our theme for August is science! Is there a science topic or book you've read lately that you would like to highlight? Let's talk about it. This virtual event is a fun and easy way to discuss books with other book lovers. We meet on Zoom monthly to chat about what we are reading, or what we have read, focused around a general theme. Register to receive the Zoom link. Questions? Call 209-558-7814.

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Salida Library
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5:30 pm
Children and their families can enjoy a family-friendly movie at the library. This month's movie is the animated film Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). Children can come in their pajamas. Bring a blanket to sit on and cozy up! 

Registration is required. Please register everyone attending Family Movie Night individually.  
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Modesto Library
Thursday, Aug. 18, 8 - 11 am

Senior citizens are invited to stop by the Modesto Library to learn about resources that are available to them. Representatives from organizations/programs, including HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program), Veteran's Services, Health Services Agency, and others, will be on hand to answer questions and help with enrollment into programs. Participants are invited to visit booths along the library's portico to learn about free resources while enjoying light refreshments and a free prize drawing. 


  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library, Area Agency on Aging, HICAP.
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Author Talk with Dr.
Virtual
Monday, Aug. 22, 6 pm
Join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Michele Harper as she highlights the lessons learned on her inspiring personal journey of discovery and self-reflection as written in her New York Times Best Selling memoir, The Beauty in Breaking. Her story, as a female, African-American ER physician involves beginning a new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman.

The Beauty in Breaking speaks about how each of us are broken—physically and emotionally, how we go about recognizing those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there as all equally crucial parts of the healing process. You are invited to a riveting and powerful conversation of self-healing with Q&A to follow!

Author Talks are held via Zoom, and you can register for the Zoom link here. For more information about upcoming virtual author talks, visit https://tinyurl.com/stan-authortalk.
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Fall Vegetable Garde
Modesto Library
Monday, Aug. 22, 6:15 pm
Did you know you can grow vegetable plants in fall? Grow your own salad by planting leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, and Swiss Chard, and root vegetables like carrots, beets and radishes. These plants can be grown in the ground or in containers. Great class for beginning gardeners. Join the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County and the Modesto Library for this great class. This class will take place in the Modesto Library Auditorium. Masks are strongly recommended inside the library for all persons, regardless of vaccine status. 


  Sponsored by UCCE Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County .
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Salida LEGO® Day
Salida Library
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 4 pm
LEGO® Day is back!

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® creations that will then be displayed in the library. Children 4 and under are welcome to participate, however they must have direct parental supervision. 

Disclaimer: LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies. 
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Virtual
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 11:30 am
This month we will be discussing The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts.

"Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-just like the sign says." (Description from Amazon.com)

The library has a limited number of copies available to check out. Please contact the Ceres Library or your local branch to reserve a copy.  Sponsored by Friends of the Ceres Library.
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Author Talk with Liz
Virtual
Thursday, Aug. 25, 9 am
Join us as we sit down in conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times Best Selling author, researcher, and executive adviser as she showcases her latest book Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact and discusses why some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions. 

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives worldwide. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller for multiple titles and the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. You are invited to take the lead and multiply your impact by joining the conversation! An author Q&A to follow!

Author Talks are held via Zoom, and you can register for the Zoom link here. For more information about upcoming virtual author talks, visit https://tinyurl.com/stan-authortalk.
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Ceres Library
Thursday, Aug. 25, 3:30 pm
Ceres Gardening Club member Manjeet Dosanjh (Certified Gardening Consultant, NGC) will teach children how flowers help our vegetable gardens grow. Children will learn about pollination and take home flower seeds to grow.  Sponsored by Ceres Gardening Club.
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Stress-Free Saturday
Modesto Library
Saturday, Sep. 3, 1 - 4 pm
Adults: Let us help you de-stress this summer. Join us in the Makerspace Room of the Modesto Library for activities that will help you relax. Activity stations include a zen garden, relaxation cards, coloring, planting seedlings, and more. Registration is not required, and drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call the Modesto Library Reference Desk at 209-558-7814.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Ceres Library
Tuesday, Sep. 6, 11:30 am
Story Time features books, stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and more! It is designed for children under 5 to participate with their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Per the California Department of Public Health, masks are strongly recommended inside the library for all persons over the age of 2, regardless of vaccine status. 
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Author Talk with Dr.
Virtual
Thursday, Sep. 8, 11 am
Join us for a thought-provoking webinar with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk-averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. So how can we teach them to be mentally strong and more successful? Dr. Michele Borba empowers educators and parents to help kids thrive in today’s fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Through her research, she found the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down to the personal traits that set Thrivers apart and set them up for happiness and a greater potential later in life. Dr. Borba will teach you practical, actionable ways to develop these Thrivers traits for kids and show you how to teach them to cope today so that they can flourish tomorrow in school and life. These are lessons that will last a lifetime. Author Q&A to follow the presentation! 

Author Talks are held via Zoom, and you can register for the Zoom link here. For more information about upcoming virtual author talks, visit https://tinyurl.com/stan-authortalk.
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Salida LEGO® Day
Salida Library
Thursday, Sep. 8, 4 pm
LEGO® Day is back!

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® creations that will then be displayed in the library. Children 4 and under are welcome to participate, however they must have direct parental supervision. 

Disclaimer: LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
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Ceres Library
Tuesday, Sep. 13, 11:30 am
Story Time features books, stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and more! It is designed for children under 5 to participate with their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Per the California Department of Public Health, masks are strongly recommended inside the library for all persons over the age of 2, regardless of vaccine status. 
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Look Up: Discover Fi
Salida Library
Tuesday, Sep. 13, 4 pm
Join us as we take a look at the first images from the James Webb Telescope, discover what they mean, and learn more about the life cycle of a star!

Space is limited. Register all people attending (adults, children, and infants) individually.

Per the California Department of Public Health, masks are strongly recommended inside the library for all persons over the age of 2, regardless of vaccine status.
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Author Talk with Sim
Virtual
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 11 am
Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author's personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best-selling author he is today.  A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them. You are invited to submit questions at registration and during the chat. 

Author Talks are held via Zoom, and you can register for the Zoom link here. For more information about upcoming virtual author talks, visit https://tinyurl.com/stan-authortalk.
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Ceres Library
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 11:30 am
Story Time features books, stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and more! It is designed for children under 5 to participate with their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Per the California Department of Public Health, masks are strongly recommended inside the library for all persons over the age of 2, regardless of vaccine status. 
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Salida Library
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 5:30 pm
Children and their families can enjoy a family-friendly movie at the library. This month's movie is the Dreamworks animated film Spirit Untamed. Children can come in their pajamas. Bring a blanket to sit on and cozy up! 

Registration is required. Please register everyone attending Family Movie Night individually.  
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Ceres Library
Thursday, Sep. 22, 3:30 pm
Ceres Gardening Club member Manjeet Dosanjh (Certified Gardening Consultant, NGC) will teach children the important role cacti and succulents play in our environment in this beginning gardening program. Succulent cuttings will be provided. Sponsored by Ceres Gardening Club.
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Salida LEGO® Day
Salida Library
Thursday, Sep. 22, 4 pm
LEGO® Day is back!

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO® creations that will then be displayed in the library. Children 4 and under are welcome to participate, however they must have direct parental supervision. 

Disclaimer: LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies.  Sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library.
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