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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 Library
Monday, Jul. 15, 2 - 3:30 pm
Teens: Join us in the Maker Space where you can unleash your creativity by painting a rock!

Snacks will be provided. 

This program is designed for ages 13 - 18.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Turlock Library
Tuesday, Jul. 16, 4 pm
or call --209-664-8100.
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8. Registration is required as space is limited. Please individually register each person attending.  Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Ceres Library
Wednesday, Jul. 17, 4 pm
or call --209-537-8938.
In this 90-minute program, children will learn how to take care of nature on their outdoor adventures. This program is open to children of all ages and will be taught by the Girl Scouts. Children will rotate between different stations located at the Ceres Library and the Ceres Community Center. Sponsored by Girl Scouts & City of Ceres.
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Patterson Library
Thursday, Jul. 18, 1 pm
Calling all teens: Try the Patterson Library's newest addition, the Nintendo Switch! In addition to the Switch, there will be board games, puzzles, and more! Refreshments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsored by Friends of the Patterson Library.
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MoSt Summer Poetry W
Modesto Library
Saturday, Jul. 20, 1 - 3 pm

Write new poetry, funny or frightening, about dreadful things. Gillian Wegener, who is generally not scary, will facilitate this program. 

This program will take place in the Modesto Library Auditorium.

Sponsored by Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt), Friends of the Modesto Library.
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Taylor Swift Kahoot!
Modesto Library
Saturday, Jul. 20, 1 - 3 pm
or call --209-558-7814.
Are you the ultimate Swiftie?! Then you'll want to join us for an afternoon of Taylor Swift trivia. Teens are invited to come and compete for prizes as a team or individually. For this trivia event, we will be using the free Kahoot! app. Each team may have between one and four players. All teams must have a smartphone or tablet capable of downloading the Kahoot! app.

This event will take place in the Modesto Library Maker Space. Save your seat by registering for this event; please register each person attending individually.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Modesto Library
Monday, Jul. 22, 3 pm
or call --209-558-7814.
Join us and create a unique piece of art using different kinds of dried beans! Make a pattern with colorful beans or paint your own fun colors with provided acrylics. Learn about color, texture, and shape as your design or picture comes to life. 

This program is designed for ages 13 - 18.

Please individually register each person attending. Call 209-558-7814 for more information. Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Newman Library
Monday, Jul. 22, 3:30 pm
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8.  Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Modesto Library
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2 pm
Tweens and Teens: Prepare for the first day of school and join us in the Maker Space to make a custom pencil pouch or cosmetic bag! Learn to use Canva and print with sublimation ink to heat press transfer an original logo, picture, or design to a 5" x 7" bag. All materials will be provided. 

For ages 9 - 18. All participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.

Please individually register each person attending. Call 209-558-7814 for more information.
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Keyes Library
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 1 pm
or call --209-664-8006.
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Registration is required as space is limited. Please register each person (child, parent, adult guardian, etc.) attending individually, or call 209-664-8006 to sign up. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8. Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Modesto Library
Thursday, Jul. 25, 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. For more information, please call HICAP at 209-558-8698. 
  Sponsored by Stanislaus County Department Of Aging And Veterans Services, HICAP.
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Waterford Library
Monday, Jul. 29, 1 pm
or call --209-874-2191.
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8. Registration is required as space is limited. Please individually register each person attending or contact the library at 209-874-2191 to sign up. Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Teen Friendship Brac
Modesto Library
Monday, Jul. 29, 4 - 6 pm
Teens, drop in and make friendship bracelets with us. Whether it's Taylor Swift -style or book-themed, we want to see your best creations. All materials will be provided. 

This program will take place in the Maker Space in the Modesto Library.  Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library .
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Hughson Library
Tuesday, Jul. 30, 4 pm
or call --209-883-2293.
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8. Registration is required as space is limited. Please individually register each person attending.  Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Modesto Library
Wednesday, Jul. 31, 9:30 am
Join Modesto Library storytellers outside in the Gallo Center Music Garden for stories and music, weather permitting. The Gallo Center is located at 1000 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354.
 
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Riverbank Library
Wednesday, Jul. 31, 1:30 pm
or call --209-869-7008.
Join us and the Modesto Children's Museum, and get ready to hold on tight! This guided inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. Scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across walls. With recycled flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. 

Recommended for learners from Grades 2 - 8. Registration is required as space is limited. Please individually register each person attending (children and adult caregivers), or contact the library at 209-869-7008. Sponsored by Modesto Children’s Museum.
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Modesto Library
Thursday, Aug. 1, 10:30 am
or call --209-558-7814.
Join us in the Maker Space and design your very own t-shirt! Learn to use Canva and print with sublimation ink to heat press transfer an original logo, picture, or design to a white t-shirt. All materials, including a white T-shirt, will be provided. 

This program is designed for adults. All participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.
 
Please individually register each person attending. Please note: Each participant will be able to design an image for a white T-shirt; a T-shirt size will be required when registering. Call 209-558-7814 for more information.

Please note: If you would like a specific image on your T-shirt, such as a photo, please have access to it electronically, either through a Flash Drive or email account.
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Patterson Library
Thursday, Aug. 1, 1 pm
Patterson now has a Nintendo Switch! In addition to the Switch, there will be board games, puzzles, and more! Refreshments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is open to people of all ages; however, please note that some games may have content suitable for ages 10 and up (rated E10+).  Sponsored by Friends of the Patterson Library.
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Modesto Library
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2:30 pm
or call --209-558-7814.
Join us in designing your very own t-shirt so you can head back to school in style! Learn to use Canva and print with sublimation ink to heat press transfer an original logo, picture, or design to a white t-shirt. All materials, including a white T-shirt, will be provided. 

For ages 12 - 18. All participants must have basic computer and mouse skills.
 
Please individually register each person attending. Please note: Each participant will be able to design an image for a white T-shirt; a T-shirt size will be required when registering. Call 209-558-7814 for more information.

Please note: If you would like a specific image on your T-shirt, such as a photo, please have access to it electronically, either through a Flash Drive or email account.
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Turlock Library
Saturday, Aug. 3, 12 pm
Independent readers up to age 12 are invited to practice their reading skills with the special Read to a Dog program at the Turlock Library. This program is designed to help children gain confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.
Please register the readers online to participate. Space is limited.
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