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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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Get Crafty @ the Patterson Library
10 am to 12 pm
Get Crafty @ the Patterson Library
Saturday, Apr. 13, 10 am to 12 pm
Patterson Library
Do you love to work on craft projects but don't have the space or keep getting interrupted by life? Would you like to meet other like-minded crafters? If so, come to the library's community room and spread out. We'll supply the space and the big tables. You bring your own project to work...read more
Día at the Salida Library
10 am - 1 pm
 Día at the Salida Library
Saturday, Apr. 13, 10 am - 1 pm
Salida Library
Join us for Día de los niños, día de los libros, or Children's Book Day! Celebrate children, reading, and our multicultural community. A Bilingual Story Time will take place at the start of our celebration at 10 am, followed by crafts and other activities. Potter the Ot...read more
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at Riverbank Library
2 pm
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at Riverbank Library
Saturday, Apr. 13, 2 pm
Riverbank Library
Honeybees get a lot of credit for pollinating flowers, but they aren't the only hard workers. Learn to identify the helpful pollinators in your garden and see examples of plants you can grow to attract them.
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Dragonfly Craft
3 - 4 pm
 Dragonfly Craft
Monday, Apr. 15, 3 - 4 pm
Oakdale Library
Create a colorful dragonfly using crafts sticks, pom-poms, and more. All ages are welcome. 
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Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Denair Library
2 pm
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Denair Library
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2 pm
Denair Library
Honeybees get a lot of credit for pollinating flowers, but they aren't the only hard workers. Learn to identify the helpful pollinators in your garden and see examples of plants you can grow to attract them. Program is held every third Tuesday of the month. For more information, call the De...read more
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Tortured Poets: Swifty Night
4 pm
 Tortured Poets: Swifty Night
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 4 pmTortured Poets: Swif
Salida Library
Looking forward to Taylor’s new album? Join us in April for a National Poetry Month & Swifty mash-up! Play Taylor Swift trivia, make friendship bracelets, and make blackout poetry out of recycled books. 
Author Talks- A Literary Examination of Power, Love, and Art with Xochitl Gonzalez
5 pm
Author Talks- A Literary Examination of Power, Love, and Art with Xochitl Gonzalez
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 5 pmAuthor Talks- A Lite
Virtual
We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is le...read more
Turlock Chess Club
5 pm
 Turlock Chess Club
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 5 pm
Turlock Library
Do you like to play chess? Whether you are an amateur, a master, or somewhere between, bring your board to meet and play against others for practice or friendly competition. 
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Open Sew in the Modesto Maker Space
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Open Sew in the Modesto Maker Space
Thursday, Apr. 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Modesto Library
Do you need to use a sewing machine? Sign up for Open Sew at the Modesto Library! Bring your projects, and we'll provide the sewing machines, irons, and sewing tools (measuring tapes, seam rippers, pins, etc.). Open Sew is designed for ages 12 and older and will be held in the library's...read more

Bubbles and Chalk!
3 - 4 pm
 Bubbles and Chalk!
Thursday, Apr. 18, 3 - 4 pm
Oakdale Library
Come enjoy our Outdoor Educational Space! We will have lots of bubbles and sidewalk chalk to use and enjoy. All ages welcome.
Rock Painting at the Denair Library
3:30 pm
Rock Painting at the Denair Library
Thursday, Apr. 18, 3:30 pm
Denair Library
Turn a simple rock into a piece of art for your shelf or garden. We will provide rocks; however, you are welcome to bring your own. Painting supplies will be provided as well. For ages 3 and up. Space is limited; contact the library at 209-634-1283 to sign up.
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Sewing: Reusable Make-up Remover Pads
1 pm
Sewing: Reusable Make-up Remover Pads
Friday, Apr. 19, 1 pm
Turlock Library
Learn to sew a reusable make-up remover pad. Materials will be provided. If you want to upcycle an old washcloth, bring it along and make your make-up pad with an exfoliating side. This program is designed for ages 18 and up.
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Friends of the Oakdale Library Meeting
1:30 pm
Friends of the Oakdale Library Meeting
Monday, Apr. 22, 1:30 pm
Oakdale Library
The Friends of the Oakdale Library invite you to attend their monthly meeting, held at the library on the fourth Monday of each month. Come by and support your local library! 
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Modesto Library
5:30 pm
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Modesto Library
Monday, Apr. 22, 5:30 pmGardening for Pollin
Modesto Library
Honeybees get a lot of credit for pollinating flowers, but they aren't the only hard workers. Learn to identify the helpful pollinators in your garden and see examples of plants you can grow to attract them. This class will take place in the Modesto Library Auditorium.
MoSt Poetry Book Club
6:30 pm
 MoSt Poetry Book Club
Monday, Apr. 22, 6:30 pmMoSt Poetry Book Clu
Modesto Library
Join us for a quarterly poetry book club sponsored by the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt). Each meeting will focus on a different book of poetry. Teens and adults can share their favorite poems and discuss the poet's style. We will meet in the Modesto Library Maker Space. At th...read more
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Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10 am - 5 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 10 am - 5 pm
Patterson Library
Come to the Friends of the Patterson Library book sale! Gently used books are $1 for a hardback and $.50 for a paperback. We also have DVDs and puzzles. All proceeds fund programs at the Patterson Library.
Denair Library Book Club
1 pm
 Denair Library Book Club
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 1 pm
Denair Library
This month, the book club will discuss The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Join us at the Denair Library and share your love of books! For more information, call 209-634-1283.
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Waterford Library
2 pm
Gardening for Pollinators with the Master Gardeners at the Waterford Library
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2 pm
Waterford Library
Honeybees get a lot of credit for pollinating flowers, but they aren't the only hard workers. Learn to identify the helpful pollinators in your garden and see examples of plants you can grow to attract them. 
How to Care for Orchids
6 pm
 How to Care for Orchids
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 6 pm
Salida Library
Learn how to care for orchids from local expert Sue Wedegaetner. This is a beginner's guide for everything you need to know to care for your orchids so they thrive every year. If you have questions about your orchid, bring in your orchid or a photo.
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Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Open Hours
Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Wednesday, Apr. 24, Open Hours
Hughson Library
Join us for our Friends of the Hughson Library book sale. Shop a selection of gently used books for all ages, at bargain prices.
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10 am - 5 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10 am - 5 pm
Patterson Library
Come to the Friends of the Patterson Library book sale! Gently used books are $1 for a hardback and $.50 for a paperback. We also have DVDs and puzzles. All proceeds fund programs at the Patterson Library.
Virtual Book Club for Adults: The Tin Ticket
11:30 am
Virtual Book Club for Adults: The Tin Ticket
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 11:30 am
Virtual
This month's selection is The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Austalia's Convict Women. Historian Deborah J. Swiss tells the heartbreaking, horrifying, and ultimately triumphant story of the women exiled from the British Isles and forced into slavery and savagery-who created the most ...read more

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Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Open Hours
Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Thursday, Apr. 25, Open Hours
Hughson Library
Join us for our Friends of the Hughson Library book sale. Shop a selection of gently used books for all ages, at bargain prices.
Día at the Denair Library
10 am - 6 pm
 Día at the Denair Library
Thursday, Apr. 25, 10 am - 6 pm
Denair Library
Join us for Día de los niños, día de los libros, or Children's Book Day! Celebrate children, reading, and our multicultural community. Free books and take-home crafts for kids will be available during open hours while supplies last!This project is supported in whole or in pa...read more
Coloring & Coffee
10 am - 12 pm
 Coloring & Coffee
Thursday, Apr. 25, 10 am - 12 pm
Modesto Library
Drop by the Maker Space for a relaxing start to your day! Enjoy a cup of coffee from our Keurig (or bring your own!) and relax while you color and socialize. All coloring materials and complimentary coffee or tea will be provided. This program is designed for ages 18 & up.Call 209-558-7814 ...read more
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
10 am - 5 pm
Friends of the Patterson Library Book Sale
Thursday, Apr. 25, 10 am - 5 pm
Patterson Library
Come to the Friends of the Patterson Library book sale! Gently used books are $1 for a hardback and $.50 for a paperback. We also have DVDs and puzzles. All proceeds fund programs at the Patterson Library.
Stanislaus County Resource Fair
1 to 5 pm
 Stanislaus County Resource Fair
Thursday, Apr. 25, 1 to 5 pm
Modesto Library
Come to the County Resource Fair and learn how County government works for its residents and how to access services. This event will be held outside the library on the portico facing 16th Street. 
State of the County Address
5:30 pm
 State of the County Address
Thursday, Apr. 25, 5:30 pm
Modesto Library
You’re invited! On Thursday, April 25, 2024, Supervisor Mani Grewal, Chairman of the Board, will be delivering the State of the County Address at the Modesto Library. Please RSVP here. The library will be closing at 4 pm for this event. 
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Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Open Hours
Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Friday, Apr. 26, Open Hours
Hughson Library
Join us for our Friends of the Hughson Library book sale. Shop a selection of gently used books for all ages, at bargain prices.
Scholastic Book Fair
10 am - 5 pm
 Scholastic Book Fair
Friday, Apr. 26, 10 am - 5 pm
Modesto Library
The Friends of the Modesto Library are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the Modesto Library Auditorium. At the Scholastic Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for children and teens, as well as books of interest to parents and grandparents! Books make great gifts and are fun to sha...read more
Used Book Sale at the Oakdale Library
10 am - 4 pm
Used Book Sale at the Oakdale Library
Friday, Apr. 26, 10 am - 4 pm
Oakdale Library
The Friends of the Oakdale Library have many gently used books looking for a good home. Come find some wonderful new reads. 
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Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Open Hours
Friends of the Hughson Library Book Sale
Saturday, Apr. 27, Open Hours
Hughson Library
Join us for our Friends of the Hughson Library book sale. Shop a selection of gently used books for all ages, at bargain prices.
Library’s Got Game
Open Hours
 Library’s Got Game
Saturday, Apr. 27, Open HoursLibrary’s Got
Modesto Library
Bring a friend and stop by the Modesto Library during open hours to play a board game or two in the Teen Zone.
Scholastic Book Fair
10 am - 4 pm
 Scholastic Book Fair
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10 am - 4 pm
Modesto Library
The Friends of the Modesto Library are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the Modesto Library Auditorium. At the Scholastic Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for children and teens, as well as books of interest to parents and grandparents! Books make great gifts and are fun to sha...read more
Used Book Sale at the Oakdale Library
10 am - 4 pm
Used Book Sale at the Oakdale Library
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10 am - 4 pm
Oakdale Library
The Friends of the Oakdale Library have many gently used books looking for a good home. Come find some wonderful new reads. 
Turlock Library Board Game Day
10 am - 4:30 pm
 Turlock Library Board Game Day
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Turlock Library
Join the Central Valley Game Lovers for a day of board gaming. Try a new game or bring your own. Most games are recommended for ages 10 and up, but there will be games for younger players, too.
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Scholastic Book Fair
12 - 7 pm
 Scholastic Book Fair
Monday, Apr. 29, 12 - 7 pm
Modesto Library
The Friends of the Modesto Library are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the Modesto Library Auditorium. At the Scholastic Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for children and teens, as well as books of interest to parents and grandparents! Books make great gifts and are fun to sha...read more
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Scholastic Book Fair
10 am - 6 pm
 Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 10 am - 6 pm
Modesto Library
The Friends of the Modesto Library are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the Modesto Library Auditorium. At the Scholastic Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for children and teens, as well as books of interest to parents and grandparents! Books make great gifts and are fun to sha...read more
Tinker Tuesday in the Maker Space
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Tinker Tuesday in the Maker Space
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Modesto Library
Explore, build, and create! 3-D pens, tabletop and LEGO® blocks, Edison robots, and more are examples of what may be available. This program is designed for ages 9 and older. Disclaimer: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies. 
Riverbank Library Book Club
4 pm
 Riverbank Library Book Club
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 4 pm
Riverbank Library
Join us at the Riverbank Library and share your love of books! Book clubs allow community members to expand their knowledge of books through meaningful discussions with others.This month, the book club will discuss The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. 
    
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