The Turlock Library will start its April lineup of events with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works session on gardening at 4 p.m. April 3.
There will be a reading of “Plants Can’t Sit Still” by Rebecca Hirsch. After the story, kids will have the opportunity to create a seed-starter planter using biodegradable egg cartons. Children will learn about how seeds are spread in the wild, as well as the importance of recycling and keeping our planet healthy. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct parental supervision.
The Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 4. This month's selection is “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez. The book tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. For more information, call 209-664-8100.
The Friends of the Turlock Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 4. All are invited to attend this public meeting of the organization that supports the local library.
The Turlock Library will host a computer basics class at 3 p.m. each Thursday in April. Attendees will learn the basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows, and simple tasks. Advance registration is required. Call (209) 664-8100 to sign up.
Families are invited to celebrate Día! Día de los niños/ día de los libros (Day of the Child /Day of the Book) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 7. The library will offer crafts, activities and a special "Wild About Books" themed bilingual story time. Each child will receive a free new book while supplies last, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
The Turlock Teens Talk Books program will be held at 3 p.m. April 7. This program provides teens with the opportunity to discuss their favorite books and find new book recommendations.
The Goza family will return to the Turlock Library at 4 p.m. April 10 to perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, music, song and dance, with American Sign Language and audience participation.
The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. April 11. The Teen Advisory Board offers teens the opportunity to earn community service credit while sharing their ideas on teen library programs and books. For more information, call 209-664-8100.
Adults are invited to unwind and have fun in a comfortable environment for an all-day coloring event on April 12. Colored pencils, crayons, and a variety of artistic designs will be available.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 13. This month's selection is “The Blessing Way” by Tony Hillerman.
Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. For more information, call 209-664-8100.
The Great Valley Museum will present the program “Weather, Clouds and Water” at 4 p.m. April 17. Children will learn to identify different types of clouds, witness the strange effects of wind, see a cloud form right before their eyes, and touch lightning. All ages welcome; designed for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Turlock Library.
The Modesto Money Mavens will present money-saving tips during a free couponing class at 5:30 p.m. April 23. Participants will learn how to get the best deals and discounts using coupons and variety of shopping apps.
Children are invited to build and play with LEGOs and DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. April 24. Ages 4 and under are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
The Keyes Library will feature two Pokémon-inspired events in April.
The first will be Pokémon Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 12. Kids can create their own Pokéball and collect their favorite Pokémon hidden in the library. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26, kids can create beaded designs of their favorite Pokémon.
Families are invited to celebrate Día! Día de los niños/ día de los libros (Day of the Child /Day of the Book) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 18. The library will offer crafts, activities and a special "Wild About Books" themed Bilingual Story Time. Each child will receive a free new book while supplies last, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Adults can come by the Keyes Library from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 27 to make decorative coffee and tea signs out of coffee beans and white beans.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call (209) 664-8006.
The Denair Library will start its April events with a marble magnet craft. Kids can create a custom mini-marble magnet for their refrigerator or home at 4 p.m. April 12. Magnets, glass marbles, glue and a selection of paper patterns (animals, shapes, colors) will be provided to make the craft.
The library will host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 21. Come discuss the digital card game and play with fellow Hearthstone enthusiasts in the area. Free Wi-Fi available.
The library will hold the first meeting of the Classic Literature Book Club at 3 p.m. April 28. This month the book club will discuss “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Denair Library during the month of April. Participants who attend this first meeting will help decide what the book club will read and discuss at the next meeting in May.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd., in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call (209) 634-1283.