Residents of all ages can find reading and craft events at local branches of the Stanislaus County Library this August.
August events at the Turlock Library will start with an adult coloring activity, along with a book club meeting.
Adults are invited to the library during open hours on Aug. 1 to unwind and have fun in a comfortable environment using colored pencils and crayons to create a variety of artistic designs.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1. This month's selection is “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen. A hilarious and moving memoir — in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron — about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis. 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. Aug. 1; all are invited.
The Turlock Library will host a computer basics class at 3 p.m. each Thursday in August. 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.
A meeting of the Turlock Teens Talk Books will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 4. Teens are invited to join bibliophiles to discuss their most recent reads.
The August STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Works session on scents will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 7. After a reading of the book “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty, participants will have an opportunity to put their senses of smell to the test by guessing the different scents in jars. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10. This month's selection is “Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson. In his debut novel Johnson brings to life the vast Wyoming landscape, its people, and a wonderful new character in Sheriff Walt Longmire. The citizens of the Cowboy State boast a long and bloody history of dispensing rough justice but the last few decades have bred peace between the white and Native American communities. After 24 years as sheriff, Walt, along with Deputy Victoria Moretti and lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, is embroiled in the most volatile and challenging case of his career.
Kids can get creative using recycled VCR cases and other materials to decorate their very own pencil cases for school at 4 p.m. Aug. 14.
The next Turlock Art Lab session will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 21. In this basic introduction to printmaking, children will have an opportunity to experiment with mirror images using tempera paint and cardstock. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct parental supervision.
Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth will be the special guest at a Family Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. There will be stories, music, fingerplays and fun! This program is ideal for 4 to 8-year-olds, however, all ages are welcome.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and LEGO DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. Aug 28. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome but 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 offer three craft events in August.
Kids can create a bright and fun magnetic school bus photo frame out of craft sticks and decorative wheels from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 to display their back to school pictures.
Adults and teens can craft beautiful bows out of a variety of ribbons from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 to wear in their hair or clip on as an accessory.
Kids can stack and glue buttons of different shapes, colors, and sizes to create adorable button animals from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30.
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 host LEGO build activities and craft days throughout the month of August.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and LEGO DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome but must have direct parental supervision.
The library will host craft days at 4 p.m. every Thursday in August. Kids can create their own handheld flower fairy friends using a variety of materials on Aug. 2. Participants can craft a fishbowl using felt, paper, shells and more on Aug. 9. Children and teens can enjoy an hour of coloring on Aug. 16. Children can make their own colorful butterflies out of tissue paper and other crafting materials on Aug. 23; and visitors can learn how to create origami on Aug. 30.
The Denair Library’s Classic Literature Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Aug. 25. Contact the library for information about this month's selection.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call 209-634-1283.