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Book clubs, tech classes and crafting highlight September library events
pirate day
The Denair Library will celebrate Pirate Day at 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Families are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt and pirate crafts. All craft materials provided. Pirate costumes are welcome.

September events at the Turlock Library will start with a meeting of the Turlock Teens Talk Books club at 3 p.m. Saturday. Teens are invited to join other bibliophiles to discuss their most recent reads.

The September STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Works session on kaleidoscopes will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 4. After a reading of “City Shapes” by Diana Murray, children will have an opportunity to make homemade kaleidoscopes using paper rolls and colored markers. STEAM Works is designed for children in Kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by an adult. 

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. This month’s selection is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library.  For more information, call the library at 209-664-8100.

The Friends of the Turlock Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5; all are invited.

The Turlock Library will host a computer basics class at 3 p.m. each Thursday in September. 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 Tech Connect class will be held at noon Sept. 10. Participants can come learn about the free electronic resources the library has to offer, including:

·         Mango Languages– Learn a new language from the comfort of your own home, or on the go;

·         Hoopla – Digitally access audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, eBooks and graphic novels;

·         Cloud Library – Download eBooks and enjoy eBooks on the go; and

·         RBdigital – Get instant digital access to popular magazines. 

Library staff will help participants download these free applications to their devices.

Children can create their own monster origami bookmark at 4 p.m. Sept. 11.

The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 12. This board provides input on what kinds of programs and activities teens would like the library to provide.  During the hour-long meeting, participants brainstorm and discuss ideas for library activities and services for teens in Turlock. Community service hours are earned by attending meetings and helping with projects. 

The next session of the Caregiver College will be on planning for sudden emergencies. This free meeting will be held at noon Sept. 13 and will offer practical information to help become a better caregiver and prepare for the future.  Advance registration is required; call 209-578-6300 for more information.  

The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. This month's selection is “The Dry” by Jane Harper. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

The next Turlock Art Lab at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 will be on sandpaper art. Using fine grit sandpaper and chalk, children can experiment with colors and create their own artwork. Materials will be provided, while supplies last. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must be under direct supervision from parents or adult guardians.

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. Sept. 25. 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 host three special events in the month of September.

Kids can come by the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and create a dazzling kaleidoscope by decorating a paper towel roll and filling the end with an assortment of colorful beads. 

The September STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Works session on mini geodes will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Kids can create a chemical reaction by mixing ingredients together, and watch as crystals form in the appearance of a geode. They can then add food coloring for reflective color and to personalize their creation. Because the geodes need additional time to finish forming crystals, participants may pick up their geodes the following day (Sept. 21).

Crafters can come by the library from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 to make an earring display. Participants can use an embroidery hoop and a selection of lace and fabric to craft a beautiful display to hold their earrings. 

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call 209-664-8006.



September events at the Denair Library will begin with a LEGO DUPLO Day on Sept. 5. Families are welcome to come out and play with the library’s LEGO collection every Wednesday at the Denair Library from noon to 6 p.m.

Kids can start off the school year by making a new necklace, bracelet or anklet at 4 p.m. Sept. 6.  Beads, string and other craft supplies will be available for use.  

Participants can have fun with the endless crafting possibilities of foam sheet art at 4 p.m. Sept. 13.  Foam sheets and other craft supplies will be available to make whatever your mind can imagine.

The library will celebrate Pirate Day at 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Families are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt and pirate crafts. All craft materials provided. Pirate costumes are welcome. 

All ages are welcome to attend Sudoku Day from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Sudoku puzzles of various difficulty will be provided, as well as pencils and pens.  Completed puzzles will be displayed at the Denair Library following the event.

The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call 209-634-1283.