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Craft-a-Palooza, book club meetings highlight January library events
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A reading of Blackout by John Rocco will begin the next session of the STEAM Works program, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Turlock Library, followed by activities with glow sticks and other materials. - photo by Photo Contributed

Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library have a number of activities to keep young minds warmed up this January.


The Turlock Library will start out its 2018 programming with an adult coloring activity and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works session titled “Blackout.”

Adults can come to the Turlock Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 2 to unwind and have fun while using colored pencils, crayons, and a variety of artistic designs for coloring. This activity is for ages 17 and older. 

The STEAM Works session will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 2 and begin with a reading of “Blackout” by John Rocco.  Following the story, participants will be able to work with glow sticks and other materials. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and above.    

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 3. January’s selection is “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. Call 209-664-8100 for more information.

A computer basics class will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. This class will include a 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.

The Turlock Teens Talk Books program will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 6. This program provides teens with the opportunity to discuss their favorite books and find new book recommendations.

Children will use paint to design their own unique rock art at 4 p.m. Jan. 9.   All ages are welcome, however, children under 4 must have adult supervision.  This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Turlock Library.

The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 10. 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.

The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12. January’s selection is “Open and Shut” by David Rosenfelt. Defense attorney Andy Carpenter manages to sail through any tough situation, whether inside the courtroom or in his personal life. But this all changes when his marriage breaks up and his father suddenly dies, leaving him distraught — and $22 million richer.

Craft-a-Palooza will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 16. Kids can visit the Children's Room to choose from one of several crafts. All ages are welcome, however, children under 4 must have adult supervision. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Turlock Library.

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth will return to the library at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 for a special Story Time for the whole family. There will be stories, music and fingerplays. This program is ideal for those ages 4 to 8, however, all ages are welcome.

Children are invited to build and play with LEGOs and DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. Jan. 23. 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 offer three craft activities in the month of January.

Kids can create an adorable penguin pal then decorate a hat and scarf to keep him warm from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11.

Teens and adults can create cute yarn art in the shape of a heart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12.

Families can create a chalkboard picture from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18.

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 offer free programs for all ages this January, beginning with a New Year’s resolution chain craft for children and teens at 3:30 p.m.  Jan. 4. Completed chains may be taken home and used to motivate participants to keep their resolutions.

A rainy day craft will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Children will make winter rainy day scenes out of a variety of craft materials.

The library will host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. All ages are invited to discuss the digital card game, check out the new expansion, and play with fellow Hearthstone enthusiasts in the area.

Children can craft shadow puppets at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Each crafter will choose a preprinted paper animal to turn into a shadow puppet. All craft materials will be provided.

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