"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Local libraries will be taking Dr. Seuss' words to heart in March as they celebrate the famed children author's birthday with events aimed at encouraging reading and fun. Other activities planned for March include Book to Action sponsored activities about bicycling, a math-themed stuffed animal march and an all-ages coloring event to celebrate National Crayola Crayon Day.
The next STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Works will program will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will read the book "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," and then have the opportunity to make an Oobleck to take home.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The March selection is "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss. A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.
A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. For more information, contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 664-8100.
The library will host two bicycle-themed events starting with a visit from Katie Colesberry of Cycle Masters Bike Shop, who will give tips on basic bicycle maintenance and repair at 2 p.m. March 5. At 6 p.m. March 9, come to a free book giveaway and discussion. Join others for a discussion of "Everyday Bicycling" by Elly Blue. Free copies available while supplies last. Light refreshments provided by The Friends of the Turlock Public Library. Both events are made possible through a Book to Action grant. Registration is required for both events; call the Turlock Library at 664-8100 to reserve your spot.
The next Turlock Teens Talk Books meeting will be 3 p.m. March 5. Teens are invited to join fellow bibliophiles for a discussion about their most recent literary find.
Kids can celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making a rainbow chain craft at 4 p.m. March 8. This craft allows kids to practice their fine motor skills by looping colored paper together to make a paper chain.
Kids are invited to parade in their PJs and have fun playing with numbers during the Bedtime Math: March of the Stuffed Animals event at 7 p.m. March 14. Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal for counting in the Crazy Creature Census, solve fun stuffed animal tangram puzzles, and listen to the story “Snacktime for Fluffy” from the Bedtime Math Book. Participants will also bring home colorful stickers and games.
Magician Shawn Durham will be at the Turlock Library at 4 p.m. March 15. This event is open to all ages, and is ideally suited to preschool age children and older.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library at 4 p.m. March 22. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision.
Attorney Julie Richardson will review the basics of estate planning, including a discussion of all of the documents you will need, plus other issues to consider at 6 p.m. March 23. Call 664-8100 to reserve a seat.
The Turlock Library will hold a family game day at 4 p.m. March 29. Playing board games helps teach socialization, sharing, taking turns and hand-eye coordination. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Turlock Library.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 N. Minaret Ave., in Turlock.
The Denair Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by asking participants to help create a collage inspired by the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" at 3 p.m. March 3. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Denair Library.
Teens, ages 13-18, can learn how to upcycle cassette tapes into card holders. All supplies will be provided will be provided for this activity sponsored by the Friends of the Denair Library and scheduled for 3 p.m. March 10.
The next STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Challenge will be about electricity and held 4 p.m. March 17. Kids will explore electricity using play dough and LED bulbs.
Magician Shawn Durham will be at the Denair Library at 1 p.m. March 30. This event is open to all ages, and is ideally suited to preschool age children and older.
Children can learn how to build a home for their Peeps out of graham crackers and frosting at the Family Craft event at 3 p.m. March 31. All supplies will be provided, including the Peep candy.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd., in Denair.
The Keyes Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a party at 1 p.m. March 9. During this program, each child can make a felt hat similar to the one featured in the famous story "The Cat in the Hat," by Dr. Seuss. Cake will also be served while supplies last.
All patrons are invited to stop by the library on March 17 and those wearing green will receive a small treat.
Alberto Gonzalez and Erika Aguilar with Telecare will discuss mental health resources in the community at 5:30 p.m. March 17. This presentation will be in both English and Spanish. Learn how to help yourself or those you love in this important seminar.
Children can learn how to make a baby chick using craft sticks and paper at 1 p.m. March 23, and then dye a craft egg just in time for Easter at 3:30 p.m. March 24. These events are sponsored by the Friends of the Keyes Library.
Attorney Julie Richardson will review the basics of estate planning, including a discussion of all of the documents needed, plus other issues to consider at 6 p.m. March 24.
Celebrate National Crayola Crayon Day by coloring at the library on March 31. Children, tweens, teens, adults and families are invited to the library during open hours to color. There will be coloring pages for all skill levels.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maude Ave., in Keyes.