Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will offer a number of programs and events for all ages to keep minds active during the summer months.
June events at the Turlock Library will start with the Turlock Teens Talk Books. This group will meet at 3 p.m. June 1. Teens are invited to join fellow bibliophiles for a discussion about their newest read.
The next STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works session will be held at 4 p.m. June 4. After a reading of John Rocco’s book “Blackout,” participants will be able to make their own shadow puppets and experiment with light to create shadow puppet play. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by a parent.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 5. This month’s selection is “The Book of Unknown Americans,” by Cristina Henriquez. Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. For more information call the library at 209-664-8100.
Adults looking for unique craft project can come to the library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 and create a wine cork keychain. This craft is for adults only.
The Turlock Library is holding a four-week animation course for youth ages 12 to 18, starting 4 p.m. June 5. Participants will get a basic introduction to stop motion animation using their own smartphone or tablet and the Stop Motion Studio free app. Participants will learn how to create their own film and premiere it at the end of the four-week course. Participants must attend all four sessions. Space is limited and advance sign-ups are required. For more information, contact the Turlock Library at 209-664-8100.
All are invited to attend the monthly board meeting of the Friends of the Turlock Public Library at 6:30 p.m. June 5. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month in the library.
Juggling, acrobatics, music and feats of incredible strength will be at the Turlock Library when Circus of Smiles comes to town at 4 p.m. June 11. All ages are invited to join us for a hilarious circus adventure. Audiences members will even have a chance to participate in the fun.
The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. June 12. The 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 Mystery Lovers Book Club will next meet at 10:30 a.m. June 14. This month's selection is “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith. A cross between Kate Brannigan and Miss Marple, Precious Remotswe embarks from her breezeblock office in Botswana on this humourous story of missing husbands, impostor relatives, wayward daughters and abduction. Not all her cases are successful. For more information, call the library at 209-664-8100.
Bad news: you've been caught by Sid. Good news: you have 45 minutes before he returns to his room. Decipher codes and solve classic puzzles in order to escape in this “Toy Story” themed escape room. This event is designed for ages 8 and up. Event times are 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. June 14 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 15. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 209-664-8100 to reserve your place. Sponsored by Friends of the Turlock Public Library.
Patrons can come into the library from noon to 1 p.m. June 17 and learn about the free eResources the library offers. Library staff will help participants download applications onto your devices: Mango Languages, Hoopla and Cloud Library.
Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak will host a special family story time at 6:30 p.m. June 17. There will be stories, music, fingerplays and fun. This program is ideal for 4- to 8-year-olds, however, all ages are welcome.
At the next Turlock Art Lab, at 4 p.m. June 18, participants will get a basic introduction to stop motion animation. Children will be able to create their own animated flip book using paper, yarn, pencils and markers. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.
The library will host a “Stranger Things” trivia event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 24. Participants can answer questions about the cast and Seasons 1 & 2. Show your skills and trivia knowledge with family and friends – or take on the challenge solo. The library will be using the free KAHOOT app. All teams must have a smart phone or tablet capable of downloading the app – or have it preinstalled on the device.
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. June 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 Denair Library will start its June events will a meeting of the Chess Club from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 4. Participants should bring their own chess boards and pieces for a nice, friendly game of chess. Chess puzzles will also be available to solve. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, all are welcome. These will be unranked, fun games of chess. Come by and meet fellow players, and maybe even make a new friend. The Chess Club will also meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 18.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and LEGO DUPLO blocks from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in June. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
The library will host a Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt during open hours on June 6. A variety of prizes await the kids who can find all the hidden summer items.
Father's Day is around the corner, and the library will offer a craft at 4 p.m. June 13 for participants to make a present for dad. By placing a custom acronym for the word "father" on a decorated paper tie, dad will surely see how much he means to you. All supplies provided.
Juggling, acrobatics, music and feats of incredible strength will be at the Denair Library when Circus of Smiles comes to town at 4 p.m. June 19. All ages are invited to join us for a hilarious circus adventure. Audiences members will even have a chance to participate in the fun.
June 21 is the longest day of the year — summer solstice. To celebrate, the library will offer a craft event for participants to make a unique sun out of various crafting supplies from 4 p.m. June 20. Get as creative and original as you'd like. All supplies provided.
Create a cute fairy out of artificial flowers, pipe cleaners and beads at 4 p.m. June 27 at the library. All supplies will be provided for this craft.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. For more information on Denair Library programs, call 209-634-1283.
The Keyes Library will hold a LEGO Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday in June. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
The library will host craft events from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday in June. Mini pinatas will be the craft on June 6, followed by bubble wands on June 13, thumbprint drawings on June 20 and sun catchers on June 27. All supplies are included.
The library will also host a clothes pin candle holder craft event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14. Supplies included.
Juggling, acrobatics, music and feats of incredible strength will be at the Keyes Library when Circus of Smiles comes to town at 2 p.m. June 19. All ages are invited to join us for a hilarious circus adventure. Audiences members will even have a chance to participate in the fun.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call 209-664-8000.