Summer reading has begun and local libraries have a number of programs throughout June to keep young (and old) minds working during school break.
June events at the Turlock Library will start with a meeting of the Turlock Teens Talk Books at 3 p.m. Saturday. Teens are invited to join bibliophiles to discuss their most recent reads.
A Tech Connect session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. June 4. Participants can learn about the free eResources the library has to offer. Library staff will help you download these free applications to your devices:
· Mango Languages– Learn a new language from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.
· Hoopla – Digital access to audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and graphic novels.
· Cloud Library – Download eBooks and enjoy eBooks on the go.
· RBdigital – Instant digital access to popular magazines.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Works will be held at 4 p.m. June 5. Following a reading of “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” children will have an opportunity to work independently, or in teams, to test out their bridge building skills. 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 6. This month’s selection is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. The novel is set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore. A limited number of copies are available at the Turlock Library. For more information, call the library at 684-8100.
Children ages 8 and up can create their own aboriginal dot art on stone at 4 p.m. June 6. Participants will be encouraged to tell their story through colors and symbols, using rocks and paint. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.
The Friends of the Turlock Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 6. All are invited to attend this public meeting of the organization that supports the local library.
The Turlock Library will host a computer basics class at 3 p.m. each Thursday in June. 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.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 8. This month’s selection is “Indemnity Only” by Sara Paretsky. Female private-eye, V.I. Warshawski, is looking for a missing coed, but finds a large scam involving big business executives, notorious underworld figures and murder.
“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library” will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 8. This themed “escape room” experience is based on the book “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library” by Chris Grabenstein. Ages 8 to 12 are invited to search the children's room where they will decipher codes and solve puzzles in order to find the key to “escape” back to the Turlock Library. Due to the nature of the program, advance registration is required. Call 664-8100 to sign up. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Turlock Public Library.
Children will be able to make unique art using alcohol ink and ceramic tiles at 4 p.m. June 12. All ages welcome; children 6 and younger must have direct adult supervision.
Children 8 years and older can make paper lanterns inspired by the Vietnamese Moon Festival at 4 p.m. June 13. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.
The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. June 13. 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 664-8100.
Illusionist Timothy James will blend magic and comedy together for a fun, upbeat experience at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 16.
Adults can relax while expressing their artistic side at 1 p.m. June 18 as they learn how easy it is to make unique and colorful coasters.
Participants will have an opportunity to create a landscape using different colored pieces of torn construction paper at 4 p.m. June 19. The landscapes depicted can include the mountains, the beach, the forest, or landscapes from the imagination. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct parental supervision.
Children ages 8 and older can use upcycled materials to make rain sticks, which are thought to have originated in several parts of the world, including Mexico and Africa at 4 p.m. June 20. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.
Mayor Gary Soiseth will be the special guest for a family Story Time at 6:30 p.m. June 25. 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. June 26. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome but must have direct parental supervision.
Children ages 8 and older can make paper versions of the traditional Swedish Dala Horse at 4 p.m. June 27. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
June events at the Keyes Library will start with a LEGO Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5. Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and LEGO DUPLO blocks. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome but must have direct parental supervision. The library will hold another LEGO Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19.
Children can drop in to the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 7 to decorate a craft stick bracelet/wristband to wear. The library will provide decorative washi tape, markers and bracelets.
Illusionist Timothy James will blend magic and comedy together for a fun, upbeat experience at 1 p.m. June 12.
The June STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Works will be a Lava Lamp Activity. Children can come by from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14 and use bright neon colors, oil and water to create a colorful lava lamp. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised by a parent.
Children and adults can come into the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 and create colorful window clings using glue and food coloring, then decorate the windows of their home or car with the fun summer designs.
The library will host a pom-pom craft from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 22. Participants can earn how to make a pom-pom with just yarn and a fork and then use their new pom-pom for decoration or turn it into a keychain. Materials will be provided.
Children can come by the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 and build a rocket out of straws, neon tape, and foam pieces.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call 209-664-8006.
Community members can take part in free events at the Denair Library this June, beginning with LEGO DUPLO Days on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Children engage in an hour of creative play with the library’s LEGO DUPLO collection.
Children and teens are invited to color at the library at 4 p.m. June 7. Coloring pages, crayons, markers, and colored pencils will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies; however, it is requested that paint not be brought to this event.
Children and their families can enjoy a magic show featuring illusionist Timothy James at 3:30 p.m. June 14. The show blends magic and comedy together to create an upbeat experience.
A fishbowl craft will be offered at 4 p.m. June 21. Children can craft their fishbowls out of felt, paper and assorted craft materials.
The library’s classic literature book club will meet at 3 p.m. June 30 to discuss “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library during the month of June.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call 209-634-1283.