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Pirates, shapes and book clubs highlight September library events
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In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, children can make their own pirate maps and complete a scavenger hunt at 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Turlock Library. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Library will host a number of special events and programs for all ages throughout the month of September, including seminars on planning for Social Security, college resources through the Dream Act and what it takes to become a citizen of the United States of America.

The library will start off September events with a photo editing tutorial for those ages 18 and older from 10 a.m. to noon Sept.1 The course will offer tips and tricks for editing photos online. Participants can bring in photos on a flash drive or practice with pre-loaded images. Free online photo editing sites, such as Picmonkey and Fotoflexer, will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

The next meeting of Turlock Teens Talk Books will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 2. Teens are invited to share their most recent literary finds with fellow bibliophiles.

A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works session on shapes will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 5. Following a reading of “City Shapes” by Diana Murray, participants will have an opportunity to create their own shape art using a variety of shapes in different colors and sizes. 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. Sept. 6 to discuss “Sunday’s Silence” by Gina B. Nahai. Foreign correspondent Adam Watkins is stationed in Lebanon when he receives news that Little Sam Jenkins, the father he barely knew, has died of snakebite. A snake-handling preacher who had survived nine decades of hard living and 446 snakebites, Sam finally succumbed to the venom of a snake given to him by Blue, a gorgeous Kurdish woman born in Iraq, and herself a skilled snake-handler who never fit in with the Holy Rollers. Adam, having tried for 18 years to create a new life for himself, returns home looking for answers: What drove Sam? And was Blue merely testing Sam's faith, or did she intend to kill him? A limited number of copies of “Sunday’s Silence” are available at the Turlock Library.  For more information, contact the Turlock Library at 664-8100. 

Community members are invited to attend the Friends of the Turlock Public Library monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6.  

The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8 and discuss “Rules of Prey” by John Sanford. A serial murderer who calls himself mad dog has turned his psychopathic killing into a game that has terrorized the Twin Cities. He carefully selects each victim (all women), plots clever moves to lure her, and then taunts the police with notes after he has raped and murdered his victim. Police lieutenant Davenport's talent for solving crimes is not enough to snare the madman. He will have to take on the role of gamemaster, as he does when he creates video games, to match wits and bring him to justice. The library may have copies of this title available for checkout.  For more information call the Turlock Library at 664-8100.

The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 Teens are invited to share their ideas and earn community service credit.

The next seminar in the Caregiver College series, hosted by Community Hospice, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 and will focus on Social Security Planning. A free lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, call 209-578-6300 for more information. 

In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, children can make their own pirate maps and complete a scavenger hunt at 4 p.m. Sept. 19. All ages are welcome. Children under 4 must have supervision from a parent or adult guardian. 

A free program that will focus on the basics of naturalization will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 25. A representative from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be on hand to give an overview of what it takes to become a citizen and how eligibility is determined in the naturalization process. The program will address the naturalization interview and how to avoid potential scams.  This event is sponsored by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. Sept. 26. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.

The next seminar in the College Planning series, hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and focus on the Dream Act. The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers and Cal Grants. This program is for ages 15 and up. 

Community members can learn the art of book folding at 6 p.m. Sept. 27.