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Science, art and music all part of January library events
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Local libraries will hold a number of snow themed activities in January, including making sock snowmen at the Keyes Library on Jan. 21. - photo by Photo Contributed

As the chill of winter continues, local Stanislaus County Library branches have a number of activities to keep imaginations warm throughout January.


The Turlock Library will offer free programs for all ages this January.

 “STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Works: Snow” will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Children are invited to enjoy a snow themed story, followed by a discussion about how real snow is made. Participants will then have the opportunity to make their own artificial snow to take home. Children under the age of 4 are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet to discuss "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6. A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library. Contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 664-8100 for more information.

Children can make their own instruments at the library at 4 p.m. Jan. 12. Participants will use upcycled material to create maracas, drums, harmonicas and more. 

 The library will host a Craft-a-palooza at 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Participants can use their imaginations to create original works of art from an assortment of craft materials.

The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. also on Jan. 19. 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.

The Kids’ Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 20. Children are invited to bring a book they have read to discuss with a group of their peers. The Kids’ Book Club is designed for children in grades 4 through 8.

All ages are invited to build with LEGOs at 4 p.m. Jan. 26. Children under the age of 4 are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.

A Tech Connect class on eBooks and downloadable audiobooks will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Community members are invited to drop by the library to receive one-on-one instruction on using digital library products, including guidance on downloading eBooks and audiobooks. Each participant should bring their device.

Children’s programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library. The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. in Turlock. For more information, contact the Turlock Library at 664-8100.



The Denair Library will offer craft programs for all ages this January, as well as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activity for children.

 Get Crafty: Felt Drink-Sleeves will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14. Participants will use felt and other provided craft materials to make reusable drink cozies.

 Students in grades 4 through 8 are invited to the library’s monthly STEAM Challenge at 4 p.m. Jan. 21. This month’s challenge will focus on science and art. Participants will conduct foam science experiments and create foam art paintings. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Denair Library.

Teens and tweens can create with Perler beads at 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Participants will make unique designs using small, colorful beads. When heat is applied, the Perler beads fuse together, preserving the crafter's design.

The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. in Denair. For more information, contact the Denair Library at 634-1283.



The Keyes Library will offer a number of events for children and adults this month.

Teens and adults can come by the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday  to make a memory jar. This jar can be used to store all memories for the upcoming year.

The library will offer two snowmen themed crafts, the first is creating snowmen using popsicle sticks at 1 p.m. Jan. 13, followed by a sock snowman activity at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Celebrate International LEGO Day with a party at the library at 1 p.m. Jan. 27. Children can play a LEGO Ninjago fortune cookie toss game, make their own minifigure, guess the number of LEGOs in a jar, and construct unique LEGO creations to be displayed in the library. Snacks and light refreshments will also be provided while supplies last. 

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave., in Keyes. For more information, contact the library at 664-8006.