April events at local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will include fun spring crafts, multicultural folk tales performed by a children’s theatre troupe and Day of the Child/Day of the Book celebrations.
Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy free programs at the Turlock Library this April, beginning with a candy count program through April 14. All ages are invited to guess the number of candies in the candy jar for a chance to win the jar of candy. This contest is limited to one entry per person. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a random drawing.
Children are invited to the library for the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works: Strawberry DNA at 4 p.m. April 4. Following a reading of Don and Audrey Wood’s “The Little Mouse,” “The Red Ripe Strawberry,” and “The Big Hungry Bear,” children will extract DNA from strawberries using basic ingredients and household items. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older. Children under 4 are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 5 to discuss “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton. For more information, please contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 209-664-8100.
In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, the Modesto Money Mavens will host the Extreme Couponing program at 5:30 p.m. April 10. Participants will learn how to use coupons, sale ads and smartphone apps to save money, stretch their budgets, and discover new strategies on how to shop smart.
Children will learn how to create their own terrariums at 4 p.m. April 11 during the “Plants in a Jar” program. All materials will be provided. Children under the age of 4 are welcome to participate, but must have direct parental supervision.
Children are invited to enjoy sensory play at 10 a.m. April 12. This program will feature activities that allow young children to explore different textures. Children must be directly supervised by a parent or adult guardian. Sensory play stimulates brain-development and helps children develop their sense of touch. This program also promotes bonding time between parents and their children.
The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. April 12. 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 209-664-8100.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 14 to discuss “Poodle Springs” by Robert B. Parker. A limited number of copies are available for checkout from the library. For more information, contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 209-664-8100.
Families are invited to the free Act!vated Story Theatre program at 4 p.m. April 17. The Goza family will perform two multicultural folk tales featuring physical comedy, music, song, dance, American Sign Language and audience participation.
The library will celebrate Día de los niños/ Día de los libros, or Day of the Child/Day of the Book at 4 p.m. April 18. Children can enjoy a special bilingual Story Time, crafts, activities and snacks. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Rhythms.” Each child will receive a free activity book.
The Teen Fan Fiction Club will meet at 4 p.m. April 24. Participants will have the opportunity to write, share and discuss their creative fan fiction in a positive environment. The Fan Fiction Club is recommended for ages 12 to 18.
Children are invited to build and play with LEGOs at 4 p.m. April 25. Children under the age of 4 are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.
All ages are invited to participate in International Tabletop Day on April 29 with games at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are invited to bring in their favorite games to play, or choose from a selection of games provided by the library.
STEAM Works, Plants in a Jar, and the Teen Fan Fiction Club are sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library. The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. in Turlock. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
The Keyes Library will offer free activities for kids in April starting with an April Showers kids craft held at 3 p.m. April 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7. Families will be able to make a 3-D art scene to get in the mood for the rainy season.
The Goza Family will perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, music, song, dance, American Sign Language and audience participation at 11 a.m. April 17. The show is 45 minutes long. Free tickets will be available one hour before the show.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. For more information on Keyes Library programs, call 209-664-8006.
The Denair Library will offer a number of free programs this April, including a coloring program for teens and adults, a craft for children, and a show that the whole family can enjoy.
Adults and teens are invited to relax with an afternoon of coloring from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 1. All supplies will be provided.
The library will host a seasonal “April Showers” craft for children at 3 p.m. April 4. Crafters will make colorful paper umbrellas.
Families are invited to the free Act!vated Story Theatre program at noon April 19. The Goza family will perform two multicultural folk tales featuring physical comedy, music, song, dance, American Sign Language and audience participation.
The coloring program and April Showers craft are sponsored by the Friends of the Denair Library. The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Road in Denair. For more information about programs at the Denair Library, call 209-634-1283.