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Storytelling, spring crafts highlight April library events
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The Goza Family will return to local branches of the Stanislaus County Library to perform multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, American Sign Language, music, song and dance (Photo contributed).

The Turlock Library is hosting a Coloring Day on Wednesday. Adults are invited to visit the library during all open hours on Wednesday to unwind and have some fun in a comfortable environment. Colored pencils, crayons and a variety of artistic designs will be available.

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. This month's selection is “The Rosie Project,” by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find himself the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try to find her biological father. A limited number of copies of the book are available at the Turlock Library.  Call the library at 209-664-8100 for more information.

The Goza Family will return to the Turlock Library at 4 p.m. Wednesday to perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, American Sign Language, music, song and dance. 

The Modesto Money Mavens will be in Turlock at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to explain how quick, easy and fun using coupons and coupon apps can be. This is a free beginner coupon class.

All are invited to attend the monthly board meeting of the Friends of the Turlock Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Come by and support your local library.   

The next meeting of the Turlock Teens Talk Books will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Teens can join fellow bibliophiles for monthly book discussions at the Turlock Library. 

In honor of Earth Day, children will learn about the function of flowers and why plants are so important to our planet, as well as have an opportunity to dissect real flowers at 4 p.m. Tuesday. All ages welcome; designed for children in Kindergarten and older.  Children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.

The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. April 10. The board provides input on what kinds of programs and activities teens would like the library to provide.  During the hour-long meeting, the members 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 library will host a course on Naturalization 101 for those seeking a road to citizenship at 6:30 p.m. April 10. This free program will focus on the basics of naturalization. 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 Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 12. This month's selection is “She Rides Shotgun,” by Jordan Harper. When enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on his head and target his family, Nate McClusky takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death. The Mystery Lovers Book Club meets the second Friday of each month at the Turlock Library.  For more information, call the library at 209-664-8100.

The next Turlock Art Lab session will be held at 4 p.m. April 16 and focus on scribble drawing. Children can create unique art by searching scribbles for objects or shapes and use colored pencils to outline and color shapes for a picture that will really stand out.  All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.

A Litterbug Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. April 18. Children will learn about keeping the environment clean with this fun, interactive preschool program which includes stories, songs and games. This special story time will be led by Stanislaus County Environmental Resources’ Janice McClendon.

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. April 23. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.

The community is invited to celebrate International Tabletop Day with a day-long gaming event on April 27. Visitors can bring their favorite board games or choose games from the library’s collection.

Families can celebrate Día de los niños/ día de los libros, or Children's Book Day, at the Turlock Library at 4 p.m. April 30. The library will offer crafts, activities and a special bilingual Story Time. Each child will receive a free new book while supplies last.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.



The Denair Library will host LEGO Days during all open hours every Wednesday in April. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.

The library is hosting a Spring Cleaning Scavenger Hunt during all hours on Thursday. Families are invited to take a break and have some fun finding all the hidden spring cleaning images in the library to earn awesome prizes.

The library will host two Crochet for Beginners classes in March — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 20. Participants can learn basic techniques from a crochet instructor. Bring your own crochet hooks; yarn will be provided. 

BYOB, that is, bring your own board (and pieces, clocks, etc.) to the Denair Library for a nice, friendly game of chess from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and 23. 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 Goza Family will return to the Denair Library at 4 p.m. April 11 to perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, American Sign Language, music, song and dance. 

Celebrate the return of many species to the area with a fun bird's nest craft at 4 p.m. April 18.  The various paper products, feathers and craft supplies will be provided.

Springtime brings beautiful flowers to the hills and valleys. The library is inviting families to come paint flowers to decorate their homes at 4 p.m. April 25. The paint, egg carton and other 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.



Visitors to the Keyes Library on Wednesday can celebrate the beautiful art of Fabergé eggs by decorating their own piece of history. Add paint, ribbons, glitter and various sparkles to a plastic egg and create a show stopping centerpiece for your mantel. 

The Goza Family will return to the Keyes Library at 2 p.m. April 10 to perform two multicultural folktales full of physical comedy, American Sign Language, music, song and dance. 

Kids can come and string together pasta noodles and make their own necklaces fancy enough for any three-star restaurant during open hours on April 11.

The library will provide the headband, wire, flowers and embellishments to make a fun spring fashion statement during open house on April 12. Community members can also bring crafting supplies and truly make it their own.    

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call 209-664-8000.