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Summer library events end with craft-a-palooza, s'mores
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"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, a story about the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley, is the August selection for Turlock Library Book Club. - photo by Photo Contributed

Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will end their summer event offerings with a variety of craft days and tributes to two of the season's favorite treats — popsicles and s'mores.


The Turlock Library will begin August events by celebrating the end of the Summer Reading Challenge with a popsicle party at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Popsicles will be distributed while they last. Colored popsicle sticks will be available for purposeful play.

The August meeting of the Turlock Library Book Club will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. This month's selection is "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, "The Paris Wife" captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, "The Paris Wife" is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley. A limited number of copies of the book are available at the library. For more information contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 664-8100.

Mo Willems and his famous pigeon are the theme of a story reading and craft event at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.

The Library's craft closet will be emptied at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 for craft-a-palooza. This event will give participants a chance to use their creativity to design their own take-home craft with left over supplies from the summer.

The library's youngest visitors are invited for a day of sensory play at 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Babies and children up to age 5 can explore different textures with an adult.

'As Seen on Pinterest' craft event will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. This month the craft will be decorative dishes made with just a Sharpie and a plain white plate. Registration is required for this event and space is limited.  Call 664-8100 to register. Pinterest is an online tool for collecting and organizing things of interest. Participants do not need to be familiar with Pinterest to attend.

Children ages 4 to 12 years will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library at 4 p.m. Aug. 25. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision.

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



The Keyes Library will celebrate the end of summer reading with a Superhero Party at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants can play Pin the Symbol on Batman, Spiderman Toss Game, and Superhero Bean Bag Toss Game. Participants can also pose as their favorite superhero in a photo booth area and make superhero lollipops, masks and scratch art. Individuals can also use their super brain power to guess the number of candies in the jar and the closest guess will win the entire jar of candy. Cake and light refreshments will also be served while supplies last. Children who participated in the Superhero Academy will also receive a diploma, which certifies they can assume their superhero identity. Individuals are welcome to come in costume, however, costumes are not required.

Crafters can stop by the library at 1 p.m. Wednesday to make unique designs using fusible perler beads.

Celebrate S'mores Day at the Keyes Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. All ages can come by and make a yummy s'more, a favorite summer treat of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. Children can also make a craft foam necklace that looks like a s'more. Individuals can check out s'more books while they are at the library.

The Keyes Library will finish the month with two craft events. Participants can make a socktopus, an octopus made out of a sock, at 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Craft déjà vu will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 19. This event will allow participants to make a craft item they may have missed over the summer.

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, call 664-8006.



The Denair Library will offer two days of crafting in August, beginning with a chalkboard journal making day for tweens and teens at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Crafters will turn composition notebooks into journals with chalkboard covers by using chalkboard paint on the notebook’s cover.

Children are invited to a craft-a-palooza at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Participants can choose from a number of previously offered craft projects. Craft-a-palooza programs are an opportunity for children to enjoy crafts they may have missed, or recreate crafts they have enjoyed in the past.

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