Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will offer a number of craft activities for all ages, as well as book clubs and informative classes.
The Turlock Library will start its November activities with a meeting of the Book Club at 10:30 a.m. today, followed by the Friends of the Turlock Library Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
The Book Club will discuss “The Tenth Circle,” by Jodi Picoult. When the daughter of a comic book artist claims she has been raped at a party and her friends turn against her, she runs away to Alaska and her father must face his own violent past as he tries to find her.
Community members are invited to attend the Friends of the Turlock Public Library monthly board meeting.
The Library will host a Computer Basics class at 3 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the month of November, except for Thanksgiving Day. The class offers a basic introduction to computers, including an explanation of the parts of the computer, a tour of Windows and simple tasks. Advance registration is required. Call (209) 664-8100 to sign up.
The next Turlock Teens Talk Books meeting will be 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Teens are invited to join fellow bibliophiles for monthly book discussions at the Turlock Library.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works will focus on voting, during its meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 7. Children will elect their favorite characters into various positions and watch the charts to see who wins. All ages welcome. Children under 4 must have parental supervision.
The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Teens can share their ideas and earn community service credit. For more information, call (209) 664-8100.
The next session of Caregiver College will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 9, and focus on how to navigate home healthcare, knowing your resources. This free meeting will offer practical information to help you become a better caregiver. A free lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, call 209-578-6300 for more information.
The Modesto Money Mavens will present a fun and informative class on ways to save time and money while shopping, just in time for the holidays, at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Learn tips, tricks and smart-phone apps that may save you money. A variety of materials and coupons, will be given away during the class.
The Great Valley Museum will hold a special class on the five senses at 4 p.m. Nov. 14. Children will have an opportunity to explore and describe the properties of objects using their five senses through hands-on activities.
Nov. 15 is National Bundt Cake Day; to celebrate, the library will share a variety of cake recipes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Stop by the library to pick up a new recipe (or several new recipes) and try a delicious new experience.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17. This month's selection is “The Face of Deception” by Iris Johansen. It seems like an ordinary skull -- but it isn't. And for forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, this discovery will draw her into a frightening odyssey of greed, manipulation, and violence. It started simply enough, with businessman John Logan offering her another routine job of recreating a face from a skull. Hesitant at first, then persuaded to accept, Eve leaves the safety of her home office for Logan's makeshift lab, never expecting that the face she will construct using a computer, plasticine and clay will make her the target of an audacious killer.
Families can make their own unique turkeys from upcycled materials at 4 p.m. Nov. 21. All ages welcome, however, children under 4 must have direct parental supervision.
Learn the art of book folding, a fun way to give old books a new life as striking works of art, at 6 p.m. Nov. 22.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and DUPLO blocks at 4 p.m. Nov. 28. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock.
The Denair Library is flying into November activities with a paper airplane competition at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Families can test their skills in making paper airplanes. Instructional books will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to those who can fly their paper airplanes past a certain distance.
The Denair Library will host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18. All are invited to come and discuss the digital card game and play with fellow Hearthstone enthusiasts in the area.
Families can celebrate Thanksgiving with by making their own paper Thanksgiving pumpkin at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
The Denair Library will prepare for winter by decorating with snowflakes at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 28. All are invited to help with the activity.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd., Denair.
The Keyes Library will offer three craft activities in the month of November.
Kids can come to the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at make a turkey puppet craft.
Families can create a beautiful fall wreath using cut-out leaves with notes of what you are thankful for from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16.
Teens and adults are invited to join in a relaxing day of coloring from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Participants can choose from a selection of detailed coloring sheets, including coloring pages of magical creatures from the Harry Potter series. Materials will be provided.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave., Keyes.