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Valentines crafts and more during February events at local libraries
The Turlock Library will hold a free chocolate tasting for those 14 years and older on Feb. 13. Registration is required. - photo by Photo Contributed

As the start of the New Year has come and gone, events at the local Stanislaus County Libraries are seeking to keep the excitement fresh for 2016.




The Turlock Public Library will host a “STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Works: Magnet Art” event at 4 p.m. Tuesday that includes a story and activity relating to art and colors, followed by a discussion of primary and secondary colors. Children are then invited to create an abstract painting using magnetic wands. Kids under the age of 4 years are welcome to participate, however, must be supervised by a parent.


The Turlock Library Book Club will meet to discuss “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 3. A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library. For more information, contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at 664-8100.

All are welcome to attend the Friends of the Turlock Public Library Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. that same night.


Turlock Teens Talk Books will meet at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6 for the teens that stay up all night reading a book they love and would love to discuss and share with fellow bibliophiles.


Children in kindergarten and up are invited to join the “Great Valley Museum: Magical Magnets” event at the Turlock Library at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 where they will learn about a mysterious invisible force that can both repel and attract other objects. Participants will explore magnetic properties through hands-on experiments. Children 4 years and under may participate, as well, with parental supervision.


Get your taste buds ready for “Chocolate Tasting” at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13 for ages 14 and up at the library. This free program will allow participants to experience the wonders of chocolate tasting and learn how to distinguish between rich and complex flavors of various chocolates. Registration is required; call the Turlock Library at 664-8100.


Two events take place on Feb. 16 at the library; the first is for all ages at the Puzzle Picture Frames event at 4 p.m., followed by a meeting for the Turlock Teen Advisory Board at 6:30 p.m. where teens are invited to give feedback about programs and books they would like to see at the library.


Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library at 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. LEGO plays helps children develop fine motor skills. Ages four and under may attend with direct adult supervision.


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 library at 664-8100.




The Denair Library is offering a Valentine’s Day Craftopalooza at 3 p.m. on Feb. 4 where all ages are welcome to create a card or picture that shows that special someone they care. Supplies will be provided.


Kids are invited to celebrate author Mo Willems’ birthday at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 by making crafts inspired by characters in his books.


Get involved the following week and attend the Friends of the Denair Library meeting at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 16.


Don’t miss the “STEAM Challenge: Engineering” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 for children grades 4 through 8. This class will allow kids to build structurally sound towers using everyday objects.


Attorney Julie Richardson is holding an Estate Planning Seminar at the Denair Library at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24 that will review the basics of estate planning, including a discussion of documents needed and other issues to consider.


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




Start the month of February off at the Keyes Library filling a Valentine’s bag with treats and goodies. Children can decorate paper bags using heart shaped crafts during this event at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3.


Switch gears and celebrate the movie release of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” at the teen activity at 3 p.m. the following day. The movie is based on a young adult book of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith and based on the Jane Austen novel. Fake zombie blood, a zombie trivia quiz and zombie buttons will be involved at this event and participants will be entered to win a zombie survival kit.


The library will offer two Valentine’s Day craft events. The first is at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 where participants can make a bookmark craft using paint chips and other craft supplies; followed by an event for teens and adults from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 where participants can weave a traditional Danish basket in the shape of a heart.


Children can celebrate leap year with a fun frog craft at 3 p.m. on Feb. 29 by using a paper cup and rubber bands to make a frog that actually leaps.


Events at the Keyes Library are sponsored by The Friends of the Keyes Library. The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave., in Keyes. For more information, contact the library at 664-8006.