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Warm up with good books, craft programs at local libraries in January
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School-aged children can hear a reading of "Dem Bones" by Bob Barner and then create skeletons out of uncooked pasta at 4 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Turlock Library. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Library will offer free programs for children, teens and adults in January, beginning with the “Add Some Color to Your World: Coloring for Grown Ups” program from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 3. Adults can relax with a day of coloring and conversation at the library. Colored pencils, crayons, and coloring sheets will be provided.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Works: Skeletons will be held at 4 p.m.  Jan. 3. Following a reading of "Dem Bones" by Bob Barner, participants will create skeletons out of uncooked pasta. STEAM Works is designed for children in kindergarten and older.

The Turlock Library’s book club will meet at 10:30 a.m.  Jan. 4 to discuss "Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library" by Don Borchert. In "Free for All," Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. You’ll see cops bust drug dealers who’ve set up shop in the men’s restroom, witness a burka-wearing employee suffer a curse-ridden nervous breakdown, and meet a lonely, neglected kid who grew up in the library and still sends postcards to his surrogate parents—the librarians.  In fact, from the first page of this comic debut to the last, you’ll learn everything about the world of the modern-day library that you never expected. For more information, contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at (209) 664-8100.

Turlock Teens Talk Books will take place on 3 p.m. Jan. 7. This program provides teens with the opportunity to discuss their favorite books and find new book recommendations.

 The library will host a Pajama Story Time program at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth will join children and their families as they enjoy stories, music and fingerplays. Participants may attend in pajamas. This program is designed for ages 4 to 8, however all ages are welcome.

 Children can take part in a craft at 4 p.m.  Jan. 10. Crafters will make ornamental bird feeders that they may take home and use outside. This craft is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.

The Turlock Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m.  Jan. 11. 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.  Jan. 13. This month’s selection is "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" by P.D. James. For more information, contact the Turlock Library Reference Desk at (209) 664-8100.

The library will offer a binary bracelets craft at 4 p.m.  Jan. 17. Children will learn the basics of computer coding while making bracelets. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.

Teens are invited to attend the library’s new Fanfiction Club at 4 p.m.  Jan. 23. Participants will have the opportunity to write, share and discuss their creative fanfiction in a positive environment. The Fanfiction Club is recommended for ages 12 to 18.

Children are invited to build and play with LEGOs at 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Children under the age of 4 are welcome to participate, however, they must have direct parental supervision.

Family Game Day will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Families will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour of classic board games.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave., in Turlock.



The Keyes Library will feature two special events in the month of January. Adults are invited to join in for a relaxing day of coloring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 6 and children can create and decorate paper mittens at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the library.

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave., in Keyes.



 January events at the Denair Library will begin with the “Get Organized!” program for adults at 1 p.m. Jan. 7. Participants will learn about the bullet journal style of journaling, and create planners that may help them stay organized. Small notebooks will be provided.

The library will host a winter craft at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Ages 5 and up can make polar bear bookmarks out of felt and ribbons.

The T(w)een Tuesday: Button Maker program will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Jan. 17. Crafters will use a button maker to create unique pins that can be used to decorate backpacks and more.

Children are invited to the Kids Craft-a-palooza at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Participants will have the opportunity to make popular crafts they may have missed from previous programs, or craft a unique creation of their own.

The Denair Library will celebrate Unicorn Day on Jan. 28. Children and their families are invited to take part in a unicorn-themed story and craft at 1 p.m. Throughout the day, children who find the library’s hidden unicorn will receive a prize.

Get Organized, the penguin bookmark craft, Kids Craft-a-palooza, and Unicorn Day are sponsored by the Friends of the Denair Library.

The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd., in Denair.