The Turlock Library will begin its January activities with an all-day coloring event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. and then the Friends of the Turlock Public Library will gather at 6:30 p.m.
This month's selection for the book club is “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” by Susan Vreeland. Louis Comfort Tiffany staffs his studio with female artisans--a decision that protects him from strikes by the all-male union--but refuses to employ women who are married. Lucky for him, Clara Driscoll's romantic misfortunes ensure that she can continue to craft the jewel-toned glass windows and lamps that catch both her eye and her imagination.
All are invited to attend the monthly board meeting of thboarde Friends of the Turlock Public Library. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month in the library.
The library will host a Harry Potter Escape Room. on Friday. This activity is designed for ages 9-18. Peeves has locked you in Gryffindor Tower and you have only 45 minutes to escape before the last group leaves for Hogsmeade. Call 664-8100 to sign up for one of four sessions at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required.
The next meeting of the Turlock Teens Talk Books will be 3 p.m. Saturday. Teens are invited to join fellow bibliophiles for a discussion about their newest read.
The library will hold a Craft-a-palooza at 4 p.m. Jan. 8. There will be a variety of craft supplies out while they last. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.
The Turlock Teen Advisory Board will next meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 9. The board provides input on what kinds of programs and activities teens would like the library to provide. During the hour-long meeting, participants 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 Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11. This month’s selection is “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen. A serial killer with the precision of a man of medicine is dubbed "The Surgeon" by Boston newspapers. The only clue police have is the two-year-old attack on Dr. Catherine Cordell, who killed her assailant. Now, this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. And with every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home.
Children will be able to create their own winter forest landscape using construction paper and applying a layering technique to their artwork during the next Turlock Art Lab session at 4 p.m. Jan. 15. All ages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.
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. Jan. 22. 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. For more information on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library using the library’s LEGO and LEGO DUPLO blocks from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in January. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.
The Denair Library will host four Craft Days in January. The first, at 4 p.m. Jan. 3, will feature a New Year’s Resolution Chain. Create a colorful paper chain to drape in your home to remind you of your 2019 goals and aspirations. Paper in various colors and other supplies will be provided for this craft.
Visitors to the library at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 can make a rainy day scene from provided art supplies. Paper, pipe cleaners, ribbon, cotton, markers, and more will be available to crafters.
Shadow puppets are the craft set for 4 p.m. Jan. 17. The library will provide the templates of various animals, shapes, and characters to cut out as well as the popsicle sticks or plastic spoons to suspend them to. Turn off the lights, turn on a flashlight, and enjoy.
At 4 p.m. Jan. 31, participants can create bookmarks out of craft supplies.
The library will host two Crochet for Beginners classes in January — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26. Participants can learn basic techniques from a crochet instructor. Bring your own crochet hooks; yarn will be provided.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. For more information on Denair Library programs, call 209-634-1283.
The Keyes Library will host three craft events in January.
Wave in the New Year with a wish and a swish by creating a Star Wand filled with glitter, beads and cheer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 10.
Library visitors on Jan. 18 can make chain link and ribbon bracelets. Link chain trim together and garnish with ribbon to match any outfit.
Participants can create a snowman out of baking soda and watch as it liquefies into a fun melty mess from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Carrot nose included.
The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. in Keyes. For more information about programs at the Keyes Library, call 209-664-8000.