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A weekly glance at the many programs for children and adults offered by the Stanislaus County Library system’s 13 branches. Some programs are ongoing, others are special events and all are free and open to the public:

KNITTING AND CROCHET CLASSES ▪  Ongoing

Knitting and crocheting help for beginners or those needing help with a special project. 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Waterford Library, 324 E St. 209-874-2191.

STAY AND PLAY ▪  Ongoing

After Story Time on Thursdays. Music, movement and sensory play. 10:30 a.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. 209-543-7353.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES ▪  Ongoing

New and classic picture books, flannelboard and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing, all for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Held regularly at most branches; contact individual branches for dates, times and locales.

WIGGLE WORMS ▪  Ongoing

Storybooks, lap bounces, music, dancing, rhythm activities, fingerplays and more at programs for babies, active toddlers and adult caregivers. Held regularly at most branches; contact individual branches for dates, times and locales.

NUTRITION AND OLDER ADULTS ▪  June 20

During this one-hour presentation, you will learn how to read food labels and rethink your drink. The program will also include interactive activities. 10:30 a.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. 209-543-7353.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB FOR TEENS ▪  June 20

Students ages 13 to 18 will write and share their ideas on fiction, poetry and more. 11 a.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

COMPUTER BASICS ▪  June 20

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. 1:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

INTERNET BASICS ▪  June 20

This one-time class will teach participants the basics of how to find information on the internet using our public computers. Take a topic to research. 2 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

ESL RESOURCES ▪  June 20

Free information session that highlights the English as a Second Language (ESL) resources available in Stanislaus County. Learn about the English Language requirements (and exemptions) for the naturalization test. 6 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

ALL AGES COLORING ▪  June 21

Stay cool this summer by coloring your way to relaxation at the library. Coloring pages and implements will be provided. All day. Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Road. 209-634-1283.

COMPUTER BASICS ▪  June 21

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. 10:30 a.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. 209-847-4204.

YOGA WITH ROSA ▪  June 21

Yoga is a type of mind-body workout that combines stretching and strengthening exercises with deep breathing for relaxation. 11 a.m. Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. 209-892-6473.

COSMIC SUNCATCHER CRAFT ▪  June 21

We will make cosmic suncatchers out of recycled plastic lids. 4 p.m. Hughson Library, 2412 3rd St. 209-883-2293.

BUILD A REMOTE-CONTROL VEHICLE! ▪  June 21

Children will make a remote-control vehicle during this STEAM program recommended for children ages 10-14. 3 p.m. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave. 209-664-8006.

FOOD PROGRAM: EDIBLE FRUIT FLAG ▪  June 21

Children will use fresh fruit and marshmallows to create American flags in honor of the Fourth of July. 3:30 p.m. Newman Library, 1305 Kern St. 209-862-2010.

FOAM VISOR CRAFT ▪  June 21

Design your own colorful visor. This craft is designed for ages 5 and up. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St. 209-874-2191.

FINGER SURFBOARD CRAFT ▪  June 21

Come to the Riverbank Library to color and create awesome finger surfboards. 3:30 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St. 209-869-7008.

BUBBLE PLAY ▪  June 21

Children will have the opportunity to play and experiment with soap bubbles and different types of wands. Join us for this fun yet messy outdoor program. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP ▪  June 21

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. 5 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. 209-847-4204.

EXCEL INTERMEDIATE ▪  June 21

This workshop is a continuation of Excel Basics and will teach you additional basic functions of Excel. Advance registration is required. 6 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

FAMILY DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT: THE GOOD DINOSAUR ▪  June 21

Children and their families can enjoy a family-friendly movie and picnic dinner at the library. Children can come in their pajamas. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket to sit on. 6 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. 209-543-7353.

FOLLOW THAT BALL! ▪  June 22

Come to the library and play croquet outside at 10 a.m. or come by at 1 p.m. to play indoor miniature golf. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave. 209-664-8006.

GLOW WORM BRACELETS ▪  June 22

Create a bracelet with glow sticks and craft foam. Noon-5 p.m. Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Road. 209-634-1283.

SUMMER READING ALL AGES COLORING DAY ▪ June 22

Relax this summer and spend some time coloring. All ages are welcome, so feel free to bring your friends and family. We will provide crayons, color pencils and sports-themed coloring pages. Attendees will have the opportunity to enroll in Summer Reading and choose from a large selection of books to check out and take home. No registration required. Noon to 5 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

PATTERSON LEGO DAY ▪  June 22

LEGO creations made during the program will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Younger children must be supervised by an adult. 3:30 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado Ave. 209-892-6473.

CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP ▪  June 22

The Lightbox Children’s Theatre and Carnegie Arts group will conduct an hour-long interactive workshop based on a popular story from children’s literature. Participants will learn how to reinvent stories through the use of movement and voice. Recommended for children ages 6 and older. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

UNDER THE SEA GAME DAY ▪  June 23

Visit the Hughson Library for ocean-themed crafts, games and treats. Noon-2 p.m. Hughson Library, 2412 3rd St. 209-883-2293.

E-MAIL BASICS ▪  June 23

This workshop teaches you the basics of creating and sending an email. You will need to have created your email account prior to the beginning of class. Advance registration is required. 1:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

DUCT TAPE BOOKMARK CRAFT ▪  June 23

Create colorful bookmarks from a variety of duct tape designs. This craft is designed for ages 13 and up. 3-4 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St. 209-874-2191.

STEAM CHALLENGE – UV KIDS ▪  June 23

Join us for our monthly STEAM Challenge. This month, we will be focusing on science and art. Learn all about UV (ultraviolet) radiation while creating a UV ray-detecting bracelet. 3 p.m. Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Road. 209-634-1283.

EMPIRE LEGO DAY ▪  June 23

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision. 3:30 p.m. Empire Library, 18 South Abbie St. 209-524-5505.

OAKDALE LEGO DAY ▪  June 23

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision. 3:30 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. 209-847-4204.

CERES LEGO DAY ▪  June 23

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for the library. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision. 3:30 p.m.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER ▪  June 23

During this STEAM program, children will build an anemometer, a meteorological device used to measure the speed of the wind. Children will also experiment with how rain drops are formed and how surface color affects temperature. This program is for children ages 10-14. 4 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. 209-543-7353.

MODESTO BILINGUAL STORY TIME ▪  June 25

Spanish/English picture books, flannel board and puppet stories, fingerplays, music and dancing for all children and their caregivers, particularly geared for ages 3-6. 10:15 a.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

COMPUTER BASICS ▪  June 25

Learn about basic computer use, including operating the mouse, using Microsoft Word to create documents and searching the internet. Noon-1:30 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado Ave. 209-892-6473.

SCRAPBOOKING FUN ▪  June 25

Open to scrapbookers of all levels. Participants will learn scrapbooking techniques, with free time afterward to work on their own scrapbooks. Some materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own. This program occurs regularly and participants are welcome to drop in at any time. Prizes are given out at every meeting. 12:30-4 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. 209-558-7800.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB FOR TEENS ▪  June 27

Students ages 13 to 18 will write and share their ideas on fiction, poetry and more. This creatively safe forum will allow teens to explore different types of literature while pursuing their passion for writing. 11 a.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

TECH CONNECT: FREE EBOOKS & DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS ▪  June 27

This one-time class will introduce participants to the Cloud Library App and the Hoopla App. Please bring your smartphone or other device. You will also need your library card number, PIN and any passwords you use on your smartphone or device. This class is conducted by library staff. 2 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 N. Minaret Ave. 209-664-8100.

Compiled by Pat Clark

Compiled by Pat Clark

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