The New Year kicks off at the TurlockLibrary with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Workssession on robots at 4 p.m. Jan. 7. After a reading ofBoy + BotbyAme Dyckman, children will have an opportunity to design algorithms to instructa "robot" to stack cups in different patterns, using a set of symbols in place ofcode. Children will take turns participating as the robot, responding only tothe algorithm defined by their peers. STEAM Works is designed forchildren in kindergarten and older; children 4 and under must be supervised byan adult.
The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday. This month's book club selection isThe Art of HearingHeartbeats,by Jan-Philipp Sendker. When a successful New York lawyersuddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Juliahas any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote manyyears ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard about. The Turlock LibraryBook Clubusually meets the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am. Due to theNew Year's Day holiday, the book club will meet on the second Wednesday.A limited number of copies of the book are available at the Turlock Library.Please call the library at 209-664-8100 for further information.
The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan.10. This months selection will be Burglars Can't be Choosers,byLawrence Block. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, apassable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well withsome. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from thenot-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day RobinHood. (The poor, as Bernie would be the first to tell you, alas, have nothingworth stealing.) He's not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes.Like accepting a paid assignment from a total stranger to retrieve a particularitem from a rich man's apartment. Like still being there when the cops arrive.Like having a freshly slain corpse lying in the next room, and no proof thatBernie isn't the killer. Now he's really got his hands full, having to locatethe true perpetrator while somehow eluding the police -- a dirty job indeed,but if Bernie doesn't do it, who will? The Mystery Lovers Book Club meets thesecond Friday of each month at the Turlock Library.
The library will host a New Years themed escape room at10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 11. The New Year is finally here and you'reready for the "new" version of you, however, the list of New Year'sresolutions was accidently locked away! In order to break out of your bad habits from2019 and create a new and improved you, you must get that list! Can you solveall of the puzzles, codes, and challenges in time? This program is designed forages 18 and older, and sign-ups are required. Call 209-664-8100 to reserve yourspot at one of three sessions.
Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak will be the special guest for familystory time at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13. There will be stories, music and fingerplays. Thisprogram is ideal for 4 - 8 year-olds, however all ages are welcome.
Great Valley Museum will be in Turlock at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 fora presentation on volcanos. Children will learn about the different types ofvolcanoes, how volcanoes are formed, and have an opportunity to create theirown volcanoes. This program is designed for children in third through sixthgrades. Younger children must have direct adult supervision.
There will be an introduction to printmaking in a Fold Me aPrint class at 4 p.m. Jan. 21. Children will get an opportunity to experimentwith mirror images using tempera paint and cardstock paper. All ages welcome;children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.
The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a series ofenvironmental programs that will span over five months. The first will be onair pollution and the environment at will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 22. This programhas activities for students in preschool through fifth grade. It follows SecondGrade Common Core Standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards, butyounger and older grades are welcome to attend.
The Friends of the Turlock Public Library will be holdingtheir annual book sale Jan. 23 to 25. The book sale is the major fundraiser forthe group and helps fund various programs at the library for children, teensand adults. The book sale will be held at the First United Methodist Church at1600 Arbor Way in Turlock. A members only night will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Jan. 23 with memberships available at the door. The public sale will be from 9a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Prices are $1.00 for hardback and 50cents for paperback books.
For teens, the library will host the Turlock Teens TalkBooks group at 3 p.m. Jan. 4. Teens are encouraged to join other bibliophilesto discuss their newest favorite reads. The Turlock Teen Advisory Board willmeet at 4 p.m. Jan. 8. The board provides input on what kinds of programs andactivities teens would like the library to provide. During the hour-longmeeting, the group brainstorms and discusses ideas for library activities andservices for teens in Turlock. Community service hours are earned by attendingmeetings and helping with projects.
The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For moreinformation on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.
The Denair Library will celebrate the New Years at 4 p.m.Jan. 2 with a craft day that will see participants making a resolution chain. Createa colorful paper chain to drape in your home to remind you of your 2020 goalsand aspirations. Paper in various colors and other supplies will be providedfor this craft.
The Drawing Club will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 7, 14,21 and 28. Thismonth, Disney characters will be our focus for Drawing Club. Materials will beprovided for these events, but feel free to bring your own supplies as well.
Children will have the opportunity to play with LEGOandLEGODUPLOblocks from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29. LEGOplayhelps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, butmust have direct parental supervision.
The Denair Library will host its Chess Club from 3 p.m. to 5p.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29. Participants should bring their own chess boardsand pieces for a nice, friendly game of chess. Chess puzzles will also beavailable to solve. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, allare welcome. These will be unranked, fun games of chess. Come by and meetfellow players, and maybe even make a new friend.
Three more craft days will be held in January. On Jan. 9,participants can make snowy day paper people. On Jan. 16, the craft will be amagazine collage and on Jan. 23 the craft will be polar bear puppets. All craftdays start at 4 p.m. and all materials are provided.
The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. For moreinformation on Denair Library programs, call 209-634-1283.
The Keyes Library will help people keep track of their NewYears resolutions with a resolution board, which the library will help youdesign anytime from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17.
Come to the Keyes Library to celebrate the Chinese New Year.Make a paper rat to celebrate the Year of the Rat from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan.23.
Create a winter scene on a piece of cardstock paper by usingpaint and your fingertips at a craft session open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan.30.
The KeyesLibraryis located at 4420 Maud Ave. inKeyes. For more information about programs at the KeyesLibrary, call209-664-8000.