September library events include art classes, gardening workshop

September is “Library Card Signup Month” and Stanislaus County branches invite everyone to celebrate.

With a library card, patrons have access to thousands of books and materials, digital resources such as downloadable audiobooks, e-books streaming movies and TV shows, and computers and free Wi-Fi. But, some may overlook many other great things a library card offers. Library card holders can view a California State Library Parks Pass for day use at over 200 state parks. Discounted or free tickets to museums and cultural attractions are available through Discover and Go, with a library card. A library card even grants access to home connectivity kits, which include a Chromebook, a mouse, a headset with a microphone, a hotspot device, plus power adapters and a carrying case.

This is also the perfect time to provide feedback to the library. During the month of September, the library will conduct a customer satisfaction survey, available in English and Spanish. The survey can be completed online at or in hard copies at the library. Library users and non-users are invited to share their thoughts.

The Turlock Library will host a variety of events in September, starting with a Wax Resist Art Class at 4 p.m. on September 6. Children will be able to create unique works of art using crayons and watercolors. All ages are welcome; children 4 and under must be under the direct supervision of an adult.

The Friends of the Turlock Library group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on September 7. Those interested are invited to come and support their local library.

Storytime will take place at 11 a.m. every Thursday in September starting September 8. Storytime features books, stories, songs, finger games, nursery rhymes and more! It is designed for children under 5 to participate with their caregivers, but all ages are welcome. Space is limited. Register all attendees (adults, children and infants) individually on the library website.

The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. on September 12. This month’s selection is “The Witch Elm” by Tanya French. Toby is a carefree charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he overhears two burglars who beat him up and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to realize he may never be the same man again, he takes refuge in his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying Uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as the detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he always believed.

Visitors to the library at 1 p.m. on September 19 are invited to pick up a brush, grab a paint tray, and join in on a fun and creative afternoon. Participants can create their own masterpiece by following an online tutorial. All painting materials will be provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Families will have the opportunity to build LEGO creations using the library’s LEGO and Duplo block collection at 4 p.m. on September 20. Each family group will receive a small bag of LEGO bricks to create their own sculpture within 30 minutes. Due to capacity limitations, each person must register individually. Participants are limited to 5 per table. Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.

Master Gardeners from the University of California Stanislaus County Cooperative Extension will present a composting workshop at 6 p.m. on September 28. Do you wish you could turn your kitchen and garden scraps into “gold?” Want to make your own compost to use in your houseplants and garden? This class will review the basics of composting and how to have a successful compost pile.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Friday and Sunday.

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