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Local Libraries Open For Limited Service

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Most Stanislaus County Libraries opened for browsing and checkout of materials on Monday, March 22. Capacities will be limited, in keeping with the State of California’s current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing will be required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time.

“We are so happy to welcome the public back into our buildings,” said Sarah Dentan, county library director. “And we are looking forward to expanding in person offerings as we are able.”

Library branches in Riverbank, Oakdale, Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Newman, Patterson and Waterford will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re very excited to see our customers inside the library,” stated Riverbank Branch Supervisor Vicky Holt, echoing the sentiments of library staffers around the region. “They are now able to come in and browse the collection. They can still use the public computers for one hour a day. We do have a limited capacity and masks are required. I think what we missed most was being able to interact with customers face to face.”

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Turlock Library renovations in full swing

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Construction on Turlock’s new and expanded library has been zooming along and is expected to be completed by early spring of 2021.

Also nearing completion is an equally important fundraising project that aims to make sure that come the grand opening the new library is a truly stunning and innovative facility for the community.

The library project is renovating the old building and expanding the footprint at the current location on Minaret Avenue. In November 2019, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved the project with a budget of $12.7 million and construction began in March.

Once completed the new library will be 16,530 square feet and will include larger collections for adults, teens and children, as well as new technology for the public to use. Additionally, the library will have several specialized rooms like a quiet reading room, a maker’s space, and a community room.

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Library offers reading recommendations, story time kits

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Stanislaus County Library staff have always offered reading recommendations and help finding materials of interest for customers, but COVID-19 has created a need to find creative new ways to highlight library materials.

Customers can now request personalized reading recommendations by completing a form on the library website. After answering a few questions about preferences, interests, and books and authors they’ve enjoyed, the form is sent to librarians for suggestions. Each request is forwarded to librarians with expertise in the areas requested by the customer.

“In recent months, fewer customers are asking for recommendations, but we still want to make people aware of the great collection the library offers,” said Reference Librarian Vicki Salinas, who created the Reading Recommendations Form. “Because people are unable to browse right now, this is also a way to highlight new materials.”

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‘A little piece of normal.’ What you can still do through the Stanislaus County library

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This time last year, librarian Amber O’Brien-Verhulst was popping Mentos into diet cola to demonstrate the kid-favorite, explosive scientific reaction to a captivated audience on the lawn of the Stanislaus County Library Modesto Branch.

This year, the pandemic halted in-person activities, but it hasn’t stopped the library from providing access to their services, books or other materials, though they’re mostly virtual.

“Our buildings are closed, but we are here,” said Sarah Dentan, County Librarian.

She said when the coronavirus hit, the library staff quickly pivoted their activities and services to online.

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Good news for Turlock readers

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2020: Not a very good year so far. But there is ongoing activity in Turlock that should make everyone’s days a bit brighter.

The walls of the antiquated Turlock Public Library are in the process of being torn down and the remodeling and expansion of the 10,000 sq. ft. library to the new 17,000 sq. ft. has begun. The 52-year-old dinosaur that has served our community so well for so long will now be a state-of-the-art masterpiece that will make citizens of Turlock proud.

There will be an expanded teen section, an attached courtyard (with vegetation) more computer space and computers, rooms to reserve for studying, meeting rooms, a Friends of the Turlock Public Library Bookstore and a  large children’s center with a private fully functional bathroom just for the children and  so much more.

You can follow the remodeling progress online at the Friends of the Turlock Public Library or the Turlock Library on Facebook or on their websites. You may want to be more than a frequent user of the library. You may have ideas to share, you may want to volunteer. Go ahead. This is YOUR library. Go online and stay connected. Be part of Turlock’s new source of pride. See you in the Spring of 2021.

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Stanislaus County opens ‘books for keeps’ library in lobby of Hackett Road facility

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Two-year-old Aiden Jones from Turlock wasn’t interested in the county leaders’ speeches at The Book Club Opening Day on Wednesday.

Instead, he was enthralled with all the books in the new children’s library in the lobby of the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency on Hackett Road.

The goal of the library is to put a book in the hands of every child who visits county facilities. Parents and caregivers can read the books to their children while waiting for an appointment, and then they may take the books home.

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March library events feature animals, both prehistoric and modern

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While Turlock Library will only be open for a couple of weeks in March before closing down for the start of renovations, there are still many activities for readers of all ages to participate in this month.

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 4. This month's selection is “The Husband's Secret,” by Liane Moriarty. Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Children can come into the library between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 4 and read to a four-legged furry friend. This program gives children a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere in which to practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog for 15 minutes. No sign-ups necessary. First come, first served.

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