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Summer Reading Challenge to start at local libraries

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The Stanislaus County Library invites all ages to join the Summer Reading Challenge, “Find Your Voice,” taking place May 16 through Aug. 1.

Children and teens participate by keeping track of each day they read or are read to for at least 30 minutes. Adults are asked to track each book they read and can choose to also write brief reviews of the books they read this summer.

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A third of Stanislaus County speaks Spanish, but that’s not reflected in library materials

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More than 36% of Stanislaus County residents over the age of 5 speak Spanish, according to data from the American Communities Survey and the US Census. But at the county’s public library, Spanish-language resources are hard to find, leaving people like Angelica Sanchez in a lurch.

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Turlock library resumes programs after long layoff

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The Turlock Public Library is resuming several of its programs and events after activities were put on pause due to more than a year of renovations and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction began in March 2020 on renovations for the library and were completed in August 2021. The new, 16,530-square-foot library features teen and children's areas, a community room, a makerspace, and more.

One of the first events to return was Story Time, which is also one of the most popular events for children. Story Time returned on March 3 and is being held every Thursday at 11 a.m. Additionally, the popular Trivia Night returned during the month of March. Trivia Nights will be held every other month at various times, the next being on May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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Stanislaus State launches fundraiser for library

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A dedicated group of Stanislaus State alumni, community leaders and supporters have come together to launch a fundraising campaign in support of the newly renovated J. Burton Vasché Library.

Turlock residents John and Jeani Ferrari and Stan State alumna Marlene Stante are co-chairing the fundraising initiative, which is called “The Next Chapter.” The fundraising campaign, which officially launched on National Philanthropy Day, continues through May 1, 2022.

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New and improved Turlock Library opens to public

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A project over two decades in the making came to fruition this week as the newly-renovated Turlock Library officially opened to the public. 

Stanislaus County officials celebrated the completed $12.7 million project with a Grand Opening ceremony on Monday, while a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday welcomed the general public through the new library doors. The new library provides 60% more space than its predecessor, going from 10,000 square feet to now 16,530 square feet of expanded indoor and outdoor children’s areas, improved spaces for teens, a makerspace complete with a 3D printer and much, much more.

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Take a sneak peak: Expanded Turlock Library set to open with these new features

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The public can check out the expanded Turlock Library, including a new community room and enclosed courtyards, when it opens Tuesday.

With 60% more space after about a year of construction, the library on 550 Minaret Ave. features larger children and teen areas, a quiet reading room and a maker space equipped with a 3D-printer and sewing machines.

The renovation reconfigured the layout but kept the building’s cross-shaped structure and added about 6,000 square feet, said Bryan Sontag, operations manager for Stanislaus County libraries. The first difference visitors may notice is the removal of the second entrance on Minaret Avenue, Sontag said. New areas include the community room, two courtyards and the children’s library, the last of which used to be where a reading room is now.

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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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