February is Library Lover’s Month at the Stanislaus County Libraries. Several libraries throughout the county – including Riverbank – will offer Valentine themed crafts and card making. Youngsters are invited to create custom cards using colorful paper and art supplies at the Riverbank Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. This craft is free and materials will be provided.
There are always activities for the youth in the community including a monthly Art Lab and in February the featured event will be string painting on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Guests will create art using yarn as paintbrushes and they are reminded to dress accordingly.
The new Monthly Knitting Club will meet at the Riverbank Library on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. This monthly knitting club at the Riverbank Library is for adults and teens. Attendees are asked to bring a project that they are working on, or just stop by to learn the basics. This is sponsored by Friends of the Riverbank Library.
The Friends of the Riverbank Library organization also meets regularly on the second Tuesday of the month. Join them and support the local library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.
The Stress Ball Craft event will be at the Riverbank Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Learn to make stress balls out of balloons. Relieve your stress with these fun squishy things. This is sponsored by Friends of the Riverbank Library.
Game-n-Craft will be hosted at the local branch on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Hang out and play at the Riverbank Library. They will have a variety of giant board games to play and an assortment of craft materials to use. Bring your friends and family and join in the fun, sponsored by Friends of the Riverbank Library.
There will be a Teen Health & Wellness: Fitness and Nutrition event on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Fitness and nutrition are key parts of a healthy lifestyle for teenagers. Local teen Avni Parmar will lead the class and help teens learn about making and keeping their fitness and nutrition goals.
The library’s Teen Book Club will meet on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Riverbank Library and then on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. the Riverbank Library Book Club will feature Melodie Winawer’s “The Scribe of Siena.”
Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs will be offered through the last week in March at libraries in Salida, Riverbank, Oakdale, Empire and Waterford. Volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, will provide tax preparation assistance on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St. in Riverbank starting on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Call 209-869-7008 for an appointment.
Taxpayers must bring ID and social security cards for each person who will be on their tax return and they should bring the prior year’s tax return, if available. Interested parties are urged to make an appointment, although walk-ins may be helped if time permits.
Information about regularly occurring library programs around the county can be found at www.stanislauslibrary.org, under the “Events and Classes” tab.