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More Than Books - Library Draws In Community
It's more than just a place to take out a book.

In fact, many people use the library for multiple activities, from getting on the computer to joining a book club, providing entertainment for the kids and learning new skills.

Riverbank librarian Vicky Holt-Angulo said the local branch at 3442 Santa Fe is often a hot spot, from kids coming in after school to get on the computers for homework help or doing a little social networking, to preschoolers with their parents coming in for storytime.

Today, Wednesday, Sept. 12, there will be a special program offered at 3:30 p.m. aimed at kids 10 and up. Billed as a 'Teen's Duct Tape' workshop to make pencil pouches that will fit in their school binders, Holt Angulo said they also will allow younger kids to participate in the free craft. There will be plenty of colorful tape so the pouches can be custom made and volunteers will be on hand to help with the instruction.

"We also have a lot of different classes," Holt Angulo said of regular offerings through the Riverbank location.

Next up, on Saturday, Sept. 15 will be a basic Internet computer class for adults, while a full slate of October classes is scheduled, with Monday classes in Spanish and Saturday classes in English.

Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, the library will host classes from 10 a.m. to noon for Spanish speakers, with basic computer, Internet, Word and Excel covered, each week with a different topic. The English speakers' classes will include a class on Word on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Excel on Oct. 27, each from noon to 2 p.m.

"We have two volunteers, sisters Clara and Kathia Hernandez, from Riverbank that put them on," Holt-Angulo said.

Additional programs still coming up this month will include the preschool storytime on Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and the Mayor's Book Club that same day at 11 a.m., with Mayor Virginia Madueno stopping in to share stories with the children.

The library's Adult Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to discuss the book 'Atonement."

"We meet the fourth Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.," Holt Angulo said of the adult readers.

Part of the Stanislaus County Library system, the Riverbank branch is open five days a week. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday noon to 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.