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Stanislaus County Libraries Plan Programs For August
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Libraries across Stanislaus County are moving closer to normal operations, including having resumed regular circulation policies as of Aug. 1. The regular checkout period is 21 days. Items may be renewed twice, unless there is a hold on the item. Overdue fines are 25 cents per day, with a maximum of $2 per item on children’s and teen materials, and $10 per item on adult materials.

Also, with libraries now open, self-service printing is available. Black and white prints are 10 cents each, and color prints are 25 cents each. Library cardholders are allotted 20 cents toward printing daily, or the equivalent of two free black and white prints per day.

The libraries are establishing new hours as they restore services to the communities. The new hours that began in August can be viewed online at

The Summer Reading Challenge has come to an end. Winners of the ticketed prize drawings will be notified by Aug. 20. Participants ages up to 18 who completed the challenge will each receive a new book, while supplies last. Contact your local community library for more details.

Trivia fans will have the chance to enjoy the virtual events coming up in August. On Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., join in to test your knowledge of the mythic world of Percy Jackson, in celebration of his birthday. Then, Marvel fans can test their knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a virtual trivia night on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. All trivia nights are hosted on Zoom using the free app Kahoot! Advance registration is required.

Children can enjoy a number of engaging virtual programs from the Great Valley Museum this August. These programs are hosted on Teachable, a learning management system available through the library. Sign up for any of the programs to reserve an activity kit for the program, and the link to the program on Teachable. Then, sign up for the free Teachable course and look for the prerecorded instructional video in Teachable on the day of the event. Advance registration is required for each program, as space is limited.

Programs are scheduled to include: Motion and Machines, Aug. 17; Crime Lab Chemistry, Aug. 19; Owl Pellets, Aug. 24; Science or Magic, Aug. 26.

To learn more about these and other upcoming virtual programs, visit the library’s online calendar of events.

LearningQuest Adult Literacy offers free one-on-one tutoring for adults interested in improving their reading and writing skills in English. To qualify for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old, and test at or below a seventh grade level. Adult learners must commit to two 90-minute sessions twice a week for a minimum of six months. These tutoring sessions are held at the Modesto Library. Call 209-558-4505 to set up an appointment.