Gardening suggestions, tax support, ebook golf equipment spotlight February library occasions

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Gardening tips, tax aid, book clubs highlight February library events

Visitors to Turlock Library in February have a variety of activities to choose from, including arts and crafts classes, adult and youth book clubs and a special spring gardening seminar.

The February events begin today from noon to 3 p.m. with complimentary tax prep assistance from IRS-trained AARP volunteers. This tax help also takes place every Wednesday in February from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

The Friends of the Turlock Library meet today at 6:30pm. Guests are invited to participate in the nonprofit group that supports Turlock Library by raising additional funds, advocating for proper funding of public libraries and other causes at the city, county and state levels, and sponsoring special library programs dedicated to the benefit the Turlock community.

Story time for children under 5 takes place every Thursday in February at 11am. The activity includes books, stories, songs, finger plays and more.

There will be a crochet and knitting meeting on February 6th at 10:30 am. Intermediate crafters and beginners alike are invited to join in and learn or share tips and advice with others while enjoying a relaxing morning in the library.

Families can visit the library on February 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to participate in a Valentine’s Day card making event. All ages are welcome; Children under the age of 4 must be supervised by adults.

The Mystery Lovers Book Club meets on February 13th at 10:30am. This month the club will be discussing James Patterson’s The First Lady. Sally Grissom is a Top Secret Service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection Team. She knows something is wrong when she is called without witnesses to a private meeting with the President and his chief of staff. But she could not have foreseen that she would be forced to take on an investigation surrounding the First Lady’s mysterious disappearance with strict orders to keep it secret. The first lady’s absence follows the scandalous public exposure of the president’s affair, making it seem like she’s simply cutting off all contact while she recovers at a horse farm in Virginia. What begins as an innocent respite quickly turns into a twisted case when the White House receives a ransom note along with the First Lady’s finger. As Sally races against the clock to rescue the First Lady, she uncovers evidence that leads to a disturbing conclusion: Could the First Lady’s kidnappers have originated from the White House?

Community members can register to attend an Open Sew event on February 14th and 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library provides the sewing machines, irons, and sewing tools (tape measures, seam rippers, pins, etc.). Individuals must be able to work independently on their own projects. Open Sew is designed for children aged 14+ and takes place in the library’s Makerspace.

Teens can sign up to attend a stop motion lab session taking place on February 16 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to create their own film using various devices and crafts. All materials are provided. This event is for 12-18 year olds. Space is limited; Pre-registration required. For more information, contact Turlock Library at 209-664-8100.

The February Teen Book Box pickup is on February 21st. Students in grades 6-12 can sign up for the library’s free teen subscription box. Each box contains a handpicked recommendation based on the teen’s likes, treats, and swag. Return the book and box by the due date, but keep the treats and loot. Teens can sign up for another exciting box each month for pickup at the Stanislaus County Library location of their choice.

Children have the opportunity to build a creation together from the library’s collection of soft blue blocks on February 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome; Children under the age of 4 must be supervised by adults.

It’s cold outside, but it’s time to start planning your garden for the warmer months. On February 22 at 18:00, a spring vegetable gardening class will be held by master gardeners. This class is all about planting tomatoes, corn, summer and winter squash, peppers, eggplant, and more. Learn how to grow vegetable plants in soil and containers. Great class for novice gardeners.

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy an hour of free play, music and movement on February 27th from 10am to 11am. Children must be supervised by parents or legal guardians.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; 12pm to 8pm Wednesday; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.