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Local Hero

The Stanislaus County Library joins you in celebrating the people who have made a difference in our community. Each week through August 4, 2015, we will highlight a different local hero on the library website.

We are pleased to announce that this week's Local Hero is Jacob Berlin. Jacob (Jake) is a 12 year old with a heart for giving back. He created Project SGL which serves the homeless. He gathers donations of money and products, fills bags with water, sanitary items, food, snacks and a bible and then goes throughout the community meeting with the homeless and giving them the "bags of love" as he calls it. He also takes time to get their names, stories and prays with and for them. Jake loves his family, friends, pets and just about all sports, especially his Golden State Warriors!! Jake also started a peer tutoring program at his elementary school, Hughes, where he and a group of other 6th graders went twice a week to help tutor 1st graders with their reading. Information about SGL can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-SGL/243953765799599?fref=ts

Local Heroes featured for all weeks available here.

To nominate someone, please fill out this form.

Every Hero Has a Story
Summer Reading Challenge 2015

May 19 - August 4
Fun for the whole family
(grown-ups too!)
Ask your librarian for a log to get started.
Read all summer long to earn cool prizes or be entered into drawings.

More information

Library Services for People with Print Disabilities

California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Please follow this link to find your local Braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.

In partnership with DrivingTests.org, the library now provides 24/7 online access to the California Driver Manuals for vehicle, motorcycle, and commercial driving, plus practice tests.  

Driver Ed button link


The "Read Aloud" toolbar (located at the end of each page) provides tools that will allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, and magnify text. 

War Ink logoTake a few minutes to view this inspiring project. War Ink emerged out of a need to recognize veterans' service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities. This is both exhibit and forum, using tattoos as a springboard for California veterans to share their stories. Stark, beautiful, disturbing, and often darkly humorous, these tattoos are visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult to discuss openly.

PassportNeed a passport? Passport applications are accepted at the Modesto Library on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Processing time for passport applications is 4-6 weeks for routine service and within 3 weeks door-to-door for expedited service. 
• Customers planning to travel within two weeks or requiring passports to obtain foreign visas should make an appointment at the nearest passport agency.

More information available here.


The California Report Card

Here's your opportunity to grade California on various issues facing our state. Anyone can participate by taking a few minutes to assign grades to the state of California on timely issues including healthcare, education, and immigrant rights. Participants are then invited to enter an online "Cafe" to propose issues for future versions of the platform. 

The California Report Card works on all screens and is designed for mobile phones held vertically. To participate, please visit California Report Card

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Read Stanislaus County's first Community Novel.

Available here

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Affordable Care Act Information

Want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act?
Here are some useful resources:

Covered California
InfoPeople Affordable Care Act Resources

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Revised: June 24, 2015


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