imagine @ your library

"People are surprised that we'll research their question.  They're surprised that we'll look in old issues of the Oakdale Leader, search teh Internet or put together a list of books they might enjoy."

Dian Bartlett,
Branch Manager
Oakdale Library

Children throughout Stanislaus County are filled with imagination and wonder as they explore the world through the library. Whether they come to listen to stories, participate in a craft project or check out a book for school, children of all ages learn from their experiences at Stanislaus County’s 13 libraries.

"Introducing children to the library and books is one of the most important things a parent can do to ensure that child’s future success in school and in life," said Sharon Arpoika, head of children’s services at the Modesto Library.

Through the Modesto Library’s Book Babies program, the youngest children (0-12 months), are introduced to the magic of books, with the use of music, nursery rhymes and very simple stories. "The joy of sharing books is an important gift parents can give their children from the time they are born," said Shari Ieiri, Modesto children’s librarian.

Toddler Time is a storytime designed especially for one- and two-year-olds offered at the Modesto Library. Preschool Storytime is offered at all 13 libraries and

sparks the imaginations of preschool age children through stories and songs. The Modesto Library also offers an evening Family Storytime for older children and their parents.

Each summer, the Stanislaus County Library conducts the Summer Reading Club. Kids read or are read to at least 15 minutes per day and keep a reading log. For every ten days of reading completed, they get a prize. They can repeat it and receive up to three prizes. Last summer more than 4,200 children participated throughout the county!

Special performances by professional storytellers, puppeteers and magicians are also scheduled through the support of Friends of the Library, the Stanislaus County Library Foundation and community groups like Omega Nu.

The purpose of all these activities reflects the library’s mission: to foster the love of reading and open the door to knowledge. If you don’t already, bring your children and check it out @ your library!

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Toddler Time

In 2000 – 2001

  • 7,069 new library cards were issued to children (0 – 11 years)
  • 4,226 children participated in Summer Reading Club
  • Children enjoyed story time 30,528 times in 2000-01 at libraries all over Stanislaus County
  • 17,621 children visited the library with their classes in 2000-01
  • 3,772 children were visited at their schools by library staff
  • 983,812 children's books and materials were checked out countywide
  • 48,606 teen materials were checked out countywide

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Book Babies

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Preschool Storytime

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