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Ceres Library busy in summer
Crafts, story times, summer reading program on tap
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Terry McMillan presented her collection of prehistoric fossils and shark teeth at the Ceres Library last Wednesday afternoon. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

A fascinating discussion of fossils and rocks was given to children and their parents at the Ceres Library last Wednesday. Terry McMillan brought by the remnants of some animals that no longer remain on the planet.

The program is one of many things being offered to youth who are on summer vacation.

"We are very busy at the library this summer," Branch librarian Carol Blomquist told the Ceres City Council last week.

The Summer Reading Program is in effect through August 2. Youth and adults may earn prizes by reading books.
In July, the Ceres Library will be offering three craft days on Thursdays. A craft project will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 3 to create structures using marshmallows and spaghetti. Children under four are welcome to participate, but must have direct adult supervision. A wind sock craft will take place 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 17. The final craft project for the month will be a pinecone birdfeeder from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 31.

Lego Days are offered Thursdays, July 10 and July 24 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A special demonstration on "Gases, Acids, Solar & More" will be offered by a Ceres High School science teacher at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

Dave Becker, the Stanislaus County safety officer, will present a Zombie Disaster Preparedness event geared for teenagers at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

Children's storytime - for all kids but aimed primarily to the 3-5 year olds - will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, July 22 and July 29.

An Xtreme Science magic program will be offered at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 28 for all ages.

The Ceres Library continues to offer the "Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. It encourages parents to read 1,000 books to their younger children by the time they reach school to get them more interested in reading and school. The program will go on indefinitely and has thus far draw 143 children involved.

The branch has downloadable eBooks through the library website. The branch now offers downloadable magazines through Zinio. Approximately 50 magazine titles are available. Persons should visit

The Ceres Library is located at 2250 Magnolia Street, Ceres, and may be reached by phone at 537-8938. The hours are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.; and closed Fridays and Sundays.