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Escalon Library: Something For Everyone
Ports Display
The display case at the Escalon Public Library is filled with Stockton Ports memorabilia and information, the minor league baseball team the subject of this presentation. Local residents who have collections or unique items to display are encouraged to contact the library to find out about showcasing their treasures. Marg Jackson/The Times

From an upcoming special Science Saturday event to an adult coloring class, the Escalon Public Library has activities designed to appeal to all ages.

This coming Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon the library will host Marshmallow Catapults as part of the Science Saturdays series. Come to the library to design and build your own catapult and launch mini marshmallows at mystery presents. Get your marshmallow closest to a present to take it home. Science Saturdays are programs aimed at engaging children in science and mathematics through activities and experiments, guest visitors and more.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 the library will offer Winter Wonderland at 5 p.m.; parents and children alike are welcome to play in the snow area at the library, where it will be ‘snowing.’ Come and enjoy a craft booth to create your own Christmas bells. Following that, stay at the library for the 6 p.m. performance of the San Joaquin Bell Ringers, also offered on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This will be a delightful concert with the magical tones of hand bells and is appropriate for all ages; bring the whole family to this symphony of bells.

Frosty’s Magic Hat is scheduled at the library on Monday, Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Puppeteer and magician Tony Borders presents a festive show featuring magical characters such as Frosty, a princess, a genie and a spirited bear. The whole family is welcome to attend.

Several ongoing programs are offered at the library and include an adult knitting group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; learn to knit or just get help with a project. A dedicated group of skilled knitters teach knitting in this class, new knitters should bring size 7 or 8 needles (circular or straight) and acrylic worsted weight yarn such as Lion Homespun, Red Heart and Caron Soft.

Toddler and Preschool Storytime is scheduled each Thursday at 10:30 a.m., encourage literacy and share the joy of books and reading with stories, songs, finger plays and movement.

Children 10 and older can attend Makerspace on Thursdays at 4 p.m., with a variety of craft items available. Let your creativity flow and use the craft items to make just about anything you can think of.

After the start of the new year, an Adult Coloring Club will meet Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., open to all adults and at no charge, come join the free coloring club and rediscover the joy of coloring. The first meeting is set for Jan. 3, 2017.

Many of the free library programs at Escalon are offered through the generosity of the Friends of the Escalon Library.

Also available at the library, the Home Borrower Program, which is a free service for homebound seniors who wish to borrow library materials. You can help by becoming a volunteer; each volunteer is matched with a home borrower and takes library materials to homebound seniors. Call the Literacy and Outreach Office at 209-937-7778.

Escalon is a branch of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system.