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Spring activities ramp up at Escalon branch library
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A number of special programs and activities – along with regular events – are on the schedule at the Escalon branch library, with a packed calendar for April.

The In-N-Out Cover-to-Cover Reading Club continues during open hours at the library, with the program open to youngsters from ages four to 12. The program runs through April 13 and children will receive an award for their choice of a free hamburger, cheeseburger or grilled cheese for every five books or 300 minutes read. Children that are not yet reading can have an adult read to them to qualify for the prizes. Pick up a log at the library and return it when filled.

A cooking demo is set for Wednesday, April 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., put on through The Edible Schoolyard. The program is recommended for ages six and up.

An ongoing program is the English Conversation Practice class, every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; participants are encouraged to practice their English language skills. It’s an opportunity to meet new people and learn English in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The program supports all conversational English levels.

Preschool storytime is on Thursdays, except April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; while the Escalon Writers Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Other regularly scheduled events range from Legos and Listen on the first and third Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tech Help Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; the Tween Anime & Manga Club on April 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Hooked on Crochet the first and third Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Special events include Playtime at the Library on Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., designed for those children ages two to five and their caregivers. This is an unstructured time to play with toys and make friends; it is informal and attendees can stay for all or part of the hour-long program.

Tuesday, April 9 will feature a Unicorn Party from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., recommended for ages four to 12. Celebrate National Unicorn Day with a party, crafts and visit with miniature therapy ponies.

Tuesday, April 23 offers a Faux Stained Glass class from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., recommended for ages 10 and up. Learn a step-by-step process to make faux stained glass using sharpies, paint and black glue.

Farm Friends and Books with the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5 while Bingo for adults runs on Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

PAWS 4 Friends runs Monday, April 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., giving kids a chance to read to animals in a relaxed setting; a Handmade cards program is scheduled on Tuesday, April 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., offered each third Tuesday of the month.

On Wednesday, April 24, the Youth Gardening Club will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Teen Advisory Board Meeting will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that day.

The Escalon branch library, part of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system, is at 1540 Second St., Escalon. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.