West Sacramento’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., offers great, free programs in January to start the new year:
- Saturday, Jan. 9 – Special Tot Play Time: Little Mozart, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Parents and their kids up to age 5 are invited to a special play time in making small and playable instruments.
- Monday, Jan. 11 – Elders Celebrating Life Series: Series introduction,12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Come explore the natural aging process from “Doing to Being.” Discussion includes topics such as losses and gains, self-compassion and forgiveness, life review, surrender and letting go, new visions and more. Learn about the concept of “conscious aging” whereby we age with purpose and intention. Facilitated by Katheryn Haines.
- Thursday, Jan. 14 – All Things String, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new.
- Saturday, Jan. 16 – Post-It Note Art Crafts, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Teens (ages 13 through 17) are invited to come and create art crafts using post-it notes.
- Saturday, Jan. 16 – Financial Aid Workshop, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. High School students and their parents/legal guardians are invited to learn all the ins and outs of applying for financial aid.
- Wednesday, Jan. 20 – What’s Happening, Seniors?, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. This is a social group for older adults to discuss current events and timely issues.
- Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Evening Book Club, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Join in this monthly book club and explore new worlds. For more details call Cindy at (916) 731-5504.
- Monday, Jan. 25 – Turner Community Library open hours, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 25 – Elders Celebrating Life Series, Losses and Gains, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Explore the natural aging process from Doing to Being. Discuss topics such as losses and gains, self-compassion and forgiveness, life review, surrender and letting go, new visions and more. Facilitated by Katheryn Haines.
- Monday, Jan. 25 – Tales for Tails, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Children are invited to meet up to 5 (five!) very special dogs who love listening to stories!
- Wednesday, Jan. 27 – West Sacramento Friends of the Library Meeting, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The West Sacramento Friends of the Library support all programs held at the library. Monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday day of each month. The group is always looking for new friends to join.
- Wednesday, Jan. 27 – All Things String, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new.
- Saturday, Jan. 30 – Lego Day, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to come and show their talents in building using Lego. Lego and supplies will be provided. The best design wins a $25.00 gift card!
Ongoing events at the Turner Community Library:
- Buddy Reading, Mondays, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Practice reading with an older “buddy”. Each child will be paired up with a student from the River City High School Interact Club for a 30-minute reading session. Registration required. Call the Turner Community Library, (916)
- English Conversation Groups, Thursdays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Join the adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.
- Homework Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. FREE afterschool program for students, grades 3 through 8, to receive homework help. Pre-Registration is required.
- Hug-a-Bye Baby, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. A warm and cuddly lap-sit program that will share with parents and caregivers ways to stimulate language development through songs, lullabies, finger plays and books.
- Mother Goose, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents with children ages 12 to 36 months are invited to join the fun with music, movement, visual literacy and language development.
- Preschool Story Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents and children ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join for stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs to help develop early literacy skills and encourage children to engage in group participation.
- Russian Story Time, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Children and their families are encouraged to join in for stories and songs in Russian.
- Spanish/English Story Time, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Children ages 2 to 6 years and their parents are invited to stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger plays.
The library will be closed Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day) and Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.