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See a Movie. Help the Library.

Join us for a Special Premier of “American Animals” at The State Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Modesto Library.

About the film:

Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After a visit to Transylvania University, Lipka comes up with the idea to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school’s library. As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream.

Tickets are $10 and are available at The State Theatre Box Office or at Bring a friend and enjoy the movie.

The Friends of the Modesto Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes goodwill and support by the community for the Modesto Library, stimulates public awareness of Modesto Library needs, and seeks out sources of cultural and educational programs for the Modesto Library.

The Friends of the Modesto Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in California. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. (ID#77-0038333).

Support Youth Programs

Friends of the Modesto Library raises money to support youth outreach programs like Summer Reading, Diá de los Niños/Libros and Kids Craft Fairs. We volunteer at these and other Library events throughout the year.

Support the Modesto Library

Modesto Friends raised money for the giant aquarium inside the Modesto Library, as well as new benches in the Children’s area and new paint throughout the Modesto Library. 2018 projects include continuing education for Library staffers and new books for the Children’s library.

Serve the community

Modesto Friends reach out with programs like supporting the Book Club at Juvenile Hall and Free Books at the Stanislaus County Fair. Our efforts raise awareness of the importance of the Library and of reading. Join us today!


Many local businesses support the Friends of the Modesto Library. We encourage you to support them when you shop, as they are supporting us.

Epic level ($1000 and above)

Classic level ($500-$999)

Bestseller level ($250 - $499)

  • American Chevrolet
  • Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency

Novelist level ($100 - $249)

  • Sonja Knutsen Interior Design

Other business partners:

  • dittos
  • McGrath Moving & Storage Inc.
  • Beard Family Corporation

Matching Gift Companies:

  • Automatic Data Processing
  • G3 Enterprises

Many employers will match your donations. Ask about matching gifts at work.