Message from the President

2018 promises to be full of excitement at the Modesto Library. With funding assured for the next 12 years, library staff can plan with confidence for a vibrant, customer-focused library. Here are just a few examples of things to watch for in the coming year:

  • A new 3-D printer, which will be a cornerstone of the much-anticipated makerspace at the Modesto Library, can create anything from a working fidget spinner to a machine part. Stop in and watch it at work. You can choose and print from hundreds of designs – free! A portable, mini-3D mobile printer is touring the branch libraries, so everyone can have a look and give it a try.
  • Electric charging stations will soon be installed in the parking lots of the Modesto library and several of the larger branches. Electric car owners can charge their vehicles free while visiting the library.
  • Discover & Go – Your next trip to a regional museum or exhibit might be free, thanks to a new service provided by the library. Discover & Go will provide free passes to places such as the DeYoung Museum, Exploratorium, Asian Art Museum and California Arts and Sciences Museum.

The Modesto Library will continue to be a place of learning, community engagement and fun in 2018. Join us as we embark on a full, productive year!

— Denise Nordell, President

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

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.