Due to the Coronavirus situation, many Friends events have been temporarily cancelled or postponed. Contact us at info@modestolibraryfriends.org if you have questions. Be safe. Be well.

Looking for a safe way to shop for the holidays? The Modesto Library Online Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Mark your calendar–Nov. 2 through Nov. 15. You’ll find a link here on Nov. 2. Proceeds help the Friends support the Modesto Library’s mission.

Using the library to stay connected

By Judy Sly Herrero

This article appears in our August 2020 newsletter.

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Judy Sly Herrero, new FOML director-at-large

All of us are doing our best to stay connected to family during this pandemic, even to those who live far away. As a proud grandma of 3 – two in San Mateo and one in New York – I thank the Stanislaus County Library for allowing me to read to and with our two grandchildren in San Mateo even though we’re not sitting together in the same room.

Early on I learned about the Zoom app, which is free if you only want to video conference with a few people for less than 40 minutes. So I first tried using Zoom to read to the grandchildren by holding up a book before my laptop camera here in Modesto and then angling it so I could read the words to the kids – ages 5 and 2. It was a bit awkward but better than nothing. I could see their faces and hear their voices.

Then it occurred to me that I could download books from the Cloud Library or Hoopla and use Zoom’s share screen function so that the kids were seeing the same pages – pictures and words – that I was seeing on my screen. I could read to them or they could read to me — or describe the pictures at least.

All it took was my library card and a little time to get comfortable with the digital check out procedures and the share screen option.

I also appreciate the Online Resource list that the librarians put together. It includes some interesting web sites for us to check out and to suggest for the grandkids.

Even though the doors of the Modesto Library have been closed since mid-March, it is still providing wonderful services to county residents. Thank you.

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. 2019 projects include updating the furniture in the family area of the Children's Library, providing funds for adult and children's programs, and purchasing books for community events such as the County Fair and Día de los niños/Día de los libros.

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!


Mission Partners

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

Epic level ($1000 and above)

  • Beard Land & Investment Co.

Classic level ($500-$999)

  • McHenry Bowl

Bestseller level ($250 – $499)

Novelist level ($100 – $249)

  • Sonja Knutsen Interior Design
  • Valley First Credit Union

Other business partners:

  • Dittos
  • McGrath Moving & Storage Inc.

Companies that matched employee donations:

  • Automatic Data Processing
  • G3 Enterprises

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