Manteca’s library has a whopping 91,000 books in circulation, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what it provides.
The library has been at its 320 W. Center St. location since the 1960s, but it has evolved and expanded to the needs of modern learners. In the past year, 36,000 e-books have been checked out from the library. Audio books, DVDs, and magazines are also popular items provided by the Manteca Library, in addition to printed books.
The library also offers a wealth of resources that is actively growing. The “overdrive app” is offered for free, allowing users to download free audio and e-books from their phone. The library’s online resources also go beyond books. Programs offered include Rosetta stone, DMV tests, live tutors, and ancestry.com. The library’s online resources can be accessed by computer either from the library, or from home for anyone with a library card.
Library cards are easily obtained. For someone over 18, all one needs is a current photo ID, proof of current address. Minors can also get library cards with the presence and permission of a parent or guardian.
The Manteca library is actively involved with the community as well. The meeting room in the library is used by organizations like the Girl Scouts, Manteca Camera Club, and several others. Individuals and families are equally welcome to find an indoor activity in Manteca’s library.
Several programs are offered weekly or monthly that cater to readers of different ages and backgrounds. Book Buddies, a biweekly event, helps expand child reading skills. The library will also begin holding ESL night in August, to assist adults whose second language is English in developing conversational skills. Visitors can also get help with e-books, social media, or simply understanding devices with tech help Tuesdays.
Upcoming library events include:
Tech Help Tuesday: Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.
All About Baby (songs, rhymes, and storybooks for ages 0-2 and caregivers): every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Book Buddies: every Tuesday and Thursday at noon.
Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show: Wednesday, June 29 at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Teen Movie Day: Thursday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Lego Club at 4 p.m. on the Mondays, Aug. 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.
ESL game night at 6: p.m. on the Mondays, Aug. 1, Sept. 12, October 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.
How to make Social Security work for you (navigating resources and programs with the Manteca Social Security Administration representative): Wednesday, Aug.24 at 3 p.m.
Library hours are Monday from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 1 to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday moon to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 209-937-8221 or 866-805-7323 or visit www.ssjcpl.org. The library can also be followed at twitter.com/ssjcpl or facebook.com/ssjcpl.