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SCL: Questions and Answers
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You can find the response to your question by clicking on the letter associated with the subject of your question. EXAMPLE: 1) Do you have books on Pokemon? The subject is pokemon so you would click on the letter P to find the response. 2) Is the Blair Witch Project real? The subject is Blair Witch Project so you would click on the letter B to find the response. 3) You can also use the scroll bar along the right hand side of the screen to find the response to your question. Responses will be posted for approximately 30 days.


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Ancient Egypt Where do you have books on ancient Egypt?

Many of the books about ancient Egypt have a call number in the 932's.  The children's department has quite a selection of ancient Egypt books.  For more help or to locate a more specific topic within the ancient Eygpt books, please ask a librarian. 

 

AR Books Do you have any accelerated reading (AR) books?

The Modesto Library has a large selection of Accelerated Reading Lists, but it is important to know which school you go to.  Some of the lists are online.

If you go to http://www.stanislauslibrary.org   and click on Kids Page, there is a list of the schools with online AR lists.  

If you come to the library, the Children's librarians will be happy to help you. You may call us at 558-7810 to see if we have a list for your school.

 

ASVAB Test Books Book location for ASVAB books

ASVAB Test Books are located in the Adult Non-Fiction in 351.3 ASVAB or at the Adult Refrence desk. You can call or go online to place one of these Test books on hold or next time you are in the Library just simply ask a Reference Librarian for them.

 

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Bitting books
Bitting-potty training, where can I find books?

We have a children's picture book, XE PAL, called No Biting, Louise, by Margie Palatini, which is about breaking the biting habit, and another called Little Bear and the Big Fight, by Jutta Landgrueter about the consequences of biting. I couldn't find any more than that, but will keep looking.

We have several toilet training books under the subject number of X 649.6. Anyone in the Children's Department would be glad to help you find these.

 

Birth Certificates Where do I go on line to get a birth certificate copy?

Birth certificates are available from the county clerk-recorder's office of the county the person was born in.  Many counties have their own websites and can be contacted via email. To obtain a copy of a birth
certificate, contact the county clerk-recorder's office and follow any instructions they have for requesting
these records.

If you need to know addresses, phone numbers or even website addresses of these offices, let us know what county it is for and we can find it for you. You might also be able to find the information through a search engine (www.google.com or www.yahoo.com) on the Internet. Just put the county you need followed by "clerk-recorder". For example "Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder".

 

Book purchases
Can you buy children books from the library?

There are two ways you can buy children's books from the library. First, the Modesto Library sells used library books all the time, and you can often find used children's books to buy. These books are located around the corner from our check out desk. Second, twice a year our Modesto Friends of the Library sponsors a book fair where there is a huge assortment of new children's books to buy. Look for the announcements for the next book fair, probably this Fall.

 

Books How many books are there in the world?

No one knows for sure how many books there are in the world.  The GoogleAnswers website says that the Library of Congress has 18 million books, but there are more not in that collection. 

The University of California attempted to figure up the US and worldwide number of original book titles that have been published, both in and out of print. Their result was: -- 65 million book titles -- This might be the closest answer to your question.

 

Books How much information can books give you?

It might depend on the topic. Whether you're doing research for a report or personal knowledge, books can be helpful. They provide information on a variety of topics. Some books are more detailed than others, and some topics have more resources/information than other topics. In addition to books, databases and magazines can be a source of information.  If you need help researching a topic, please speak with a librarian.

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chicken noodle soup for the soul
do you carry that series of books?

The series you are looking for is called Chicken Soup for the Soul. For children, there is Chicken Soup for the Kids' Soul and Chicken Soup for Little Souls. All of these can be found in our catalog under Title ("Chicken Soup for ...") and reserved online, or ask at the desk of any of our libraries for assistance.

 

Computers Why can't we use the computers without a library card????

It is the library policy that customers have to have their card in order to use the computer. You use your card to make a reservation or to sign up for available computers.
Ages 4-12 use the computers in the children's room; ages 4-7 need to have an adult with them.  The children's computers are filtered. Ages 13 and older use the adult computers.

 

Country Do you have any books on Fiji Islands

Yes, there is a children's book titled Fiji by Rosaline Ngcheong-Lum in the Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock libraries. You can place a hold on it through our online catalog, or ask at any library for help in locating the book.

 

Creativity Help!
I have to be creative the only thing I'm not. HELP!

As far as creativity goes I can only give you some recommended reading to ignite the creative spark.  There are a few newer titles that we carry at the library that might help you get started with whatever it is you need to do:
The Spark: igniting the creative fire that lives within us; by Lyn Heward
Understanding Creativity; by Jane Piirto
How to be creative if you never thought you could; by Tera Leigh
Hope this helps!

 

Charlamagne Do you have any books available for Charlamagne?

We do have books about Charlemagne.  Most of what we have here in the library are biographies about him.  We also subscribe to the database "Biography Resource Center," accessed through the library's web site, that should provide you with a lot of information too.

 

Celebrity Information How can we be sure that when we write a letter to a celebrity they actually get it? I can find an address of an agency that represents them but how can I be sure that someone else is not reading it? Unfortunately, there is really no way to tell if anyone gets your letters unless you talk to them and ask them. Frequently, celebrities get so many fan letters that they hire people to answer the letters for them. You could send a letter registered mail, but that only confirms that the letter made it to the address in question. I think you just have to hope that the celebrity agent passes on your letter. Thanks for using the library's question & answer service.

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Dr. Seuss What section are the Dr.Seuss books?

Our Dr. Seuss books are in two spots.  XE Readers and XE picture books. Different titles are in each section.  If you stop by the children's department, we can show you where they're located.

 

Dragon Tales Do you have any Dragon Tales books?

If you mean the Dragon books by Dav Pilkey, the answer is yes. If you mean books to go with the TV program, the answer is no.

 

DVD for Kids
Is there any way you could get more DVD for kids?

We add new children's DVDs to our collection every week, but the demand continues to outstrip our collection. Since we have a limited amount of money to spend on DVDs each year, it will likely take several more years to build up our collection to the size we would like it to be. In the meantime, you may make suggestions of DVDs you would like us to consider for purchase. And, with the limited collection we currently have, the best way to make sure you can borrow the titles you'd like is to place a hold on them.

 

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Elle Woods - Attorney at Law I am looking for information about Elle Woods - Attorney at Law Elle Woods is a character played by Reese Witherspoon in the movies Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2.
Employment How could I become a librarian, I am very interested and willing to do whatever it takes.

To become a librarian you need to have a masters degree in Library Information Science.  The nearest college that offers this degree is San Jose State University, but there are other colleges in the country that offer this degree totally online.  To work at this library your degree must be from an ALA accredited school (although not all libraries require that), but you'll want to be aware of a library school's status before you enroll.

Here is a link to the American Library Association's website on education and careers in library science:
http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/index.cfm

Depending where you are in your education, the Stanislaus Library has different job opportunities. Here is a link to the library's current openings for librarians:
http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_employment.shtml

You can follow a link from that page to see Stanislaus County's Job Openings, which lists jobs at the library which do not require the masters degree, such as Library Assistant, Administrative Clerk, and Library Page. Recruitments for most of these positions have just closed, so if you are interested in these jobs, you will need to check back periodically to see when we will be hiring again.

 

E-mail I would like to check my mail online if possible Yes, you can check your e-mail online at the library.  You need to know your e-mail providers web address.  For example.  If you have your e-mail account with AOL you would go to aol.com and enter your information for your account to come up.  If you need assistance when you come in, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.
E-books Does the library offer e-books?

To date, the library has been unable to offer e-books due to both budget restraints and format compatibility issues. Most compatibility issues have been resolved and thanks to a grant from the Stanislaus Library Foundation, we are now in the process of establishing an e-book collection. We anticipate launching the new collection in the Spring of 2012.

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Fairies

Where can I find books on fairies?

The children's library has both non-fiction and fiction titles about fairies. Fairy tales are located in X398 and fiction stories about fairies are located by the author's last name. One popular fairy series is the Disney fairies series about Tinker Bell and her friends.

 

Fines

How much for each book, per day ??

The charge is 25 cents per day per item. For more information, at our homepage, choose the option "About the Library " then click on "Library Services" and finally, click on "Loan Periods, Limits & Renewals."
For more information about Loan Periods and Fines.

 

Friendship What do you think the best friendship book is?

In order to help you find the best friendship book for your needs we need more information.  Please call the children's library at 558-7810.  We would be happy to help you find a great friendship book.

 

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Golden Lion Tamarin Do you have any books on the Golden Lion Tamarin?

We do not have a book specifically on the Golden Lion Tamarin.  However, we do have a book in Salida called "South American Monkeys," which includes information on the lion tamarin.  We could try looking in animal encyclopedia sets or the World Book Encyclopedia.  Finally, we can try looking in our databases for articles.

 

Graphic Novel What is a graphic novel? I need to know for the summer reading club.

graphic novel  

A novel whose narrative is related through a combination of text and art, often in comic-strip form.

Examples of graphic novels are as follow:

  • Batman: War on Crime   
  • Robin: A Hero Reborn   (This collects early adventures of the third Robin, Batman's latest sidekick. 
  • Batgirl: Silent Running        
  • A Knight Alone  

A very good new series about the new Batgirl, Cassandra Cain -- a mute girl trained by an assassin to be the perfect fighter.  Co-starring Oracle (aka Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl) and Batman himself.  Good writing by Kelley Puckett.  

  • Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street   (1563899086, 12.95)
  • Catwoman: Selina's Big Score   (hc 1563898977, 24.95)

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Harry Potter Are all the Harry Potter movies based off the books? Yes, all the Harry Potter movies are based on the books.
High School yearbooks
Do you have the Modesto High school yearbooks for the years 1949-1950?

The Stanislaus County Library does indeed have the Modesto High yearbooks for 1949 and 1950.  They are at the Modesto Branch in our basement archives.  They are available to be used within the library.  To access them go the the right rear corner of the library and inquire at the Magazine Desk.

 

Holds

How do I reserve a book online?

To place a hold on a book or video:

1. At the library's home page, choose FIND/RENEW MATERIALS from the menu on the left, then click on LIBRARY CATALOGS
2. Click on the IPAC CATALOG to open. 
3. Once you get into the catalog, search for the item you want using author, subject, title, keyword, etc. 
4. When you find the item you want, click on the title to bring up the details.
5. To place the item on hold click REQUEST ITEM.
6. Enter your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number, then click LOGIN.
7. A summary screen will open allowing you to select the library branch you want the book delivered to.
8. Once you have verified the information, click REQUEST.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins Are there any books like Island of the Blue Dolphins? Yes, try Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry or Abel's Island by William Steig.

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Job How old do you have to be to get a job in the library?
I spoke with Human Resources, and the answer is "14 and eligible for a work permit".

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Librarian How could I become a librarian, I am very interested and willing to do whatever it takes.

To become a librarian you need to have a masters degree in Library Information Science.  The nearest college that offers this degree is San Jose State University. There are many colleges and universities that offer this degree online, including San Jose State University.  To work at Stanislaus County Library your degree must be from an ALA accredited school (although not all libraries require that), but you'll want to be aware of a library school's status before you enroll.

Here is a link to the American Library Association's website on education and careers in library science:
http://www.ala.org/ala/education/educationcareers.htm

Depending where you are in your education, the Stanislaus Library has different job opportunities. Here is a link to the library's current openings for librarians:
http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_employment.shtml

You can follow a link from that page to see Stanislaus County's Job Openings, which lists jobs at the library which do not require the masters degree, such as Library Assistant, Administrative Clerk, and Library Page. Recruitments for most of these positions have just closed, so if you are interested in these jobs, you will need to check back periodically to see when we will be hiring again.

 

Librarian How long does it take to do what you are doing?

To become a librarian, you attend college and graduate school.  Librarians have a master's degree from an accredited graduate program.  It depends on how long you take to complete your education and how many credits/classes you take each year.  College may take 4-6 years, and graduate school usually takes 2 years or longer.

 

Library cards Can I get a library Card?

Yes, anyone can get a library card. Bring a photo ID and proof of your current mailing address (a phone bill, utility bill, etc.) to the library. Just inside the main entrance is an information desk; go to it, fill out a 1-page application, present your ID and proof of address and then... voila! You will have your own library card!

 

Library cards Why do we need library cards?

Library cards can be used in a variety of ways. Typically, they are used to borrow materials (books, audio-books, etc.) from a library. The materials are to be returned to the library before or on their due date. If they are returned late, a fine is incurred.  

If an item you want is checked out, you can use your library card to request a hold on the item. When the item is available, it will be held a few days for you.

From the library website (accessed on a computer at home, for example), library cards can be used to access the databases that libraries subscribes to use. At our library, databases are free to library customers and provide reliable resources for research or informational purposes.

Library cards can be used to access computers at the library, which can be used to get onto the Internet.  (The computers with the library catalog usually don't require a library card unless you're requesting a hold for an item.)


Library cards Is there a fee if you lost or misplaced your library card? Yes.  It is $1 to replace your library card when it has been lost.
Lion the witch and the wardrobe For The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series, which book comes next?

The Chronicles of Naria series can be read in different sequences.  The two sequences I found are:

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (c) 1950
  2. Prince Caspian (c) 1951
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (c) 1952
  4. The Silver Chair (c) 1953
  5. The Horse and His Boy (c) 1954
  6. The Magician's Nephew (c) 1955
  7. The Last Battle (c) 1956

 

  1. The Magician's Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle
Little boy Help me find the book where a little boy grew up the son of a field laborer, the father had an accident and died.
Thanks for the question and details.  I'm unsure of which book you are wanting.  If you can, please come into the library or give us a call, and we'll try to help you find this book.

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Missions I am looking for mission books. Ii want to see how they make them.
The Modesto Children's Library and the branch
libraries all have books which show how to make models of the California Missions. Please visit us in person or online to find these books.
Modesto Bee Articles I need to know - Do you have archived articles from the Modesto Bee available for for viewing over the web for FREE?

There are a few articles from each issue of the Modesto Bee available in the library's magazine index (EBSCO Host). Since many of the articles in the Bee actually come from the Associated Press, Knight-Ridder, and other newswire services, you will find them in EBSCO, but it won't be possible to know if they also appeared in the Modesto Bee. The Modesto Library has complete back issues of the Modesto Bee, dating back to 1933 and even earlier for the newspaper's previous titles. These back issues are usually on microfilm. We have a searchable index to complement the Bee's online index and an older index on microform. Please visit the Reference Desk or call 558-7814 for assistance using these indexes or locating specific articles.

 

Money How does the library make their money if this is a free library?

The library gets the money to buy the books, magazines, videos, and other materials as well as operate the 13 libraries in Stanislaus County from a number of sources. The largest amount of money comes from the one-eighth of a cent sales tax dedicated to the library. The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, the California State Library, and library fines also provide some monies to keep the libraries open.  If you would like a more detailed account of where the money comes from please let us know.  The library is called free because you do not have to pay money to join the library nor do you have to pay money each time you check something out.

 

Myspace Why can't we [the Children's Internet computers] go on to Myspace?

MySpace is blocked from use on the Children's Internet computers because you have to be 13 or older to sign up for MySpace and the Children's Internet computers are designed for kids 12 and under . We have internet filters in place to help protect kids while they are online but no filter works 100%. If you are on our internet computers be sure to keep yourself safe by not using your real name or ever giving your address, phone number, school name or other personal information to someone you don't know. Even if you think that person is another kid.

 

Mystery Books What mystery books do you have for ages 10 and 13? The library has lots of good mysteries for all ages. You can pick up a copy of our recommended reading lists by grade level at any library branch, or on our website, stanislauslibrary.org (go to the Kids Page, then click on "Booklists for Kids"). In addition to the suggestions you will find there, some of my favorite mysteries are:

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
Any of the Sammy Keyes mysteries by Wendelin VanDraanen
Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian VandeVelde
Murder for  Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts

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Nevada
Where do I find a book about Nevada?

We do have books about Nevada.  We have encyclopedias and books for state reports.  Additionally, we have a database called Social Studies Factcards with information about various topics such as states; this database should be available from the website.  Finally, we have a few travel books.

 

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Obituaries Is there any way I can get a copy of an obit mailed to me in Oklahoma? Send us the name of the deceased and the date of death. If the person died in one of the towns in Stanislaus County other than Modesto, that information would be helpful. Presuming that we find the obituary, we can send it to you by mail or as an email attachment.

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Pompeii How old is Pompeii?

Pompeii has been occupied since 500 BC. It remained an unimportant village until 200 BC.  Mount Vesuvius blew up and destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD.  (source: World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 15, page 653)

 

Potty training Where can I find books on bitting and potty training?

We have a children's picture book, XE PAL, called No Biting, Louise, by Margie Palatini, which is about breaking the biting habit, and another called Little Bear and the Big Fight, by Jutta Landgrueter about the consequences of biting. I couldn't find any more than that, but will keep looking.

We have several toilet training books under the subject number of X 649.6. Anyone in the Children's Department would be glad to help you find these.

 

Placing a hold How do you order a book online?

1. At the library's home page, choose FIND/RENEW MATERIALS from the menu on the left, then click on LIBRARY CATALOGS
2. Click on the IPAC CATALOG to open. 
3. Once you get into the catalog, search for the item you want using author, subject, title, keyword, etc. 
4. When you find the item you want, click on the title to bring up the details.
5. To place the item on hold click REQUEST ITEM.
6. Enter your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number, then click LOGIN.
7. A summary screen will open allowing you to select the library branch you want the book delivered to.
8. Once you have verified the information, click REQUEST.

 

Property ownership

I'm trying to find out who owns a vacant lot. Where do I go to find out who's the owner of a certain property?

The office you need to contact to locate property ownerships in Stanislaus County is the Assessor's Office. If you are a local resident, you are welcome to access the information at the Assessor's Office or if you are out of our area, the information will be mailed for a $2.00 charge per request. Visit or write to: Stanislaus County Assessor's Office, 1010 10th St., Suite 2400, Modesto, CA. 95354 or telephone 209.525.6461. 

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Robinson Crusoe Do you have Robinson Crusoe?

We do own Robinson Crusoe.  We have it in these formats:  book, audio, dvd.  You can call us at 558-7810 or go to our online catalog to place a hold.

 

Reading I really like the book FRANK K.STEIN is there more books or is there only 6 chapter books? Do they have to be read in order so you can understand the story?

At this time, it seems as though there are only 6 chapter books in the Franny K Stein series.  According to Amazon, book 7 will be published in 2008, but sometimes publish dates change.  I'm not sure if this series should be read in sequential order.

Rain Forest What is the largest rain forest in the world?
According to the World Book 2002 the "Amazon rain forest is the world's largest tropical rain forest."
Renewing library materials How do you renew library materials using the iPac Catalog? Here are the instructions:
1. Click on FIND/RENEW MATERIALS, located along the Left hand side of the page.
2. Click on LIBRARY CATALOGS
3. Select the iPac catalog by clicking on the link.
4. Click on the MY ACCOUNT tab located at the top of the page.
5. Type in your LIBRARY CARD NUMBER in the user id space, and the LAST 4 DIGITS of your phone number in the pin space, then click LOGIN.
6. Click CHECKED OUT from the menu across the top.
7. CLICK THE BOX in front of title so it shows a CHECKMARK and click RENEW at the bottom of the list. You may select all titles by clicking the checkbox in the dark green section.
8. When FINISHED viewing your account, use the LOGOUT button in the top right hand corner of the screen to take you out of your account.

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Dr.Seuss What section are the Dr.Seuss books?

Our Dr. Seuss books are in two spots.  XE Readers and XE picture books. Different titles are in each section.  If you stop by the children's department, we can show you where they're located.

 

Shelving cart Where is the shelving cart?

Shelving cart means the item has been returned recently.  Please ask a staff member to assist you; they may be available to go look for it.

 

Spongebob Do you have any books on Sponge Bob square pants

We do have a series of graphic novels about Spongebob. At this time, they are all checked out, so it would be best to put the titles you are interested in on hold. When they are returned to the library, we will hold them for you to pick up.  To find the book titles, ask a librarian, or look in the catalog under "Spongebob" (be sure you write it as one word, not two).

 

Stanislaus County Library When was the library built?

The Stanislaus County Library (the building at 1500 "I" Street) was built in 1971. It opened to the public on November 13, 1971.

 

Star Wars Do you have Star Wars books?

The library owns many many books on Star Wars, from novelizations to pictorial guides to the films. If you seach the catalog for Star Wars under "any word" you will get 455 titles. Call numbers that start with an "X" are books in the children's collection. You can place a hold on any title from the library's website (stanislauslibrary.org). Or, ask at the children's or reference desk for help finding these books.

 

Star Wars
How many books do you have on this subject

Between the children's and adult libraries, we have about 230 different titles on Star Wars, and for most of these titles we have several copies. Please ask at the desk in the Children's Department for help in finding these.

 

StoryTimes Why don't you guys read to little children every day?

Unfortunantely we cannot have storytimes everyday simply because we have other obligations such as school/class visits, other Library programs and Summer Reading. We'll keep your recommendation in mind though.

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Twelve Labors of Heracles Can I find a book on the Twelve Labors of Heracles?

Yes you can!  We have several books that list the twelve labors of Heracles including "Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z" by Kathleen Daly, "The Twelve Labors of Hercules" by Marc Cerasini, and in the "Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology" encyclopedia set.  If you need assistance in locating what the twelve labors are, please ask a librarian to show you how to find that information.


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Wizard
Why do you carry wizardly books?

The library carries a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, to meet the recreational and educational needs of the entire community. Many readers, both children and adults, enjoy fantasy fiction, and wizards, dragons and magic can be found in many fantasy stories.

 

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High School yearbooks
Do you have the Modesto High school yearbooks for the years 1949-1950?

The Stanislaus County Library does indeed have the Modesto High yearbooks for 1949 and 1950.  They are at the Modesto Branch in our basement archives.  They are available to be used within the library.  To access them go the the right rear corner of the library and inquire at the Magazine Desk.

 

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