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Library Foundation Hosts Local Teen Author

The Stanislaus Library Foundation will host Modesto author Juliana Presto at its annual Author’s Garden Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23. The gala will take place at 6 p.m. at the Modesto home of Ginger and Kent Johnson. All proceeds will benefit children’s programs at the library’s 13 branches countywide, including the Summer Reading program, which serves more than 10,000 school-age children each year.

Theme for the Garden Gala is ‘Young Minds +Libraries = Our Future’ and tickets are on sale now.

“The event is the Foundation’s primary annual fundraiser,” said Board Co-Chair Pat Portwood. “Guests will enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by Papapavlo’s, and hear an accomplished, young local author speak in a lovely, intimate setting.”

Juliana Presto achieved her dream of becoming a published writer at the age of 13 with the release of “Fire and Ice: The Awakening” in 2014. The final installment of the 16-year-old’s trilogy will appear this fall.

A unique and popular feature of the Author’s Garden Gala is a lively dessert auction.

“Local bakers are donating delectable sweets – from cakes to pies and pastries – for which guests will vie in friendly bidding,” said board member Carol Shour. “This year, one dessert will actually contain a piece of jewelry!”

It’s all in fun and every penny raised goes directly to the library.

Tickets, at $125 each, are available at or by calling (209) 529-1517.


The Stanislaus Library Foundation enriches lives in the community by raising funds to support key library programs, increasing awareness, and advocating for a vital library.