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Peoria Main Library
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Explore the Library!

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It is time to "Explore the Library" at the Peoria Main Library! Join us for a morning of free exciting events and activities including: the Dino-Crew, James the Juggler, Deb’s Dragons, Crafting with Home Depot, the Peoria Police Department, facepainting, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, craft projects, the Seed Library, crafts for kids, and even a huge book sale! Bring your family and friends as there is something for everyone!

 
Peoria Main Library
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Digital Downloading

Library: Peoria Main Library at the Adult Reference desk
Dates: Monday, Oct. 22
Times: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Did you get a new smart phone, tablet or computer? Come learn how to access free library books on your device using the Greater Phoenix Digital Library and never have a late fee again! Monday, Oct. 22 anytime between 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Peoria Main Library Adult Reference Desk.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Alzheimer's Conference

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Monday, Oct. 29
Time: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter is hosting a FREE conference covering a variety of topics including: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's disease.

  • Registration required by calling (602) 528-0545 or e-mailing mburruel@alz.org.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Family Night – Make Wreaths Together

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Thursday, Dec. 13
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies, make a Wreath as a Family, and listen to music while sitting by the “Fireplace”.

 
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Main Library Volunteer Opportunity

Library: Peoria Main Library

We are looking for a couple of outgoing volunteers to oversee a monthly gardening and plant education program to support our new Seed Library. If you are an adult with a passion for sharing your knowledge about gardening and would like to help us provide workshops for our public, we want to hear from you!

If you are interested, please contact Jill Thomsen at 623-773-7566 or e-mail Jill.Thomsen@peoriaaz.gov.


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Book Clubs
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Between the Covers Book Group

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Bring a friend and come join us for a discussion of some great books and some fun! Newcomers are always welcome! Please call Cathy Coffman at (623) 773-8650 for more information.

Dates/Titles:

  • Oct. 16 - "Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber.
  • Nov. 20 - No Meeting.
  • Dec. 18 - Come help us figure out what to read next year.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Novels @ Night Adult Book Club

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Want to meet some interesting characters? Open a book. Want to meet some real-life interesting characters, too? Join the Novels @ Night Book Club! Book clubs are a great way to talk with friends and meet new people while exploring and discussing (hopefully!) good books. Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for a lively discussion. Adults 18+ please.

Dates/Titles:

  • Oct. 18 - "The Grip of It" by Jac Jemc.
  • Nov. 15 - Any Nonfiction.
  • Dec. 20 - Any Christmas / Holiday Book.
 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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After Lunch Book Bunch Book Group

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Days: Thursdays
Time: 2 p.m.

Bring a friend and come join us for a discussion of some great books and some fun! Newcomers are always welcome. Please call Cathy Coffman at (623) 773-8650 for more information.

Dates/Titles:

  • Oct. 25 - "Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See.
  • Nov. 22 - No Meeting.
  • Dec. 27 - No Meeting.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Great Beginnings Book Club

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Every great book starts with a great beginning. Start your day with a great beginning at the Great Beginnings Book Club. Join us in the Adult Fiction section on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m to meet new people and discuss good books.

Dates/Titles:

  • Nov. 14 - "Rabbit Cake" (Humorous Fiction) by Annie Hartnett.
  • Dec. 12 - Any Holiday Book.

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Arts & Crafts
Peoria Main Library
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It's Only Knit and Purl

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Days: Sundays
Time: 1 p.m.

Join us as we perform needle work by knitting, crocheting and quilting, all while engaging in friendly conversation on all range of topics. Beginners are welcome and you must be 16 years of age and older to participate.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Sew Smart Wednesdays

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bring a project or start a project with our friendly group of sewists! Use the library sewing machines or bring your own. For more information email: Jennifer.Crowell@peoriaaz.gov

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Crafting Sundays: Knitting and Crocheting Hangout

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Sundays; Oct. 21, Nov. 4 & 18 and Dec. 2 & 16
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us as we perform needle work by knitting, and crocheting, all while engaging in friendly conversation on all range of topics. Beginners are welcome and you must be 16 years of age and older to participate.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Craft Club

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library in the Community Room
Date: Thursdays; Nov. 1 and Dec. 6
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Do you love to craft? Drop in and explore a variety of project stations for teens and adults! Ages 12 & up. No registration required.


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Learning
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Technology Classes

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Visit here for Technology Classes' topics, dates and times.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a computer, or an MP3 player or digital camera, or go on to the internet, or have an email account, or learn about blogs and Facebook, or buy a computer? Then these classes at Sunrise Mountain Library are for you. The classes are open to all adult members of the public.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Let's Speak Spanish

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Thursdays: Oct. 18, Nov. 15 & 29 and Dec. 13
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All levels are welcome to attend from beginners to native speakers. The group is led by James Abraham, a Spanish Faculty Member at Glendale Community College.

*The Nov. 1 'Let's Speak Spanish' session has been cancelled. It will return on Nov. 15.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Ask a Master Gardener

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Saturdays; Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardener volunteers from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County will be available to answer your desert gardening questions, including but not limited to plant selection, irrigation, fertilization, pruning techniques, pest management and problem diagnosis. You can bring plant material or insect specimens for ID and advice.

 
Peoria Library System
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Seed Library - Gardening Workshops

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: See below for locations, times and dates.

Have you checked out your seeds, but not sure how to produce the best results? Don't get yourself in a pickle, peas lettuce help you! If you have the thyme, our free Gardening Workshops offer amaizing tips and tricks to help your garden become the cream of the crop! Click here to learn more about the Seed Library.

Sunrise Mountain Library:
*Registration is required by calling (623) 773-8650

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Fall Harvest.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Red & Green Peppers: Spice up your holidays!

Peoria Main Library:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, @ 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Planting Your Personal Herb Garden.
    To register, contact Tonya Stuempfl at tonya.stuempfl@peoriaaz.gov or 623-773-7556.
  • Miércoles, 12 de Diciembre Entre 6 p.m. Y 7:30 p.m. - Chiles Rojos Y Verdes: ¡Condimenta tus festividades Navideñas! - En Espanol!
    Para más información o para registrarse, llame 623-773-7437.
 
Peoria Library System
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Free Practice Driving Tests and Materials

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Peoria Public Libraries in partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offers free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.


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Fun & Community
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Card/Board Game Afternoon

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Wednesdays; Oct. 24 & 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21 & 28 and Dec. 5, 12 & 26
Time: 2 p.m.

Come play Phase 10, UNO, Old Maid, Hearts, Rummikub and other card and board games with us.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Monday Night Melodies

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Willow Room
Dates: Monday Nights
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In the mood for foot-tapping music? Monday Night Melodies, a free concert featuring three 20-minute sets, is for you! A variety of music, from Country and Bluegrass to folk, Oldies, and Ethnic will entertain you.

Visit the schedule here for the upcoming line-ups.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Tuesday Night Jam

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Willow Room
Date: The first and third Tuesdays of the month
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A free jam session open to everyone. Stop by and make some music!

 
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Northwest Speakers Toastmasters

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Date: The second and fourth Thursdays of the month
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. We are an “open” club actively welcoming new members! Please visit as often as you wish – no commitment or fees are required until you decide if the club is a good fit for you.

 
Peoria Library System
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Culture Passes @ Your Peoria Libraries

Check out a Culture Pass and get free admission for 2 people at one of fourteen popular venues around the valley. Enjoy the arts, museums, performances and more for free! Culture Passes are available at both The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library.

Available at your library's Circulation Desk


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For more events and programs, please see the City of Peoria's full Calendar of Events here.