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System Announcement
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Peoria Libraries Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Sunday, Apr. 21

The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be closed on Sunday, Apr. 21, for a spring holiday. The buildings will reopen on the following Monday @ 9 a.m. Library materials that would have been due on Apr. 21 will not be due until the next business day.

Click here to view the Libraries' Scheduled Closures.

*The bookdrops will be unavailable during these times.

 
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LGBTQ: A History in Arizona

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Jun. 6
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

In celebration of our summer reading program and to kick off pride month with a bang, The Peoria Main Library is bringing beloved Arizona historian, Marshall Shore, to share his knowledge about LGBTQ history in our wonderful state.

 
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*NEW COLLECTION - Explore-To-Go!*

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Have you heard? The library has a new collection: Explore-To-Go! Explore-To-Go kits contain games and activities for playing at one of the many beautiful Peoria parks. Yoga mats, croquet sets and additional items are now available for checkout, with more to come! Ask at the service desks for more information.

 
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2018 Tax Information

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

2018 taxes are due on Monday, Apr. 15, 2019. Pre-printed tax forms are not available at the libraries. Tax forms may be downloaded and printed from the IRS and AZ Dept. of Revenue's websites. Arizona State tax forms are also available for photocopying. Forms are available at the following:

The Peoria Community Center is hosting an Income Tax Aide Program sponsored by AARP for those needing assistance. The program runs from Feb. 5 - Apr. 10.


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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:

  • Apr. 16 - "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane.
  • May 21 - "Ready Player One" by Ernist Cline.
  • Jun. 18 - "The Fixer Upper" by Mary Kay Andrews.
  • Jul. 16 - No meeting.
  • Aug. 20 - "Sarah, Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan.
 
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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:

  • Apr. 18 - Any poetry book/collection/poet.
  • May 16 - Any biography.
  • Jun. 20 - "Ice Princess" by Camilla Lackberg (Thriller).
  • Jul. 18 - Any Teen/Young Adult book.
  • Aug. 15 - Any Zane Grey Western.
 
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Great Beginnings Book Club

Library: Peoria Main Library
Days: 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:

  • May 8 - "Macbeth" by Jo Nesbo.
  • Jun. 12 - "Munich" by Robert Harris.
  • Jul. 10 - "Now That You Mention It" by Kristan Higgins.
  • Aug. 14 - "The It Girls" by Karen Harpe.

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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. - 3 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.

 
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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: Mary.Vass@peoriaaz.gov

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Craft Club

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Wednesdays; May 1, Jun. 5, Jul. 3 and Aug. 7
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Do you love crafting? Join us each month for our drop-in family crafts! We’ll have a variety of project stations for teens and adults! No registration required. Ages 12 and up, please!

 
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Crafting Sundays: Knitting and Crocheting Hangout

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Sundays; May 5 & 19, Jun. 2 & 16, Jul. 7 & 21 and Aug. 5 & 18
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet fellow crochet, knitting and sewing/needlework enthusiasts! Bring your own project to start or work on. Share ideas, help, tips, and patterns along with friendly and cheerful conversation. Beginning to advanced needlecrafters are all welcome. Must be 16 years of age and older to participate.


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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.

 
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Let's Speak Spanish

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Thursday, Apr. 18
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.

 
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Ask a Master Gardener

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Saturday, Apr. 20
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.

 
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Sustainability Classes

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Please see below for dates and times.

Peoria’s Sustainable University is a gateway to help residents proactively live in harmony with their natural surroundings. Sustainable U offers a variety of courses and workshops about landscape watering and design, energy efficiency, residential solar, gardening, composting, and recycling among others. Come grow with us, Sustainable U awaits you!

Click here to learn more about Peoria's Sustainability Program.
Click here to learn more about Peoria's Sustainable University.

Courses Dates & Topics:

Registration is required by calling (623) 773-7137 or visiting:  http://www.PeoriaAZ.gov/Recreation

 
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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about: The impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. RSVP at http://alz.org/crf or call (602) 528-0545.

 
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Digital Downloading

Library: Peoria Main Library at the Adult Reference desk
Dates: Wednesday, May 29
Times: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Come learn how to download free library books to your tablet or cell phone using the Greater Phoenix Digital Library and hoopla! Never have a late fee again! Wednesday, May 29, from 2-3 at the Main Library reference desk.

 
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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease. RSVP at http://alz.org/10Signs or call (602) 528-0545.

 
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Peoria Forward & ASU Present Peoria Entrepreneurial Sessions

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Peoria Forward is a high-impact partnership between ASU E+I and the City of Peoria designed to grow and scale the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the City of Peoria and accelerate economic development. Peoria Forward events are FREE and open to everyone. Events are interactive with engaging formats designed to build the Peoria entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 
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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; Apr. 24, and May 1, 8, 15, 22 & May 29
Time: 2 p.m.

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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.