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Peoria Library System
System Announcement
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Design The New Centennial Library Card Contest!

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

This coming year, 2020, we will be celebrating the Peoria Public Libraries' 100th birthday and you can help us by designing a special Centennial Library Card. We want to know what does 100 years of Peoria Public Library service mean to you? Show us through your designs!

All ages can participate, with the finalists chosen from groups of 5-11, 12-17 and 18+ years of age. Stop by your local Peoria Library today to pick up an entry form or download one with the link below. Entries are due on Aug. 1 and the winner will be announced in Sept.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Arizona Movies: Westerns and More

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jul. 27
Time: 2:30 p.m.

The landscape across Arizona made it a prime location for Westerns, many featuring John Wayne. Walt Disney also filmed in Arizona, as well as Andy Warhol. Marshall Shore presents this fascinating look at cinema history.


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Summer Reading 2019 Program
Peoria Library System
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Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading: A Universe Of Stories

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” which encourages participants to explore outer space and exercise their minds by reading at least 20 minutes a day. Participants can earn online badges to keep a healthy competition with family and friends. Beginning June 1, participants can start logging their summer reading activities rewards and even enter to win prizes. People who log 1,000 points can choose a free book from an online marketplace, while supplies last. Participants can earn one point per minute for reading physical or electronic books (including graphic novels), listening to audiobooks, and also for attending library events and completing online challenges!


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Book Clubs
Peoria Main Library
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Great Beginnings Book Club

Library: Peoria Main Library
Days: 2nd Tuesday 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 once a month in the Adult Fiction from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m to meet new people and discuss good books.

Announcement:
Starting in September, the Great Beginnings Book Club will be moving from Wednesdays to the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Please contact Mary.Vass@peoriaaz.gov with any questions.

Dates/Titles:

  • *Wednesday*, Aug. 14 - "The It Girls" by Karen Harpe.
  • Sept. 10 - "Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan
  • Oct. 8 - Any Ernest Hemingway book
  • Nov. 12 - "American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
 
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:

  • Aug. 15 - Any Zane Grey Western.
  • Sept. 19 - "Year One" by Nora Roberts.
  • Oct. 17 - Any horror story.
  • Nov. 21 - "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.
  • Dec. 19 - Any Christmas/holiday book.
 
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:

  • Aug. 20 - "Sarah, Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan.
  • Sept. 17 - "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan.
  • Oct. 15 - "The Shop on Blossom Street" by Debbie Macomber.
  • Nov. 19 - "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie.
  • Dec. 17 - Choose what we want to read next year.

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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.

 
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: Mary.Vass@peoriaaz.gov

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Crafting Sundays: Knitting and Crocheting Hangout

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Sundays; Aug. 4 & 18, Sept. 1 & 15, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 17 and Dec. 1 & 15
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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Craft Club

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Wednesdays; Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4
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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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.

The Technology Classes will be taking the summer off, but will back in August.
We look forward to seeing you then!

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Let's Speak Spanish

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Thursdays; Sept. 12 & 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21 and Dec. 5 & 19
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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Digital Downloading

Library: Peoria Main Library at the Adult Reference desk
Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 18
Times: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Ask a Master Gardener

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Saturdays; Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21
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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research, treatments available, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

 
Peoria Library System
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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.

 
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; Jul. 24 & 31, and Aug. 7, 14 & 28
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.

*Announcement*
Monday Night Melodies will be on summer hiatus through July. Please check back for upcoming schedules later this summer.

Click here for more information.

 
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!

 
Peoria Main Library
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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.