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Peoria Library System
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Peoria Libraries Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Monday, Feb. 18

The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President's Day. The buildings will reopen on the following Tuesday @ 9 a.m. Library materials that would have been due on Feb. 18 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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Living with Alzheimer’s for People with Alzheimer’s

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Mondays; Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? Join us for this three-part program and have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are discussing what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you need to develop and work with your care team.

  • Registration is required by calling Katie Cruz at (602) 528-0545
 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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*NEW* 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:

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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BRAVO Peoria!

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Saturday, Mar. 2
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The City of Peoria, along with the Friends of the Peoria Public Library, present this annual family event and book sale. This year’s event will include a James the Juggler, Mark Cater the Science Guy, Cowboy Ric Balloons, a Henna Artist, face painting, a balloon artist, kid’s crafts, a huge book sale, and much much more. Families are invited to join us at the Sunrise Mountain Library and Camino a Lago Park. The park features additional activities for kids and families to enjoy. Funds from the book sale are reinvested in City of Peoria Library activities and events.

 
Peoria Library System
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Food For Fines

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Apr. 7 - Apr. 13

Give back to your community by donating non-perishable food and have your library fees reduced! During National Library Week, April 7 - 13, 2019, 50 cents will be deducted from library overdue fees for each nonperishable food item collected at the Peoria Main and Sunrise Mountain Libraries. All donations will be accepted even if fees are not being paid. A maximum of $25 can be paid with donated food. Homemade food or food donated to replace lost or damaged items cannot be accepted. All donated food will be distributed to Community Hope Center in Peoria. For more information, call the Peoria Public Library at 623-773-7555 or Sunrise Mountain Library at 623-773-8650.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Escape the Library for Adults

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library in the Community Room
Date: Friday, Apr. 12
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Adults come to the library and solve puzzles and riddles to escape to the next level! Only the first 40 adults to sign up will be allowed to participate.

  • To register, call: (623) 773-8650.
 
Peoria Main Library
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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.

 
Peoria Library System
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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
Peoria Main Library
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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:

  • Feb. 13 - "Woman in the Window" by A. J. Finn.
  • Mar. 13 - "Paris by the Book" by Liam Callahan.
  • Apr. 10 - "Broken Road" by Richard Paul Evans.
  • May 8 - "White Houses" by Amy Bloom.
  • Jun. 12 - "Forever Summer" by Jamie Brenner.
 
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:

  • Feb. 19 - A biography of your choice.
  • Mar. 19 - "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck.
  • Apr. 16 - "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane.
  • May 21 - 6:30pm Ready Player One by Ernist Cline.
 
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:

  • Feb. 21 - All in the Family – Read 2 books by related authors.
  • Mar. 21 - "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane.
  • 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.

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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; Feb. 17, Mar. 3 & 17, Apr. 7 and May 5 & 19
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: Thursdays; Mar. 7, Apr. 4, and May 2
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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Technology Classes

Library: Peoria Main Library
Days: Thursdays
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Feeling left steamrolled by technology? Take a simple class and catch up! No sign up required, classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Library staff will walk you through the basics.

Dates/Topics

  • Feb. 14 - Microsoft Excel 2016.
  • Mar. 14 - Microsoft Publisher 2016.
  • Apr. 11 - Android Phones and Tablets.
 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Ask a Master Gardener

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Saturdays; Feb. 16, Mar. 16 and 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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Let's Speak Spanish

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Thursdays: Feb. 21, Mar. 7 & 21 and Apr. 4 & 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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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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.

 
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; 13 & 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Apr. 3, 13 & 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.

 
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!

 
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.