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Sunrise Mountain Library
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BRAVO Peoria!

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Saturday, Mar. 3
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 Theater Works show, James the Juggler, Reptile Adventures, a Henna Artist, face painting, a balloon artist, kid’s crafts, a huge book sale, and 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 Main Library
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National Poetry Month Contest

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Mar. 19 - Apr. 30

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are having a poetry contest. Submit your original poem creation by Apr. 30 at the Adult Reference desk on the 2nd floor and be entered in a drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card! For ages 12 and up only please. Professional poets are not eligible. Inquire at the Adult Reference Desk for more information.

 
Peoria Library System
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Food for Fines at Your Peoria Libraries

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Apr. 8 - 14

50¢ will be deducted from overdue fees for each non-perishable food item donated at either of the Peoria Public Libraries. A maximum of $25 can be paid with donated food. Homemade food or food in lieu of lost or damaged items cannot be accepted. Donated food will be distributed to Community Hope Center in Peoria. Donations accepted as well. For more information, call the Peoria Main Library at 623 773-7555 or the 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. 13
Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Solve puzzles to escape to the next level! Limited to the first 40 registered participants.

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

 

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:

  • Feb. 20 - "Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.
  • Mar. 20 - Read a book with a travel theme.
  • Apr. 17 - "Quentins" by Maeve Binchy.
 
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.
 
Dates/Titles:

  • Feb. 22 - "The Lake House" by Kate Morton.
  • Mar. 22 - Read a book with a travel theme.
  • Apr. 26 - "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Great Beginnings Book Club

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 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 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. to meet new people and discuss good books.

Dates/Titles:

  • Mar. 14 - "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley.
  • Apr. 11 - "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.
 
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:


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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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Craft Club

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library in the Community Room
Date: Thursdays; Mar. 1 and Apr. 5
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.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Crafting Sundays: Knitting and Crocheting Hangout

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Sundays; Mar. 4 and Apr. 8
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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Makerspace: Take Me Back Tuesday
"Everything Your Grandma Should Have Taught You, But Didn't"

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Date: The second Tuesday of the month.
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Learn all the arts and crafts that are usually passed down from generation to generation. Each month we will have a special project that harkens back to the days of our grandparents and those before them. Registration is required by calling (623) 773-7578 or email: Jennifer.Crowell@peoriaaz.gov

  • Mar. 13 - Zipper Flowers.
  • Apr. 17 - Zentangle.
  • May. 8 - T-shirt Bags.
 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Coloring for Adults

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays; Mar. 24 & 25 and Apr. 14 & 15
Time: All Day

Become part of the latest trend in stress relief. Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed especially for adults and colored pencils will be provided, but feel free to bring your own art supplies.


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Learning
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Technology Classes

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: For topics and times, visit the class schedule here.

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.

These 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; Feb. 22, Mar. 8 & 22 and Apr. 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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Conversational English

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: The second and fourth Monday of the month; Feb. 26, Mar. 12 & 26, and Apr. 9 & 23
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Is English your second language? Then, this is the class for you. Join us to practice your new English skills with others who are also learning English. Each class is focused on a topic to help your daily life.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Coding for Adults

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Thursdays; Mar. 8 & 15
Time: 10 a.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code, or are you interested in just increasing your technology skills? No coding experience needed. Absolute beginners are most welcome!

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Ask a Master Gardener

Library:Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Saturdays; Mar. 17 and Apr. 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

 
Peoria Main Library
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Peoria Care Givers Conference

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Friday, Mar. 30
Time: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please join us for the Peoria Care Givers Conference on Friday, Mar. 30, at the Peoria Main Library. The topics include The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors & Effective Communication Strategies, and Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease. The conference is brought to you by the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter - Central Arizona Region: http://www.alz.org/dsw. Check in is at 12 p.m. in the Willow Room.

  • Registration is Required.
    To register, please call 602-528-0545 or email mburruel@alz.org
 
Peoria Main Library
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Digital Downloading

Library: Peoria Main Library at the Adult Reference desk
Dates: Thursday, May 10
Times: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Did Santa bring you a new tablet computer? Come learn how to download free library books to your tablet using the Greater Phoenix Digital Library and never have a late fee again! Monday, Jan. 22 anytime from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 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
Peoria Main Library
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Jigsaw Junkies Puzzle Club

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Adult Reference Area
Date: The last Wednesday of the month; Feb. 28, Mar. 28 and Apr. 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Do you love jigsaw puzzles? Want to meet others who do to? Join us to put together the puzzle of the month. Adults 18+ please.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Card/Board Game Afternoon

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: Wednesdays; Feb. 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21, & 28; Apr. 4, 11, & 25
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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An Afternoon at the Movies

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Willow Room
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 1 p.m.

What better way to spend an afternoon than in a cozy theater watching classic movies? Join us every Tuesday this summer for a classic movie back on the big screen.

Movie Titles and Dates:

  • Mar. 6 - The Gay Divorcee (NR).
  • Apr. 3 - Fistful of Dollars (R).
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    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.

     
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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. Participating locations include the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Art Museum and more! Both libraries offer Culture Passes.

    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.