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Special Events & Announcements
Peoria Library System
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Peoria Libraries Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Monday, Sept. 3

The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. The Libraries will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. We hope everyone has a great and safe Labor Day.

Click here to view the Libraries' Holiday Closures.

*The bookdrops will be unavailable during this time


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Storytimes
Peoria Library System
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Storytimes @ Your Peoria Libraries

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Both libraries offer a number of different story time opportunities for a variety of audiences including Storytime, Toddler Time, and much more!

 
Peoria Main Library
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Purposeful Play Group

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
Date: Mondays; Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26, and Dec. 10
Time: 10 a.m.

Interested in socialization, creative play and stimulating brain development for your little one? Come to the free play group with Miss Gabi who has classroom teaching experience as well as Early Education & Early Intervention experience. It is Guaranteed FUN!


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Discovery Learning
Peoria Library System
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PAWS 2 Read @ Your Peoria Libraries

PAWS 2 Read is an on-going program which allows children to read aloud to therapy dogs in order to improve reading skills. When children practice reading individually to trained therapy dogs (and their handlers) they become more confident readers, while having fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble.

  • Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
    Dates: Saturdays; Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
     
  • Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Super Scary Science: Exploring the Five Senses

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Learn about the human body by doing some fun fall experiments using your fabulous five senses. Examine your fingerprints, build a stethoscope to check if your heart is pumping blood (or you might be a vampire... EEK!), and listen to your gurgling tummy to learn how your stomach works after eating all that candy! Take a tickle test, follow your nose in a smell memory game. Listen for ghosts. Then take a blindfolded taste test if you dare… For ages Ages preschool-12. Registration not required.

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 
Peoria Library System
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ABCmouse.com - Learning Resource

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

ABCmouse.com: The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library! From Age of Learning, Inc.


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Family Fun
Peoria Library System
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Lego Club @ Your Peoria Libraries
 

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Dates: The First Tuesday of the month; Sept. 4, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15
Time: 4 p.m. Free tickets available at 3:30 p.m.

Build with Legos at the Library. Every month there is a different challenge – let us see what you can build using Legos and your imagination. Ages 7 and younger must have an older sibling or parent with them. Free tickets will be available at 3:30 PM.


Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: The second Saturday of the month; Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
Time: 2 p.m.

Do you LOVE Lego’s? Come every second Saturday of the month and build with us. Build a new creation each class! Ages 6-12 welcome.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Youth Works Presents: Sneak Peaks at the Library

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: To be announced
Time: 10 a.m.

Youth Works is collaborating with the Library this Season! For every Family Friendly play that Peoria’s own Theatre Works presents, the Peoria Library will host a special Sneak Peak program. There will be a live performance of a scene, a meet and greet with the actor(s) in costume, a themed craft and snack at 10:00 AM either the first or the second Saturday of the play’s runtime. Please check back for dates.

 
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Monthly Movies

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: See Below

Every Month enjoy watching a Movie at the Library. There will be a Craft or Games to do, Popcorn to eat, and a chance to win a Prize along with watching a Film as a Family. We hope to see you at the movies!

  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. "My Little Pony: The Movie."
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. "LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out."
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. "Wreck-It Ralph."
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. "Mary Poppins."
 
Peoria Main Library
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Star Wars Reads BINGO

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 9
Time: 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

Play Book BINGO for a chance to win Star Wars Prizes.

  • Padawan BINGO (Ages 6-12) 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Apprentice BINGO (Ages 12-18) 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Dia de los Muertos Craft

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Thursday, Nov. 1
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Library with a fun themed craft.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Winter Reading Program - Read and Win!

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Dec. 1 – 31

Pick up a Game Board at Youth Services and earn points for reading all throughout December. Get a Free Rubber Duck just for signing up, and complete the Reading Game Board for a Prize Bag filled with goodies

 
Peoria Main Library
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“Help the Elves” Workshop

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Saturday, Dec. 1
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Make a Gift for Someone You Love, Decorate Cookies and listen to Christmas Carols.

 
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”.

 
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.