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Peoria Library System
System Announcement
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Peoria Libraries Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Thursday, Jul. 4

The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be closed on Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019, in observance of Independence Day. The buildings will reopen on the following Friday @ 9 a.m. Library materials that would have been due on Jul. 4 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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Storytimes Break

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Jul. 1 - Jul. 5

Storytimes at both the Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be on break the week of Jul. 1 - Jul. 5. They will resume at each building the week of Jul. 8.

We hope everyone has a great and safe Independence Day celebration. Remember, keep on reading!

 
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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.


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Summer Reading 2019 Programs
Peoria Library System
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Summer Reading Program
Peoria READS! Peoria Summer Reading Program

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

The City of Peoria's Mayor Cathy Carlat proudly presents Peoria Reads! Kids, Read at least 20 minutes a day from June 1st to August 1st for chances to win great prizes. Earn additional drawing tickets by attending special Peoria Summer events over the summer! Pick up your Peoria READS! bookmark at your local Peoria Library or at any of the Peoria READS! events. Completed bookmarks must be returned to your local Peoria Library Saturday, August 3, 2019. For children up to 12 years old.

Peoria READS! Events:

Click here for more information.

 
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Summer Reading Program
Maricopa County Reads Presents: A Universe of Stories

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

This summer you can read and win prizes! Every minute read = 1 point, you can also earn points completing online challenges or attending Library programs. You can win Food Coupons at 500 points, and at 1,000 points, you choose one free book to be shipped to your house!


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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!


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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: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Jul. 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     
  • Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
    Dates: Saturdays; Jul. 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
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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 & Summer Fun
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Lego Club @ Sunrise Mountain Library

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Days: The second Saturday of the month
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.

Dates/Themes:

  • Jul. 13 - Sports Ideas.
  • Aug. 10 - Free Build.
  • Sept. 14 - School Days.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Lego Club @ The Peoria Main Library

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 3
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 p.m.

  • Announcement: There will be Lego Club meetings at the Peoria Main Library in July and August.
 
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Summer Reading Event
'A Universe of Stories' Movie Matinees

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays; May 29 - Jun. 28
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bring your family to the Library and enjoy a 'Universe of Stories' as told through the movies! Enjoy a family-friendly movie in our theatre-styled Willow Room before its remodeling begins in July. Please note that some Friday movies, while family friendly, will be rated PG-13.

Dates/Titles:

  • Monday, Jun. 17 - Toy Story.
  • Wednesday, Jun. 19 - Toy Story 2.
  • Friday, Jun. 21 - Toy Story 3.
  • Monday, Jun. 24 - The Lion King.
  • Wednesday, Jun. 26 - The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
  • Friday, Jun. 28 - E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (PG).
 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Summer of Space – Weekly STEAM Crafts

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Tuesdays; Jun. 11 - Jul. 30
Time: 10 a.m. OR 4 p.m.

Celebrate a Summer of Space in style. Each week the Library will offer an easy STEAM craft – from Star Clocks and Sun Dials to Planet Necklaces and Straw Rockets. There are two different times offered to accommodate work schedules, please pick One Time to come.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Summer Reading Event
Dr. T-Rex Science Show

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Friday, Jun. 21
Time: 10 a.m.

Come to the Library and be dazzled as you learn all about the wonders of Science. Dr. T-Rex will demonstrate through fascinating experiments the how’s and why’s of all the science we see around us.

Free tickets will be available starting Wednesday, Jun. 19, at Sunrise Mountain Library. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 6 tickets per person.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Dr. T-Rex Science Show

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jun. 22
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come to the Library and be dazzled as you learn all about the wonders of Science. Dr. T-Rex will demonstrate through fascinating experiments the how’s and why’s of all the science we see around us.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Summer Reading Event
Dino Crew

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Friday, Jun. 28
Time: 10 a.m.

In our “Universe of Stories”, this week the Library is hosting a special Jurassic event. Come for a chance to meet with a life-sized dinosaur. Enjoy hands-on science by “hatching” a dinosaur egg using baking soda and vinegar.

Free tickets will be available starting Wednesday, Jun. 26, at Sunrise Mountain Library. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 6 tickets per person.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Dino Crew & Craft

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jun. 29
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In our “Universe of Stories”, this week the Library is hosting a special Jurassic event. Come for a chance to meet with a life-sized dinosaur. Enjoy hands-on science by “hatching” a dinosaur egg using baking soda and vinegar.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Summer Reading Event
Radical Reptile Fun

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Friday, Jul. 12
Time: 10 a.m.

Learn about all manners of reptiles from Radical Reptile Fun. After the show, the brave can come pet the reptiles who have stopped by the Library for a visit.

Free tickets will be available starting Wednesday, Jul. 10, at Sunrise Mountain Library. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 6 tickets per person.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Radical Reptile Fun

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jul. 13
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn about all manners of reptiles from Radical Reptile Fun. After the show, the brave can come pet the reptiles who have stopped by the Library for a visit.

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Summer Reading Event
Eric Giliam Library Magic Show

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Friday, Jul. 19
Time: 10 a.m.

The award winning magician Eric Gilliam comes to the Sunrise Mountain Library to share his amazing talents and present magic tricks like no other!

Free tickets will be available starting Wednesday, Jul. 17, at Sunrise Mountain Library. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 6 tickets per person.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Summer Reading Event
Things that Fly Workshop

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Aug. 1
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Gary Alpert – AKA “The Fly Guy” – comes to teach the wonders of flight known as aerodynamics. Kids will get a chance to apply this knowledge with a hands-on activity of making their own model parachutes and hot air balloons. Space is limited so registration is required. Sign up at the Youth Services Desk!

  • Registration is required by visiting or contacting the Youth Services Department at (623) 773-7562.
 
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.