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Special Events & Announcements
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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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The Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents 'The Princess and the Pea'

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Arizona Broadway Theatre is coming to the Peoria Main Library to present a free performance of The Princess and the Pea! Follow the prince as he journeys around the world searching for a princess to marry. With every encounter something seems to be wrong, but one night during a storm a beautiful girl comes knocking and claims she is a princess. Proving it is the challenge! Be sure not to miss out on this fun family production!

 
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.

 
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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.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Youth Works Presents: “Tale as Old as Time”

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: TBA
Time: TBA

Youth Works is collaborating with the library this season! Youth Works presents Beauty and the Beast – The Broadway Musical, May 3-19th. Peoria Library will host a special story time with Belle, have root beer floats and games with Gaston. Please check back soon for the date and time.

Click here to learn about Youth Works' presentation of "Beauty and the Beast – The Broadway Musical."


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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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Campfire Story Time

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Apr. 11
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Enjoy an Evening Story Time in the Youth Services’ outdoor patio. We will sing campfire songs together, gather around the fire by our outdoor fire pit, enjoy snacks, and look through a telescope at the night sky. The first 20 kids who come will get a stuffed Corduroy Bear.


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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; Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20 and May 18
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
     
  • Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Mar. 9, Apr. 13 and May 11
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Art in STEAM

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

Perhaps noted best by the photographer, Charles Nègre, “Where science ends, art begins.” Hands-on learning at Peoria Public Library’s Winter/Spring Art Education Series brings art education to life. Activities are free to our patrons and supported by the Friends of the Peoria Public Library and their sponsors. Thank you, Friends!
For ages 6-12. Registration is required by calling (623) 773-7562.

Dates/Themes:

  • Feb. 11: Artist Pablo Picasso - Mask Making Project.
  • Feb. 25: Artist Andy Warhol - Handprints on Canvas.
  • Mar. 11: Watercolor Basics - Abstract Watercolor Circles.
  • Mar. 25: Artist Robert Indiana - Pop Art Project – Paint on Canvas.
  • Apr. 8: Artist Romero Britto - Cubism with a Pop Art Twist.
 
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; Mar. 5, Apr. 2 and May 7
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.


Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: The second Saturday of the month; Mar. 9, Apr. 13 and May 11
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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Sweets for the Sweet Afternoon

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Roses are red, violets are blue – it is a half-day Thursday so decorate a cookie or two. Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s 207th birthday at the Library by decorating a cookie in the Activity Room (while supplies last).

 
Peoria Main Library
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Come dressed in your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal friend to the Library to enjoy a special Evening Storytime. Listen to stories, sing songs, decorate a teddy bear name tag, and eat a snack. Then leave your stuffed animal at the Library overnight, pick them up on Wednesday morning – and get a scrapbook depicting all the fun they had at the Library while their kids were away!

 
Peoria Main Library
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Dr. Seuss Day

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Saturday, Mar. 2
Time: 11 a.m.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the library. Come make a “read” necklace and enter for a chance to win fun Dr. Seuss prizes.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Bug Fest

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Friday, Mar. 22
Time: 10 a.m.

The Friends of the Peoria Public Library are all about bugs this year. Ladybugs, bees – you name it. Come for a special story time with Miss Ladybug, located on the front patio just outside the library. Afterwards you can make a bug-themed craft and have the chance to set some insects free.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Where’s Waldo Library Scavenger Hunt

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Apr. 7 – 13

In celebration of National Library Week, the library is hosting a 'Where's Waldo?' scavenger hunt in the Youth Services area. Bring the kids to hunt through the stacks to find where Waldo is hiding amongst the books!

 
Peoria Main Library
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Book Bingo

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 9
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Kids, help celebrate National Library Week by playing Book Bingo at the library! Match the numbers called, get a 'bingo' and win prizes!

 
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Balloon Animal Workshop

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Apr. 13
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

AZ Balloon Lady Sara Ward is coming to teach the exciting process of how to make your own balloon animals! Seating is limited, so registration is required. Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

 
Peoria Main Library
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May the 4th Be With You

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn the ways of the Jedi at the Peoria Main Library! Come for a Jedi training session, take pictures in our Star Wars-themed photo booth, and participate in our costume contest. There will be prizes for the winners, so be sure to dress up as your favorite Star Wars Character.

 
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.