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Peoria Library System
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Peoria Libraries Closure

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25*, and Tuesday, Jan. 1*. The buildings will reopen on the following Wednesday(s) @ 9 a.m. Library materials that would have been due on 12/25/2018 or 1/1/19 will not be due until the next business day(s).

  • The Libraries will close at 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
  • The Libraries will cloase at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31.

Click here to view the Libraries' Scheduled Closures.

*The bookdrops will be unavailable during these times.

 
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Winter Holiday Storytimes Break

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Dec. 23 - Jan. 6

Storytimes at your Peoria Libraries will be on a holiday break the week of Dec. 23 - Jan. 6. They will resume the week of Jan. 7. We hope everyone has a great holiday and New Year. Remember to keep on reading!

 
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Winter Reading Program - Read and Win!

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Dates: Dec. 1 – 31

Register at your local Peoria Public Library's Youth Service desk for the Winter Reading Program! Pick up a sticker sheet and reading log to keep track of your reading. Return the finished reading log before January 6th to pick up your final prize. Grand Prizes will be drawn on Jan. 2.

 
Peoria Main Library
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A Special Storytime with Carolyn Dryer

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5
Time: 11 a.m.

The Peoria Main Library presents a special Storytime with Carolyn Dryer, a photographer for The Peoria Times newspaper. Ms. Dryer will be coming straight to the Library after publishing the latest edition of The Peoria Times to read a story at the 11 a.m. Storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Be sure not to miss out on all the fun!

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Elite Dance Academy Presents: The Nutcracker

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8
Time: 10 a.m.

Join us at Sunrise Mountain Library for a special performance of 'The Nutcracker' presented by The Peoria Elite Dance Academy! This timeless holiday classic is a treat for the whole family! Call (623) 773-8650 for more information.

 
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Puppet Works Preview

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Puppet Works presents Saving Santa Dec. 15 & 22, and the Library is hosting a special preview of the show. Come see puppeteers perform, and afterwards “meet” the Glow-in-the-Dark puppets who star in the show.

 
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Family Night – Make Wreaths Together

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Thursday, Dec. 13
Time: 5:30 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”.

Registration is required by emailing Miss Mary at: Mary.Gable@peoriaaz.gov or by signing up on the 2nd floor Adult Reference Desk.

 
Peoria Main Library
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Monthly Movies - Family Night

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: See Below

Bring the family once a month to enjoy a movie at the Peoria Main Library. There will be crafts or games to do, popcorn to eat, and a chance to win a prize along with watching a film together. We hope to see you at the movies!

  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. "Mary Poppins."
 
Peoria Main Library
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Ready for Robin Hood

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jan. 12
Time: 11 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Peoria's Youth Works is preforming Robin Hood Jan. 11 – 27 at the Peoria Arts Center and the Peoria Main Library is hosting a tie-in program during opening weekend. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and also make a Robin Hood or Maid Marian hat craft. Desert Sky Archers will be giving an archery demonstration on the outdoor patio and cookies and hot apple cider will be available. Literature truly comes to life at the library this January!


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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!

*There will be no Songercise sessions during the month of December, 2018 (12/7 & 12/21). Please call (623) 773-8650 with any questions.

**Storytimes at both Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library will be on break Dec. 23 - Jan. 6. They will return Jan. 7 on their regularly schedule days and times.

 
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Purposeful Play Group

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
Date: Monday; 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
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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; Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13 and May 11
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     
  • Library: Peoria Main Library in the Youth Services Area
    Dates: Saturdays; Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20 and May 18
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Inner G.I.R.L.

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Tuesday; Dec. 11
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Come join us as we explore the inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader)! Each girl will learn something new about themselves, others and the Girl Scouts of course. They will also participate in making fun and cool crafts that relate to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). All girls from kindergarten to 18 years of age are invited!

Registration is required by calling Cynthia Sanders @ (602) 568-6989

 
Peoria Library System
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Seed Library - Gardening Workshops

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: See below for locations, times and dates.

Have you checked out your seeds, but not sure how to produce the best results? Don't get yourself in a pickle, peas lettuce help you! If you have the thyme, our free Gardening Workshops offer amaizing tips and tricks to help your garden become the cream of the crop! Click here to learn more about the Seed Library.

Sunrise Mountain Library:
*Registration is required by calling (623) 773-8650

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Red & Green Peppers: Spice up your holidays!

Peoria Main Library:

  • Miércoles, 12 de Diciembre Entre 6 p.m. Y 7:30 p.m. - Chiles Rojos Y Verdes: ¡Condimenta tus festividades Navideñas! - En Espanol!
    Para más información o para registrarse, llame 623-773-7437.
 
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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
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Lego Club @ Your Peoria Libraries
 

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Dates: The First Tuesday of the month; Dec. 4, Feb. 5, 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; Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, 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 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.