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Peoria Library System
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Peoria READS! Peoria Summer Reading Program

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

The City of Peoria's Mayor Cathy Carlat proudly presents Peoria Reads! 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 4, 2018.

 
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Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

Readers will explore all things musical this summer as Peoria Public Libraries presents the “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program! The Summer Reading Program is open to all readers from preschool through adult, with events, prize drawings, storytimes and more throughout the summer. Early registration for “Libraries Rock” begins on May 1.

 

 
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Library Card Contest: Design the NEW Library Card!

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

Put your imagination and drawing skills to the test and design the next new library card. Create your artwork around the Maricopa County Summer Reading Program's theme, Libraries Rock, and enter to win a $100.00 gift card and have your design be the newest Library Card! Entry forms and contest guidelines are available at your local Peoria Public Library's service desks. For ages 5-11 and 12-17. Entries are due in by Aug. 1 with the winners being selected in September.


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Storytimes
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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!

***Announcement***
Toddler Time at the Peoria Main Library will be on hiatus from Jun. 7 - Jul. 26.
Call (623) 773-7562 for more information.


***Announcement***
All Storytimes at the Sunrise Mountain Library will be on hiatus from Jun. 25 - Jul. 6.
Please call (623) 773-8650 for more information.***


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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; Jun. 16 and July 21
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
     
  • Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Dates: Saturdays; Jul. 14, and Aug. 11
    Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Peoria Main Library
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STEAM at the Peoria Main Library

Library: Peoria Main Library in the Activity Room
Date: Thursdays; Jun. 7 - Jul. 26
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and educational setting using crafts, games and activities. We dare the children to try multiple ideas, listen to alternate opinions and create knowledge that is applicable to real life. For ages 6-12.

  • Jun. 14 - Art Rocks! Matisse Banners
  • Jun. 21 - Dinos Rock!
  • Jun. 28 - America Rocks!
  • Jul. 12 - Oceans Rock!
  • Jul. 19 - Art Rocks! Cubism – It’s Hip to be Square
  • Jul. 26 - Art Rocks! Wonderful Watercolors

Presented by The Friends of the Peoria Public Library.

 
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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; Jul. 3 and Aug. 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 PM.


Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: The second Saturday of the month; Jul. 14, and Aug. 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.

 
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The Summer of Sequels and Spinoffs

Library: Peoria Main Library
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy family films in the Willow Room all summer! Come see The Incredibles on our big screen before The Incredibles 2 is released in theatres; compare the two versions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, or watch an original feature on a Monday to then watch its sequel on Wednesday in the Peoria Main Library’s “Summer of Sequels and Spinoffs”.

  • Monday, Jun. 11 - "Frozen".
  • Wednesday, Jun. 13 - "The Incredibles".
  • Monday, Jun. 18 - "The Pirates: Band of Misfits".
  • Wednesday, Jun. 20 - "The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything".
  • Monday, Jun. 25 - "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids".
  • Wednesday, Jun. 27 - "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid".
  • Thursday, Jun. 28 - "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves".
  • Monday, Jul. 2 - "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory".
  • Wednesday, Jul. 4 - Libraries Closed.
  • Saturday, Jul. 7 - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
  • Monday, Jul. 9 - "Finding Nemo".
  • Wednesday, Jul. 11 - "Finding Dory".

Be sure to keep checking back for upcoming dates and titles

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Craig Davis Magic and Juggling

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library in the Community Room
Date: Friday, Jun. 15
Time: 10 a.m.

The Craig Davis Magic and Juggling Show is an amazing, fun-filled and highly entertaining show packed with audience involvement. Whether for a private party or a large assembly, Craig delivers an experience that his young audience will never forget.

 
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Cowboy Gary & His Horse Dusty

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Friday, Jun. 15
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Howdy Partner! Come on down to your local library to hear songs and stories from AZ’s own Singing Cowboy Gary. He rides in on his trusty horse Dusty, strumming his guitar and inviting all the cowboys and cowgirls to sing along with him.

 
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Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents "Little Dino's Baby Tooth"

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: Wednesday, Jun. 20
Time: 12 p.m.

Little Dino is afraid to lose his first baby tooth. His friend Maisy the butterfly helps ease his fears and teaches him how to care for his teeth in this cute and funny original show. A treat for all ages.

 
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Dr. T-Rex Science

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jun. 23
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Dr. T-Rex will demonstrate the How’s and Why’s of the science we see all around us. Come to be dazzled and learn about the wonders of science.

 
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Wildman Phil

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jun. 30
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wildman Phil tells amazing facts and wonderful stories, while introducing some of his Rock-Star animal friends. Come face-to-face with creatures like a Tarantula, Hedgehog, Tortoise, Lizard, Snake, and an Alligator.

 
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Gary Lazok & His Amazing Magic Show!

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Friday, Jul. 13
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Experience the Amazing Magic of Gary Lazok, filled with comedy and fun. Delight in the wonder of illusion, while learning educational messages with the powerful memory of magic

 
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Mark Carter Science Gadgets, Gizmos and Gyroscopes!

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library in the Community Room
Date: Friday, Jul. 20
Time: 10 a.m.

What did children play with 100 years ago before TV, video games and computers came along? This program starts with classic wooden gadgets, oddities and strange marvels created before electricity and video screens. Audience members try wooden handmade toys, metal tops and wacky windups that most of the audiences did not even know existed.

  • Participation is limited to 250 attendees. Registration is required by calling (623) 773-8650.
 
Peoria Main Library
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Taiko Drums

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Saturday, Jul. 21
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the fascinating culture of Japan and the Far East through this exciting, loud performance. Listen to beautiful bamboo wind instruments, the mesmerizing Taiko drum, and other unique percussion instruments of Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam.

 
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Magical Michael Steele’s Variety Show

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Friday, Jul. 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Come and be dazzled by Michael Steele’s Magic, Juggling, and Yo-Yo skills. Enjoy participating in his Name that Tune contest and a magic trick or two.


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For more events and programs, please see the City of Peoria's full Calendar of Events here.