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Maricopa County Reads

Tuesday, August 01, 2017
All Locations
Play the Summer Reading Game at your neighborhood library. Register online starting May 1st at maricopacountyreads.org or pick up a gameboard at your library. Earn 1 point for every minute of reading! Earn more points for attending fun-filled library events or participating in challenges.
Just for signing up, you can pick a free book to keep from the Friends corner at your library. But, wait, there's more!
  • Little Ones (birth to 4) get a free tote bag for signing up
  • Kids (ages 5-11) receive a Peter Piper coupon for free pizza
  • Teens (12-17) get a free water bottle
  •  At 500 points, everyone receives a Chipotle coupon (while supplies last) 
  • At 1,000 points, everyone receives a free book of their choice
  • GRAND PRIZE DRAWING! Readers who earn at least 1,000 points by August 1st are automatically entered into drawings for family memberships at great Phoenix museums (such as the Children's Museum, the Arizona Science Center, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Heard Museum) -- 25 memberships will be awarded!
#SummerReading
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@Central Gallery Exhibit ~ Artist Shelley Whiting

Friday, July 14, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library
In this series of paintings, artist Shelly Whiting explores the concept of preexistence.  Her hope is to make viewers wonder, “What was life like before time existed?”.
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Veterans Employment and Housing Assistance

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Burton Barr Central Library

A Workforce Specialist from the DES Veterans Program will be available in the second-floor Phoenix Works Space of the Burton Barr Central Library every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. to provide one-on-one employment assistance to veterans. Services provided include job searching, resume editing, referrals to job training, and information for homeless veterans on obtaining shelter.

#phoenixworks

#jobs

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Babytime with Sign for Walkers

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Juniper Library
Meeting Room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies’ communication skills. BabyTime gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. What is your child learning? Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills. Using sign language speeds babies’ language development. #pplstorytime #babytimewithsignBabies

Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. 

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Color to Calm

7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
South Mountain Community
Take a break and explore the relaxing world of adult coloring.  Coloring helps reduces stress and anxiety. Please take a coloring sheet and go to the 2nd floor service desk to checkout some colored pencils.  Adult and Teens 15 and older.
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Free Job Help from Arizona@Work

9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Experts from Arizona@Work will be available in the second floor Phoenix Works Space to provide one-on-one assistance and answer your employment questions every Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This event is first come, first served.

#phoenixworks

#jobs

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Computer Class - Intro to Facebook

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Burton Barr Central Library
1st Floor Computer lab

Introduction to Facebook

Have you heard about Facebook? Maybe you’ve wanted to connect with friends and family, or share music and pictures, but didn’t know how? This class will give you the tools you need to get started with Facebook. Learn how to set up an account, build a profile, set privacy settings, and connect with friends. An active email account that you can access from a library computer is required for this class.

Prerequisites: Ability to use the Internet.

Sign in for classes begins at Library opening outside the First Floor Computer Classroom. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org

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BabyTime with Sign

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
South Mountain Community

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies’ communication skills. BabyTime gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. What is your child learning? Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills. Using sign language speeds babies’ language development.  Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to program. #pplstorytime #babytimewithsign

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Color to Calm

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Join us every Tuesdays morning at the Agave Library.  Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation: adult coloring books!  Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.

We'll provide all the materials you need to give it a try.  Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provide.  Come for coloring and conversation (coffee provided). Adults only, please.

 

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Family Storytime

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Mesquite Library
Meeting Room

Kids aged Birth-5 (accompanied by a favorite adult), share books, stories, songs, rhymes and music in a fun interactive program that helps build literacy skills.
What is your child learning? Children who love books and stories, and have opportunities to engage in active storytelling, become more successful readers. #pplstorytime  #familytime

Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to this program.

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ToddlerTime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Juniper Library
Meeting Room
Two-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers.  What is your child learning?  Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary.  #pplstorytime #toddlertime

Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. 

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ToddlerTime with Sign

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
South Mountain Community

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies’ communication skills. BabyTime gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. What is your child learning? Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills. Using sign language speeds babies’ language development.  Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to program. #pplstorytime #babytimewithsign

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Device Advice

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Come to the Desert Broom library for assistance with downloading ebooks to your new ereader, tablet, or smart phone.  Bring your fully charged device and your current library card.  If you will be using an Amazon device or a Kindle app, please also bring your Amazon.com account username and password.  We will meet in the library's computer lab.   #deviceadvice
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Device Advice

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Acacia Library
Drop in for tech assistance or e-book help from one of our teen tech experts!
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Preschool Prep

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Cholla Library
Storytime Room-1st

Three to five-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy stories, games and activities designed to nourish the skills that lead to success in school – persistence, flexibility and problem-solving.  What is your child learning?  Your preschooler is learning about the world and how to master emotions and desires. By teaching her how to focus, take turns and think creatively, you will get her ready for school.  This program includes basic concept knowledge (colors, numbers, letters) as well as structured activities.  #preschoolprep


Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. 

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Babytime with Sign

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Sage Library
Meeting room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies’ communication skills. BabyTime gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. What is your child learning? Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills. Using sign language speeds babies’ language development and improves parent/child communication. #pplstorytime #babytimewithsign

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Library.

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BabyTime with Sign

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Acacia Library
Meeting Room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session.  Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies' communication skills.  BabyTime gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children.  What is your child learning?  Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills.  Using sign language speeds babies' language development.  #pplstorytime #babytimewithsign

Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed.  Learn more at FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov.

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Gentle Yoga

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Gentle Yoga. Let instructor, Elizabeth Boisson show you how to heal your mind, body and spirit with yoga. All skill levels welcome.  Bring a mat or towel and wear comfortable clothes.  First come, first served. 

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Music and Movement Toddler Time

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Century Library
Meeting Room

Share songs, rhymes and music in a fun, fast-moving interactive program that builds early literacy skills. This program is designed for children birth to age 5 accompanied by a favorite adult. What is your child learning? Children who love books and stories, and have opportunities to engage in active storytelling, become more successful readers.  #pplstorytime #musicandmovement 

All ages

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Toddler StoryTime

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Mesquite Library
Meeting Room

Two-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers.
What is your child learning? Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary.
 #pplstorytime  #toddlertime

Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out  30 minutes prior to this program.

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ToddlerTime

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Cesar Chavez Library
Meeting Room

Two-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers. What is your child learning? Your toddler learns an average of nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary. #pplstorytime #toddlertime


 


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Drop-In Employment Assistance

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ocotillo Library
Training Room
Receive personal assistance in creating resumes, searching for and applying for jobs online, and with other individual employment needs.

#phoenixworks

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Kids Cafe

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Century Library
Meeting Room
Children Birth to 18 can come and eat a free lunch and participate in the activity of the day:

Tumblebook Tuesdays (read and watch a story from Tumblebooks)
STEM Wednesdays
Craft Thursdays
Random activities (including building with Lego Blocks, playing boardgames or listening to a story) on Fridays and Saturdays. #kidscafe
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Kids Cafe

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Acacia Library
Meeting Room
Children ages 0-18 can enjoy a healthy meal and educational activity Tuesday thru Saturday at the Acacia Branch library. Meals are provided by the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.  
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