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Maricopa County Reads

Tuesday, August 01, 2017
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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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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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Registration is closed

Kindergarten Bootcamp

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM.

This class meets on the following dates: May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.  Attendance is expected at all 7 classes.

Kindergarten Bootcamp gives parents tools, information, and activities to help prepare their children for school success in a fun, educational, and interactive setting. The series consists of seven sessions, 1 hour each, for 4-5 year olds who are preparing to enter kindergarten in Fall 2017, along with their parent or caregiver. Under the guidance of an early literacy specialist, parents and caregivers work with their children on foundational skills which have been demonstrated to be the most important for both a successful kindergarten and school experience. It is important that parents and children attend every session, including Week 7 graduation!

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 for Crawlers & Walkers

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Agave Library
Storytime room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. 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. #pplstorytime #babytime

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Toddler Time

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers have special learning needs unique from babies and preschoolers. Curiosity and conversation really blossom at this age, so we’ve created a special fast-paced storytime for two- and three-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) to 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 program. 

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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Family Storytime

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room

Share books, stories, songs, rhymes, and music in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills. This program is designed for children birth to five years old 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 #familystorytime

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






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Master Illusionist Eric Giliam

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Eric Giliam’s illusions and sleights of hand will leave you breathless. #SummerReading

Seating is limited. Free tickets for the show are given out 30 minutes prior and you must be present to receive a ticket. 

This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

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Babytime With Sign

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Agave Library
Storytime 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. torytime #babytimewithsign

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

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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Toddler Time With Sign

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers have special learning needs unique from babies and preschoolers. Curiosity and conversation really blossom at this age, so we’ve created a special fast-paced storytime for two- and three-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) to enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills. 
What is your child learning? Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary. Using sign language will speed your toddler's language development by 6-12 months!

#pplstorytime #toddlertimewithsign

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

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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Storytimes for Families with Special Needs

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Agave Library
Storytime room
This storytime features a modified environment with a closed room and muted lighting. Program is presented at a preschool level development and includes music, movement, repetition, visual schedules, and tactile items. Families will also have the opportunity to stay and play. Parent or caregiver must attend with child. Limited group size.
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Wizards of S.T.E.A.M.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Explore! Create! Have fun! Each week brings a new topic such as mazes, magnets, slime, catapults, and more. Creative kids can drop-in anytime between 3:30 and 4:15 pm to do hands-on projects and experiments. Bring a friend and make new discoveries each week. Supported by the Friends of Phoenix Public Library, Agave Chapter. #summerreading
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Babytime for Crawlers & Walkers

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Agave Library
Storytime room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. 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.pplstorytime #babytime

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

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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Discovery Time

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Agave Library
Meeting Room

Share books, stories, music, and activities in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills and introduces children to science and math. This program is designed for children three to five years old accompanied by a favorite adult. What is your child learning? Children who can count, recognize geometric shapes and patterns and are eager to explore the world around them will be better prepared to succeed in kindergarten. Your kids are natural scientists. You can help them discover the world, build vocabulary and master basic science concepts.

pplstorytime #discoverytime

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

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Agave Builders Club

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Have fun building with bricks! This bi-monthly program is sponsored by the Friends of the Agave Branch Library. Donations of gently-used or new LEGOS also will be greatly appreciated!
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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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Registration is open

Picasso Self Portrait with Katie Gunther

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
How did Picasso use Primary and Secondary Colors to create contrast and expression in his painting's? Students will create their own abstract Picasso Portrait. We will examine examples of Picasso Artwork and then use a breakdown of different Picasso Styles in our own painting. KD's Studio will supply: acrylic paint, brushes, easels, 11x14 canvas. Instruction and pallets. Registration required. This is a special teen program for summer reading
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Sit, Stay, Read! at the Agave Library

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Agave Library
Kids read aloud or tell a story to Stratton under the careful eye of the Agave Library certified therapy dog.  Children have a positive and judgement free environment to practice skills in reading while building self-esteem and having fun!                        
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Registration is closed

Kindergarten Bootcamp

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM.

This class meets on the following dates: May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.  Attendance is expected at all 7 classes.

Kindergarten Bootcamp gives parents tools, information, and activities to help prepare their children for school success in a fun, educational, and interactive setting. The series consists of seven sessions, 1 hour each, for 4-5 year olds who are preparing to enter kindergarten in Fall 2017, along with their parent or caregiver. Under the guidance of an early literacy specialist, parents and caregivers work with their children on foundational skills which have been demonstrated to be the most important for both a successful kindergarten and school experience. It is important that parents and children attend every session, including Week 7 graduation!

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.
View More

Babytime for Crawlers & Walkers

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Agave Library
Storytime room

Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. 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. #pplstorytime #babytime

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Toddler Time

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers have special learning needs unique from babies and preschoolers. Curiosity and conversation really blossom at this age, so we’ve created a special fast-paced storytime for two- and three-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) to 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 program. 

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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Family Storytime

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room

Share books, stories, songs, rhymes, and music in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills. This program is designed for children birth to five years old 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 #familystorytime

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






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The Magic of Richard Steele

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Agave Library
Meeting Room

Be astounded by mind reading and other feats of magic as renowned magician Richard Steele takes the stage. #SummerReading


Seating is limited. Free tickets for the show are given out 30 minutes prior and you must be present to receive a ticket. 

This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

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Babytime With Sign

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Agave Library
Storytime 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. torytime #babytimewithsign

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

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



View More

Toddler Time With Sign

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Agave Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers have special learning needs unique from babies and preschoolers. Curiosity and conversation really blossom at this age, so we’ve created a special fast-paced storytime for two- and three-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) to enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills. 
What is your child learning? Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary. Using sign language will speed your toddler's language development by 6-12 months!

#pplstorytime #toddlertimewithsign

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

Storytimes at Agave Library are supported by a grant from First Things First Phoenix North Region.



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