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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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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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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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ToddlerTime

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom 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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Sit, Stay, Read!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Desert Broom Library

Read to a dog -- therapy dogs love to listen to stories! Our friend, Gracie a gentle Golden Retriever, will be waiting for you at the library. It will make her so happy to hear you read books! Bring your own book and take one from our shelves and spend some time with Gracie. Reading aloud to certified therapy dogs is an excellent way for emerging readers to practice their skills (and lots of fun, too!)

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DiscoveryTime

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Desert Broom 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 two 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























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Drop In Watercolor

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room
Want to spend time with other adults while painting with watercolors? Come to these drop in Adult Makerspace events and paint with us. Supplies provided by the Desert Broom Friends of the Library.
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Sugar Cube Construction

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Build a pyramid, an igloo, or The Great Wall of China out of sugar cubes! Let's get building!
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Baby Time

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Desert Broom 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. me
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BabyTime

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting 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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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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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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ToddlerTime

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom 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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Reptile Adventures

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Snakes in the library! Meet some of Rich Ihle’s extraordinary reptile friends, including a 15-foot boa constrictor . This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

 #STEM #SummerReading

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DiscoveryTime

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Desert Broom 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 two 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























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Turtle Weaving

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Desert Broom Library

To build a better world, we need to take care of our oceans. Join us at the library to learn about life under the sea and create your own little sea turtle weaving to take home! #summerreading

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Baby Time

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Desert Broom 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. me
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BabyTime

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting 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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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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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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Registration is open

Rachel Bess - Learning to Draw from Observation

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room
From absolute beginner to intermediate level, we will learn about drawing from observation by looking at positive and negative space and using a gridding method. This program was made possible with generous support from the Maricopa County Library District. Registration required. #summerreading 
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ToddlerTime

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom 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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Science Fun with Mark Carter

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room
Today’s Science Fun is all about Electricity --  Plugs, Batteries, Power! Demonstrating the capabilities of electricity is fun and safe when done correctly. Find out if the human body is an electric machine, if you can create a magnet out of electricity, and what happens when a person is struck by lightening! This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.    #STEM #SummerReading
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DiscoveryTime

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Desert Broom 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 two 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























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