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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!
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Color to Calm

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Join the craze! Adult coloring promotes mindfulness, reduces stress, and improves cognitive motor skills. We'll provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils, and coloring sheets - Just bring yourself and your friends! 
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Toddlertime with Sign Language

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers 24-47 months-old, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy interactive activities that encourage emerging language skills such as stories, songs, games, and playtime. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills, in this an active session. 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. Using sign language will speed your toddler's language development by 6-12 months! Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10:00am.   #pplstorytime  #toddlertime
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Master Illusionist Eric Giliam

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

Eric Giliam’s illusions and sleights of hand will leave you breathless. FREE tickets are required and available at 1:30pm on the day of the event. This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.  #SummerReading

 





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SIT, STAY, READ

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Read to a dog -- therapy dogs love to listen to stories! Our friend, Truffles, a playful 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 or take one from our shelves and spend some time with Truffles. Reading aloud to certified therapy dogs is an excellent way for emerging readers to practice their skills (and lots of fun, too!) #sitstayread
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Teen Summer Movie Series

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room

We kick off our summer movie series with a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.  Soda, popcorn, and candy will be provided free of charge!  This event is open to teens, ages 12-17.

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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood 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 ages birth through five, 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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10am.  #pplstorytime  #familystorytime
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Celebrate the start of summer vacation with a Wimpy Kid party at Ironwood Library. Whether or not you've seen the latest movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, you're sure to have loads of fun with a trivia contest, games, & prizes based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. No registration required. 
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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood 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 ages birth through five, 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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10am.  #pplstorytime  #familystorytime
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SIT, STAY, READ

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room

Read to a dog -- therapy dogs love to listen to stories! Our friends, Raven, a gentle American Bull Terrier, and, Cassie, a gentle Labrador mix, will be waiting for you at the library. It will make them so happy to hear you read books! Bring your own book or take one from our shelves and spend some time with Raven and Cassie. Reading aloud to certified therapy dogs is an excellent way for emerging readers to practice their skills (and lots of fun, too!) #sitstayread

 

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Kids Play @ the Library

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Head to Ironwood for some cool indoor play time. Kids can participate in a variety of activities including Giant Dice games, Bingo, Code & Go with Robot Mice, and more!
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TinkerTime: Makerspace for Kids

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
A maker space for children to design, experiment, and invent as they explore hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities through self-guided tinkering. #stem
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Babytime with Sign Lanugage for Walkers

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room

Babies, walking to 23 months, enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime while accompanied by a favorite adult. Babies and caregivers are also introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies' communication skills. Each lively session 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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 9:00am. #pplstorytime  #babytimewithsign

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Babytime with Sign Language for Crawlers

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Babies, birth to crawling, enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime while accompanied by a favorite adult. Babies and caregivers are also introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies' communication skills. Each lively session 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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10:00am.  #pplstorytime  #babytimewithsign
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Seas the Summer- Teen Lock-in

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Kick off the summer with an after hours teen party!  There will be movies, make your own ice cream blizzard, crafts such as tie dye t-shirts and bracelet making, karaoke, and much more!  The event is free and open to teens 12-17.  A signed parental permission slip is required.  Permission slips are available at Ironwood Library.
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Preschool Prep

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

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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available on the day of the program at 10:00am 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   #pplstorytime 

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Color to Calm

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Join the craze! Adult coloring promotes mindfulness, reduces stress, and improves cognitive motor skills. We'll provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils, and coloring sheets - Just bring yourself and your friends! 
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Summer Drop-In STEM Program for Kids

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Join us at the library for this fun, hands-on STEM based programKids, ages 6-11, will create a different  project each week including: Circuit Bugs with LEDs, Straw Rocket Ships, Binary Code Keychains, Wobblebots, Turtle Weavings, and Robotic Hand Building.  #SummerReading # STEM

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Parchment and Prose Writer's Group

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Parchment and Prose Writer's discussion group meets the first Tuesday of every month for workshops, presentations, and discussions about all aspects of the writing process from conception to publication. 
Upcoming Topics and Presenters:

May: "Author Newsletters and Email Lists" w/ romance author KC Klein 
June: "Filter Words: What They Are and What They Do" w/ author Anissa Stringer
July: Kickstarter for Authors with Children's author/illustrator Rita Goldner


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Toddlertime with Sign Language

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Toddlers 24-47 months-old, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy interactive activities that encourage emerging language skills such as stories, songs, games, and playtime. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills, in this an active session. 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. Using sign language will speed your toddler's language development by 6-12 months! Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10:00am.   #pplstorytime  #toddlertime
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SIT, STAY, READ

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Read to a dog -- therapy dogs love to listen to stories! Our friend, Truffles, a playful 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 or take one from our shelves and spend some time with Truffles. Reading aloud to certified therapy dogs is an excellent way for emerging readers to practice their skills (and lots of fun, too!) #sitstayread
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Zentangle!

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. This program was made possible with generous support from the Maricopa County Library District. #SummerReading

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Ironwood Book Club

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Come join the Ironwood Book Club. All adults welcome. Meets the first Wednesday of each month.
Upcoming Books:

May 3--The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

June 7--Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

July 5--The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

August 2--Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

September 6--Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf


 

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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ironwood 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 ages birth through five, 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. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and available at 10am.  #pplstorytime  #familystorytime
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