Glendale Library Events

September 2016


Storytimes in September/October. Enjoy a tale told by our talented library storytellers! These storytimes for parents or caregivers and their children may include songs, fingerplays, rhymes, movement, puppets, guided play, reading activities, and/or a short movie.

Wee Readers. Ages 18-36 months.

Main Library: Tuesdays, 10:15 AM (except October 25 – enjoy Don't Bug Me, I'm Beary Scary instead).

Storytime Express. Ages 3-6 years.

Main Library: Tuesdays, 10:45 AM (except October 25 – enjoy Don't Bug Me, I'm Beary Scary instead).

Baby Rhyme and Playtime. Newborn-18 months.

Foothills: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM, Roadrunner Room.

Familytime. All ages. Children under age 3 must be accompanied by an adult.

Foothills: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM.

A-B-C Storytime. Newborn-5 years.

Main Library: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM.

Toddlertime. 18 months-3 years.

Foothills: Wednesdays, 10:30 AM.

Storytime. Ages 3-6 years.

Velma Teague: Wednesdays, 10:30 AM.

Foothills: Wednesdays, 11:00 AM.

Baby and Toddler Time. Babies and toddlers.

Velma Teague: Wednesdays, 11:00 AM.

Smart Start. Newborn-5 years.

Main Library: Thursdays, 10:30 AM (except September 15 and October 20 – enjoy Toe Tapping Thursdays instead).

Wee Readers @ Arrowhead Towne Center. Newborn-5 years. Located at 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center. For more information, please call 623-930-3837.

Arrowhead Towne Center: Thursday, September 15 and October 20, 10:00 AM, Community Room.

Youth Events

Purposeful Play. Join Ms. Gabby, a family educator for Benevilla Family Resource Center, to learn why and how to play with your child to maximize brain development. For parents/caregivers and tots 1-5 years old.

Main Library: Thursday, September 1, 6:00-7:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Velma Teague: Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 AM, Storytime Room. Registration required.

Glendale Game Club. Hang out, mess around and geek out all while playing games on our tablets. Ages 10-18.

Main Library: Tuesdays, September 6-September 29, 3:30-4:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Glendale Code Club. Want to learn to code? Looking to improve your skills? If you're between the ages of 10-18, register each week to reserve your spot at this weekly coding club!

Main Library: Tuesdays, September 6-September 29, 3:30-4:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

*Express Yourself: Lego Mania. Come and build Lego masterpieces with us! Work together in groups or alone to make a Lego creation. Ages 3-12.

Main Library: Wednesday, September 7, 3:30-4:30 PM, Storytime Room.

Foothills: Monday, September 12, 4:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Velma Teague: Thursday, September 15, 4:00 PM, Storytime Room. Registration required.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater Presents: Little Dino’s Baby Tooth. Little Dino has his first loose tooth! His best friend, Maisie the Butterfly, helps him learn all about taking care of his teeth. Sponsored by Solomon Pediatric Dental.

Foothills: Friday, September 9, 1:30 PM, Roadrunner Room.

Teddy Bear Storytime. Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day in downtown Glendale with a family storytime and a special stuffed color bear craft!

Velma Teague: Saturday, September 10, 1:00-1:30 PM, Storytime Room.

Toddler Brain Time. A special storytime based on New Directions Institute’s Brain Box system. For ages 18 months–2 years with an adult. Registration is required one week prior to each meeting.

Foothills: Monday, September 12, 19 and 26, 2:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Book Buddies. Book Buddies kids, ages 5-9, work one-on-one with a teen volunteer to share books and read aloud, developing reading and social skills. Buddies will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Have a teen interested in becoming a Book Buddy volunteer? Stop by the Youth Desk to grab an application!

Foothills: Tuesdays, September 13-September 29, 4:00 or 4:30 PM, Storytime Room.

*Express Yourself: Crafty Kids. Join us for a hands-on arts and crafts experience. Crafty Kids is first-come, first-served, so check in at the Youth Desk. This program is designed for ages 5-12. Younger children may attend with a parent.

Main Library: Wednesday, September 14, 3:30 PM, Storytime Room.

*Express Yourself: Toe-Tapping Thursday. Sing and dance in this fun-filled movement and music program! Perfect for active 2-5 year-olds and their parents/caregivers. First-come, first-served.

Main Library: Thursday, September 15, 10:30 AM, Large Meeting Room.

*National Batman Day. Come to the library dressed as any superhero and stop by the Youth Desk to receive a prize! Also, grab our special Batman craft to complete at the library or at home!

Foothills: Saturday, September 17, 12:00-5:00 PM, Youth Department.

*Express Yourself: Youth Art Makerlab. Kids in grades K-3 are invited to make some art at the library! We’ll provide paint, pastels, watercolors, markers and much more. You’ll supply the imagination!

Velma Teague: Saturday, September 17, 1:00-3:00 PM, Storytime Room.

*Express yourself: Sticker Paint Creations. This program has everything: finger painting, stickers and a whole lot of fun! For kids in grades K-3. Registration begins 9/12.

Foothills: Monday, September 19, 4:00 PM, Hummingbird Room.

Bingo. Kids can have fun and win themed prizes at Bingo-mania (Main), Book Bingo (Velma Teague) and Candyland Bingo (Foothills).

Main Library: Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 PM, Storytime Room.

*Getting Crafty with Miss Janet. Come and join in the fun! Create a cool craft to keep or give as a gift! Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper.

Velma Teague: Thursday, September 22 (Bookworm Clothespin Magnet), 4:00 PM, Storytime Room.

PAWS to Read. Our doggy friends want to read with you! Readers ages 5 and up can sign up for a 15-minute session. Call to register.

Velma Teague: Monday, September 26 4:00 PM, Youth Department.

Song.ercise. Sing, jump, stretch, bend, dance, tumble and twist along with Ms. Gabby, a family educator for Benevilla Family Resource Center. Incorporate movement and music into your child’s day to enhance motor development. For caregivers and tots 0-5 years old. Registration required.

Velma Teague: Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 AM, Storytime Room.

Minecraft Pocket. Come relax after school and play Minecraft Pocket with your friends. Tablets will be provided. If you already own a tablet with Minecraft Pocket on it, tell a staff member or write it in the notes field at sign up. Registration begins a week prior to each program. For ages 7-11.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 PM, Hummingbird Room.

*Express Yourself: Pokémon Adventure Night. Calling all Pokémon fans, ages 7-12! Stop by the library for an evening of fun featuring a Pokémon origami craft, a card tournament, and the library’s own special version of Pokémon Go! Feel free to bring along your favorite cards. Registration required.

Velma Teague: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Storytime Room.

Tour of Gymnastics Champions Coloring Contest.

Kids, ages 5-11, can enter to win the chance to see Gabrielle Douglas and Nastia Liukin, along with members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams, at the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions on September 22 at Gila River Arena! Coloring sheet entries will be available September 1-14 on the library’s website and in the youth departments at Main Library, Foothills and Velma Teague.

Teen Events

Favorite Teen Author/Book Drawing. Teens, do you have a favorite book? Do you have an author you just love? Drop by and share your favorites with us for a chance to win a $25 gift card in our drawing.

Velma Teague: September 1-24, Teen Zone.

Glendale Game Club. Hang out, mess around and geek out all while playing any number of games on our tablets. Ages 10-18.

Main Library: Tuesdays, September 6-Septe,mber 29, 3:30-4:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Glendale Code Club. Want to learn to code? Looking to improve your skills? If you're between the ages of 10-18, register each week to reserve your spot at this weekly coding club!

Main Library: Tuesdays, September 6-September 29, 3:30-4:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Teen Gaming Night. Love to game? Come hang out with us, play, eat snacks, and have fun when we bring out the gaming systems!

Foothills: Wednesday, September 7, 6:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Teen Library Council Meeting. Earn volunteer service hours, have fun and meet new people, all while helping to make YOUR library a better place. Help select books and music for the library and participate in the planning and presentation of library events.

Main Library: Monday, September 12, 6:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Teen Chillout. Looking for someplace to have fun and hang out after school? Want to meet like-minded teens who love the library? Come join us…and yes, there will be snacks!

Velma Teague: Wednesday, September 14, 4:00-5:30 PM, Meeting Room.

Teen Improv Night. Come practice your improv skills and have some laughs. Snacks will be provided!

Foothills: Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Writing Workshop for Teens. Published author Ruth Douthitt will teach us about developing a plot and characters, the importance of setting, villains, conflict, and more. Leave with a working outline that will help you start your novel. Registration begins 9/3.

Foothills: Saturday, September 17, 1:00 PM, Hummingbird Room.

*Mandala Rocks. Get creative and paint beautiful rocks with our very own mandala rock painter extraordinaire, Christie. Registration begins 9/5.

Main Library: Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

*Express Yourself: Makerspace String Art. Express yourself through string art! Registration begins 9/7.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Kearsten’s Book Club. Join other teens on the fourth Monday of every month to snack, chat and discuss a variety of titles for teens (or of teen interest). Copies are available at the Youth Desk. September’s book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Main Library: Monday, September 26, 6:30 PM, Storytime Room.

Pizza and Pages. Teens, do you like pizza? Do you like to read? Then we have the book discussion group for you! September’s book: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Books will be available at the Youth Desk at the beginning of the month.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 PM, Storytime Room.

Book Discussions

Velma’s Clues Mystery Book Club. Explore first novels in mystery series. September’s book: The Old Buzzard Had It Coming by Donis Casey. Contact Judy at 623-930-3446 for more information.

Velma Teague: Thursday, September 8, 6:30 PM, Meeting Room.

Real to Reel Book Discussion. Discuss books turned into movies. Read the book, see the movie, or both! For more information, call Lisa at 623-930-3555. September’s book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Main Library: Monday, September 12, 1:30-3:30 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Mystery Readers Group. Discuss a variety of mystery/suspense authors and themes. Call Lisa at 623-930-3555 for more information, or visit www.bit.ly/GPLmysteryreaders. September: Professor/teacher sleuths or books by Stuart Woods.

Main Library: Tuesday, September 13, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Small Meeting Room.

Gentle Reads Book Discussion Group. Join us to discuss emotionally uplifting and inspirational fiction. September’s book: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. For information, call 623-930-3844.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 AM, Hummingbird Room.

21&UP Book Club. Discuss controversial and provocative books. September’s book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Books are available at the Public Service Desk, but supplies are limited. Call 623-930-3570 for more information.

Main Library: Thursday, September 15, 6:15 PM, Creative Space.

58th Avenue Book Group. Join us for coffee and donuts. September’s book: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Contact Stephanie at 623-930-3440 for more information.

Velma Teague: Tuesday, September 20, 10:15 AM, Meeting Room.

A Novel Approach Book Discussion Group. Join us to discuss engaging and thought-provoking popular fiction. September’s book: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee. For information, call 623-930-3844.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 21 , 6:30 PM, Hummingbird Room.

Adult Workshops and Classes

Help with eBooks and More. Drop by for help with your eReader questions. Bring your own device for specific advice.

Velma Teague: By appointment (call 623-930-3440), Meeting Room.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 21, 1:00-3:00 PM (or call 623-930-3849 for a Wednesday evening appointment), Hummingbird Room.

Friends of the Glendale Public Library Meeting. All community members are invited to participate at the monthly meetings of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting Glendale's library system.

Main Library: Thursday, September 1, 10:30 AM, Large Meeting Room.

*Express Yourself: Adult Coloring. Become part of the newest trend in stress relief. Coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided, but feel free to bring your own art supplies.

Main Library: Thursday, September 1, 5:30-7:30 PM, Creative Space.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 PM, Hummingbird Room.

Velma Teague: Monday, September 19, 1:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Business Counseling with SCORE. Free business counseling from SCORE (Counselors for America’s Small Business). SCORE can advise on all areas of business, from start-up information to marketing and accounting concerns. Call 602-745-7250 for more information and to make an appointment.

Main Library: Saturdays, September 3-24, 12:00-4:00 PM, Creative Space.

Get Hooked on Crochet and the Knit Wits. Learn new crocheting and knitting stitches with certified knit/crochet teacher Kathy Shough.

Velma Teague: Saturday, September 3, 1:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Digital Help Spot. Want to learn how to get free downloadable books, audiobooks and more from your library? Bring your smartphone, tablet or eReader with you and join Digital Librarian Marlene Jacobson at the Digital Help Spot.

Main Library: Sundays, September 4-September 25and Wednesdays, September 7-28, 2:00-3:00 PM, Creative Space.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Grandfamilies of North Glendale is an educational support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Membership and materials are free. For more information, contact Sherry Griffin at sgriffin@benevilla.org or 623-207-6016.

Main Library: Thursday, September 8 and 22, 1:00 PM, Creative Space.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 PM, Hummingbird Room.

Socrates Café: A Philosophical Discussion Group. Gather with people from different backgrounds and beliefs to exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences. This group is facilitated by Renee Kirschner. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

Main Library: Saturday, September 10 and 24, 2:00-4:00 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Citizenship Classes. Presented by the International Rescue Committee, this 10-week class will teach you the fundamentals of United States politics, government, and history included in the U.S. Citizenship exams. Registration required. Contact Brandi Bruce at Brandi.Bruce@Rescue.org or 602-433-2440, ext. 240. Note: This series runs through November 21.

Velma Teague: Mondays, September 12-October 31 (no class on October 10), 5:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Benevilla Family Resource Center: Application Help. Get help applying online for AHCCCS Health Insurance, KidsCare, SNAP-Nutrition Assistance and TANF Cash Assistance. Call 623-207-6016 to schedule an appointment.

Velma Teague: Tuesday, September 13, Adult Department.

French Conversation Groups. Join these groups of French speakers for topical discussions in French. Facilitated by Alain Danel. Beginner group meets at 6:00 PM, Intermediate and Advanced at 7:00 PM.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 13 and 27, 6:00 and 7:00 PM, Hummingbird Room.

Spanish Conversation Group. Join this group of intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers for topical discussions in Spanish. Facilitated by Rod Fensom.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 PM, Hummingbird Room.

The Aging Eye: What Is Normal and What Is Not. Learn how to distinguish between the natural effects of aging and the onset of disease, including cataracts, floaters, dry eye, and macular degeneration, as well as options for diagnosis and treatments. Presented by Laura Addy, O.D., of Midwestern University.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 PM, Roadrunner Room.

Name Your Game. Play classic card and/or board games on the fourth Thursday of the month. Registration required.

Velma Teague: Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Vegetable Gardening in Tune with the Desert. Here in the low desert we are lucky enough to have two growing seasons: fall and spring. Gardening expert Carol Stuttard will help you master vegetable gardening. Learn about plant selection, soil preparation, and seasonal tips to give your fall garden the kick-start it needs for producing homegrown vegetables.

Main Library: Saturday, September 24, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Auditorium.

*Express Yourself: Zentangle. Learn the relaxing art of Zentangle from Camille Obert-Goralski, certified Zentangle instructor. Registration required.

Velma Teague: Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Fabulous Fall Booksale, Foothills Branch Library, Saturday, September 24, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Don’t miss our semi-annual booksale! Books and media will be on sale in the Roadrunner Room, with a cash-only Buck-a-Bag sale in the Hummingbird Room (bags provided by the library). The Buck-a-Bag sale in the Hummingbird Room runs from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, while the main sale in the Roadrunner Room runs from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Proceeds benefit your library. Sale will begin two hours before the library opens.

Music and Performance

Bluegrass Jam. Bring your acoustic instrument and play bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, and more round-robin style! All levels of players welcome. Audience and singers also are encouraged to attend.

Foothills: Friday, September 2 and 16 and October 7 and 21, 1:00-3:00 PM, Roadrunner Room.

Glendale Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians.

Foothills: Wednesday, September 7 (Steve Decker – folk and Americana; Lynne Pils - old country), 6:30 PM, Roadrunner Room.

Main Library: Thursday, September 8 (Clearwater Creek - folk covers and originals in the style of Peter, Paul and Mary; Steve Miller - acoustic variety folk, rock and originals), 6:30-7:30 PM, Auditorium.

Second Sunday Songwriters Consortium. Organized by Steve Decker, this group offers lively interaction, mutual inspiration, and constructive ideas in a spirit of respect and friendship. Participants share new songs in progress, offer camaraderie and support, and challenge each other to greater creativity and expression. Audience welcome.

Main Library: Sunday, September 11, 9, 1:00-3:00 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Acoustic Jam. Bring your acoustic instrument and play round-robin style. Audience welcome.

Foothills: Tuesday, September 13 and October 11, 6:00 PM, Roadrunner Room.

Velma Teague: Saturday, September 24 and October 22, 3:00 PM, Meeting Room.

Main Library: Wednesday, September 28 and October 26, 6:00-8:00 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Songs in Progress Workshop. Meet one-on-one with Arizona Songwriters Association members, Jon Iger and Randy Brown, to get constructive feedback on your song BEFORE you go into the studio! Perform it live or bring a recording. This is a FREE opportunity with a laid-back atmosphere.

Main Library: Saturday, September 17, 1:00 PM, Large Meeting Room.

Live @ the Library: Mill Ave Chamber Players. This woodwind quintet will kick off the fall season of Live @ the Library with music from their second CD, which includes the music of Jon Steinmetz, American composer. Visit them at www.millavechamberplayers.com.

Main Library: Thursday, September 22, 6:30-7:30 PM, Auditorium.

**Express Yourself: This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

**This program is made possible by the Glendale Arts Commission, Glendale Library and Arts Department 2016-2017 Performing Arts Partnership Program.

To register or for more information about a program or event, please call the host library

or visit our events page at www.bit.ly/GPLcalendar

All events at the Glendale Public Library are public, and participants may be photographed by the media and or City staff for future print and/or online publication.