Library Insider

January 2017 News and Events from Glendale Public Library

SCORE Brings Popular Workshop to West Valley

Are you starting a new business or thinking about it? This session is an essential step in developing a business plan that will increase your chances of being successful. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. "SCORE Seminars routinely draw hundreds of attendees in the East valley," says Glendale Library's Business Librarian, Michael Schor. "It's very exciting that they have partnered with us to bring these popular presentations to the West side."

This workshop for new business owners, or those considering starting a small business, will answer such questions as: Should you start now? Where? How? What about money? Experienced business professionals will address each of these and help you get started on the best path for your business. Register for this event by clicking here.

"The SCORE Workshop is just the tip of the iceberg," continues Schor. "As we look forward to the opening of the Glendale IDEA center in Spring 2017, the Library is really ramping up our business programming, offering workshops on resume writing, job searching and interviewing." For a full list of these programs, click here.

Arizona Songwriters' Gathering Celebrates 21st Year!

Many moons ago, Lon Austin conceived of an event that would feature local songwriters and offer seminars about songwriting and related subjects. He partnered with Jon Iger and Gavan Weiser of the Arizona Songwriters Association to offer the event, and it continues today, in partnership with the Glendale Public Library.

Whether you are interested in learning how to pitch your song to the entertainment industry, write for your own enjoyment, or just want to enjoy live, local music, you are welcome to attend. During the event, there will be showcases featuring 70 songwriters, song circles for sharing your original songs, and seminars by noted industry experts on topics as varied as copyright law and how to shoot your own music video. The day culminates in a performance featuring Arizona group D-Squared. Event organizer Lon Austin says, "This husband and wife duo create astonishing soundscapes with their instruments. Deb plays a harp, and Don Charles is one of my favorite songwriters because of his ability to write songs with incredible depth of meaning." For more information about this all ages event, click here.

Teen Book Clubs Take Off in the New Year

Teens don't read. Right? Wrong! Research by the Pew Research Center shows that teens are more likely to read daily than any other age group, and they prefer print books. Teen Librarian Kearsten LaBrozzi says, "Teen readers love to share books with their friends, which is easier to do in print." This social aspect of sharing favorite books is the basis for Kearsten's Book Club, which meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Main Library. "The members of the club nominate books," says LaBrozzi, "then the group votes to choose the titles we read. January is the month when we vote on our next round of books, so it's also a great time to join in." Kearsten's Book Club is open to teens, ages 12-18, and will next meet on Monday, January 23, at 6 PM.

Teen Librarian Erin Gerrard is hoping to bring some magic to teen reading in 2017. "The Harry Potter series turns 20 this year," says Gerrard. "It's a perfect time to re-read the series, and introduce it to a new generation of teens." The Pizza and Pages book club will be reading the entire seven-volume series, one volume each month, leading up to Harry Potter's "birthday" in July 2017. The celebration kicks off starting Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM, with the series opener Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Storytimes Return!

January not only marks a new year, it marks the return of Storytimes to the three Glendale Libraries. Click on the image to the left for a full schedule of Storytimes.