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December News and Events from Glendale Public Library

Celebrate Pop Culture with LIBCON West

Glendale Public Library is no stranger to superheroes and villains. With over 16,000 graphic novels in the library's collection, and with graphic novels being some of the most popular items, it’s clear that the community loves a good comic book. With that in mind, Glendale Public Library has put together a day to celebrate all things pop culture, with their second annual LIBCON West.

“Our goal with this event is to provide the West Valley with a library comic convention unlike anything ever seen in our libraries,” said event coordinator and Lead Library Assistant Ray Ceo Jr.

LIBCON West was inspired by comic conventions that make appearances at libraries and other venues all around the nation.

“After last year’s success, we knew we wanted it to be bigger and more inclusive to families. So, that’s exactly what we did in this year’s planning. We put together a fantastic team of library staff and volunteers with expertise across the spectrum to ensure this year will top last year’s event,” said Ceo.

This year’s event will include food trucks with diverse offerings, including Kona Ice, Tot's N Tot's of Burgers, White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread, and Kettle Heroes.

Vendors include Anime + Yuma, Drawn to Comics, and Alien Kitty Designs, among many others.

“Vendors are coming from all over the state to sell their products, we have authors and panels lined up for teens and adults, plus so many crafts for kids. It’s really going to be a memorable day of fun,” said Ceo.

Kids under twelve can make superhero masks, play superhero bingo and even attend a superhero storytime. Meanwhile, those ages twelve to eighteen will have the opportunity to make cat ears, buttons, and participate in a fandom trivia challenge. There will also be teen-only workshops and panels, including a cosplay makeup workshop and a “How-to-YouTube” panel.

Adults can enjoy a panel on science fiction and fantasy writing, with at least six confirmed authors, plus a special retro-themed trivia contest. Geeks of all ages can shop, eat, and take pictures with featured cosplayers, such as the Phoenix Ghostbusters, AmberSkies Cosplay, the Arizona Autobots, the Arizona Avengers, Justice League Arizona, the Rebel Legion, Kiba the Cosplay Corgi, and many more. Everyone is also invited to enjoy a lightsaber demonstration put on by Syndicate Saber.

In addition, Ceo notes that "Since libraries are for everyone, we are excited to offer an all-ages storytime with Miss Nature, a professional drag queen performer, who will be reading stories about diversity and acceptance." Take a sneak peek at the schedule here.

This library comic convention will be at the Main Library on Saturday, December 9, from 11 AM-5 PM, and is free and open to the public. All attendees will also receive a raffle drawing ticket to win prizes.

For more information, visit the LIBCON West website at www.libconwest.weebly.com, follow LIBCON West on Facebook, or call 623-930-3530.

Arts and Crafts Corner: Learn How to Knit and Crochet

Learn new crochet and/or knitting stitches, review past lessons, share techniques, or work on personal projects. Certified instructor Kathy Shough will be on hand on Saturday, December 2, from 3-5 PM to help you with your questions. This group from the Velma Teague Branch Library will meet in the Large Meeting Room at the Glendale Main Library.

Live Music Events in December

Join us for live music from local musicians at the Foothills Coffeehouse. On Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 PM at the Foothills Branch, dulcimer group High Strung will be performing a selection of holiday tunes from around the world. They will be joined by Hosea, a folk music group.

Ring in the holiday with the Grace Lutheran Handbell Choirs on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 PM at the Main Library. The handbell choirs will play holiday favorites, demonstrate different techniques for handbell ringing and invite the audience to join in singing some familiar carols.

Members of the libraries' Acoustic Jam groups take the stage for a holiday-themed performance on Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 PM at the Main Library, for the Glendale Coffeehouse: Holiday Jam. Please note that the performers for this showcase are scheduled ahead of time. For more information, contact Ivy Jarvis.

Finally, Harryzona presents "Creek Crossing." Be sure not to miss this special performance on Thursday, December 21, at 6:30 PM at the Main Library! Clearwater Creek performs folk covers and originals with humor, fun and three-part harmonies, mostly in the style of Peter, Paul & Mary. Red Rock Crossing plays unique arrangements of bluegrass, country, rock and pop harmonies.

Glendale Study Halls

Studying for finals? Need a quiet place to study alone or with a group? Craving coffee? Students can come to Glendale Study Hall, at Foothills or Main, for the week of December 11-14 and December 18-19 (Foothills Quiet Room only) for free wi-fi, power for your laptop/smartphone/tablet, and coffee or water. Enjoy a special hour of extra stress relief each day, whether that be donuts, a therapy dog, 5-minute massage, or lessons on meditation or chair yoga! The Main Study Halls are for teens ages 12-18, while the Foothills Study Halls welcome all students ages 12 and up. No registration necessary - drop in with your study supplies!


Quiet Study: Hummingbird Room from 3-7:30 PM, Monday-Wednesday, December 11-13, and Monday-Tuesday, December 18-19.

Group Study and Stress Relief: Roadrunner Room from 3-7:30 PM, Tuesday-Wednesday, December 12-13.


Quiet Study: Small Meeting Room, December 12-14. Tuesday & Thursday, 2-6 PM; Wednesday, 2-4:30 PM.

Group Study and Stress Relief: Large Meeting Room, December 11-14. Monday, 2-5:30 PM; Tuesday & Thursday, 2-6 PM; Wednesday, 2-4:30 PM.

Reference USA Database Demonstration

The Glendale Public Library has ReferenceUSA, the premier online research and reference tool for area business professionals. You can use ReferenceUSA to conduct market research, build a business plan, locate sales leads and much, much more! Get information on this versatile tool on Tuesday, December 12, from 4-5:30 PM at the Main Library. Registration is requested, so click here to sign up.

Arizona Broadway Theatre for Young Audiences: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Actors, costumes and props...oh my! Award-winning theater troupe Arizona Broadway Theatre for Young Audiences is bringing its show to the Main Library on Wednesday, December 13, from 4-5 PM. From the charming opening melodies of "Christmas Time is Here" to Linus' timeless reminder of what the season is all about, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the magic of live performance! This program is geared for school-aged children, but younger kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Ugly Holiday Sweaters!

Are you a fan of the ugly holiday sweater tradition? Want to express your sassy holiday spirit? Come create a completely customizable ugly holiday sweater on Saturday, December 16, from 1-3 PM at the Velma Teague Branch! Ages 10-18. Registration is required, so click here to sign up.

Puppets @ the Teague!

Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy a festive storybook-themed puppet show presented by our talented staff puppeteers on Wednesday, December 20, from 11-11:30 AM & Thursday, December 21, from 6:30-7 PM at the Velma Teague Branch.

Volunteer Opportunity at Sahuaro Ranch Park

Volunteers are needed to assist the Rose Society of Glendale with annual rose pruning of the rose garden at Historic Sahuaro Ranch on Saturday, January 6, from 9 AM-12 PM. No experience needed! Pruning demonstrations will be provided by an accredited rosarian. Volunteer tasks will include pruning rose bushes, moving material in wheelbarrows, raking and other garden tasks. Click here to register!

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