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.
Arts and Crafts Corner: Learn How to Knit and Crochet
Live Music Events in December
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
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
Arizona Broadway Theatre for Young Audiences: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Ugly Holiday Sweaters!
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!