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News and Events for September 2017

Library Card Sign-up Month Is Back!

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. In addition, we’re also celebrating the Main Library's 30th birthday! To commemorate both of these momentous occasions, Glendale Public Library is unveiling a new card design, featuring one of the many peacocks who roost on the grounds of the Main Library. “Patrons have been requesting a peacock card for years,” says Library Operations Supervisor Patsy Kavanaugh, “and we have finally found the perfect image that shows off the peacock’s natural beauty and the Main Library’s Xeriscape Garden.” If you'd like to replace your library card with the new design, you can do so at any Glendale Public Library. Just bring your picture ID and $2 for the new card.

In addition to the new library card design, those who register for a library card in September will also be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire tablet, sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library. For more information about the new card design or the Friends of the Library raffle, ask at any library service desk.

FRANK Talk: Energy in an Uncertain World

Energy can be made affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all Arizonans. Energy is never just about technology, but about the values and ideals that a society has about its design and distribution. But what will it take to achieve energy justice? What are the values that are driving energy production and distribution in today’s world? On Wednesday, September 13, from 6:30-8 PM at the Foothills Branch, join us for a FRANK Talk that looks at the state of Arizona to discuss the historical context of energy production, the current webs of energy that exist in the state, and some potential ideas, policies, programs, and technologies that will shape the production of energy in the future. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. FRANK Talks, face-to-face conversations on ideas that matter, are produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records.

Tomás and the Library Lady Comes to the Main Library!

Tomás loves stories and Papa Grande tells them to him todas las noches! One day while his family is in Iowa picking crops, Tomás meets the Library Lady and nothing is ever the same again. Soon his imagination takes off as he reads book after book, discovering a world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and explorers! Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera and the book by Pat Mora, Childsplay brings this favorite play with music celebrating reading, imagination and creativity to the Main Library on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5 PM. Introduce your kids to the magic of live performance with award-winning theater troupe Childsplay.

School Year Stress Relief for Teens

Does school have you stressed out already? Teens, ages 12-18, can come and take advantage of an opportunity to create some fun, stress-relieving crafts at the Foothills Branch. On Wednesday, September 6, from 6-7 PM, learn the meditative drawing technique of Zentangle. Ever heard of Dream Jars? This clever craft is pretty but also serves a neat function – you write down your dreams and store them in the jar. Learn how to make this cool DIY on Wednesday, September 13, from 6-7 PM. Wrap up the series on Wednesday, September 20, from 6-7 PM with DIY Stress Balls and Journals. Click here to register for these classes.

Library Closed for Labor Day

All of the Glendale Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Please note that the library book drops will not be available on this day.

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