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May 2017 News and Events at Glendale Public Library

Preschool Fun at the Library!

Storytime may be on hiatus for the month of May, but that doesn't mean we have forgotten about our youngest patrons! In May, we are featuring lots of programs that equal preschool fun!

Kick things off at Main Library with "Bear-y" Wild About Books on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:15 AM. Book-related art activities, stories or maybe that cool Wild About Books movie, all geared for our toddler and preschool patrons, will be offered as we wind down the spring sessions of storytime.

Foothills Branch Library is having a Children's Picture Book Party. On Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30 AM, celebrate the love of reading through crafts, games and stories of famous picture books series and authors. This at-your-own-pace program runs for an hour as children and their parents/caregivers move through various stations set up in the Youth Department. And don't forget your camera! Maisy will be our very special guest meeting kids for photo ops!

On Mondays at 4 PM from May 1-22, the Velma Teague Branch Library is hosting Play and Learn! Children (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to this fun, activity-filled program presented by CPLC Parenting Arizona and First Things First. Play with a parachute, make a craft, sing songs, and hear a story. Participants will receive a free snack and a book! Registration is required for this program, so be sure to click here to sign up.

Foothills is at it again, this time featuring Music for Littles! on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30 AM. Join the staff at the Foothills Branch for some songs and fun. We’ll sing, dance, clap, shake and move to some great kids’ tunes. Want to dance some more? Head down to Velma Teague on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 AM for Song.er.cise and sing, jump, stretch, bend, dance, tumble and twist along with Ms. Gabby, a family educator for Benevilla Family Resource Center. Make sure to register here for this limited space event.

Classical Music for Kids!

Kids can't understand classical music, right? Wrong! Velma Teague Library is hosting an interactive and energetic concert on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 PM, to help kids learn about the different instruments of a reed quintet and how their different sounds are utilized. The Driftwood Quintet, a chamber group that is dedicated to crossing genres and bending boundaries, will perform Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals and the companion poetry by Ogden Nash, making chamber music approachable and fun! Following Carnival of the Animals, there will be a performance of Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice as made famous by the Disney film Fantasia. Families and kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free performance.

Stay "Hydrated" at the Library!

Want to learn how to reduce your water usage, save money and have a positive impact on the desert ecosystem? Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Division, in partnership with the Watershed Management Group, are offering a series of five free classes that will do just that! For every class you attend, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for water-harvesting goodies.

Watershed Management Group develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. Their five-part "Hydrate" series, offered on Wednesdays at 6 PM from April 26 through May 24 at the Main Library, will teach you how to design a rain garden, select native plants, use rain tanks, utilize food waste to build soil health, and best practices for greywater use.

Click here to register for these free classes.

New All in One Service

All three Glendale Public Library locations now feature the Bibliotheca SmartServe 1000 — a self-check machine that allows you to pay fines and fees with cash or credit. These new, user-friendly machines allow for:

  • faster, more convenient check-out.
  • more privacy and greater security when paying fines.
  • shorter lines at the service desks.
  • more staffing at service desks.

You will still be able to pay your fine by credit or debit card, or by check, at all of the Adult Service Desks. Adding the Bibliotheca SmartServe 1000 will not result in any reduction in staff at the library, but will allow us to provide better and more efficient service to you. If you have any questions about the new Bibliotheca SmartServe machines, feel free to ask a member of our staff.

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