The following featured activities are offered by the Glendale Public Library in March. Locations include the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.; the Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.; and the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. All library programs are free.
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ALL GLENDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS
Spring Training Reading Challenge! The Glendale Public Library is partnering with Camelback Ranch Stadium to offer chances to win a pair of free tickets to a Dodgers or White Sox Spring Training baseball game! Just read or listen to a book of your choice and then visit any Glendale Public Library location to complete an entry for weekly drawings. Patrons of all ages are invited to participate. February 1 – March 15, 2019.
Discovery and Exploration Backpacks. Glendale Public Library is proud to introduce our themed Discovery & Exploration Backpacks for families and patrons of all ages to check out! These backpacks feature a variety of hiking resources and tools, including trail guides, binoculars, flashlights, telescopes, bug magnifying viewers, and more. The goal for offering this exciting new collection is to encourage our community to explore the great outdoors at any of Arizona’s many parks and recreational sites, or even in their own backyard, while learning about science concepts, wildlife, plants, rocks and the stars. For a limited time, each backpack will include a free Arizona State Parks Pass!
In conjunction with the release of our new Discovery & Exploration Backpack collection, all three libraries will also be offering special events for youth, teens and adults, including photography workshops, nature presentations by Audubon Arizona, craft workshops, and a family stargazing night.
FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY
19055 N. 57th Ave.
FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY ADULT
*Writer in Residence: One-on-One Consultation. Register for an appointment with award-winning author Katrina Shawver for expert advice on your writing. Dates and times vary; please visit bit.ly/gplmarchwriter for details.
Foothills Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month: Three-Legged Dog – roots, blues, bluegrass. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Roadrunner Room.
*Writer in Residence Workshop: Write Your Memoir One Story at a Time. Learn how to weave your stories into a cohesive account that flows together, add depth and details, and outline ways to structure your memoir. Your story is important! Write in a supportive atmosphere and have fun trying new ideas with Writer in Residence Katrina Shawver. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, March 8. Roadrunner Room.
*Spring Craft Series: Paper Beads Jewelry. Learn how to make paper beads, then string them with metal beads to create a beautiful bracelet or choker. Registration is required. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. Hummingbird Room.
*Vision Board Workshop. Learn to create inspirational, motivational collages. Worksheets on goal-setting and visualization, plus materials for assembling your vision board, will be provided. Feel free to bring pictures, quotes, etc. to include. Presented by Shelly Boucher. Registration is required. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Hummingbird Room.
*Arizona Audubon: Native Plants for Birds. Learn how native vegetation benefits breeding and migratory birds and find out how to incorporate native plants into your own garden. Walk outdoors near the library to better understand how these plants benefit wildlife—and, of course, do some birding too! Presented by Daniel Hite of Audubon Arizona. Registration is required. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 16. Roadrunner Room.
Encounters with Dangerous Pathogens and the Risks to Humans and Animals. Dangerous amoebas can live in soil and bodies of water. Rarely, fatal infections can occur in both humans and animals. Learn about the “five W’s” surrounding these amoebas, risk factors for encountering them, and how the CDC recommends protecting yourself. Presented by Jason Struthers, D.V.M., M.Vet.Sc, DACVP of Midwestern University. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Roadrunner Room.
FRANK Talk: Borders and Immigration. Join us for a discussion on one of the most divisive issues facing our country and our state, facilitated by Scott Warren, freelance geographer. Produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Roadrunner Room.
FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY TEEN (ages 12-18)
Tetris Magnets! Come hang out with us as we create these fun magnets! 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Hummingbird Room.
Harry Potter Trivia Night for Teens! Are you a die-hard Potterhead? Test your Harry Potter knowledge against other fans and see who comes out on top. Winners will receive small prizes! 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Storytime Room.
FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY YOUTH
Creative Kids. You won’t want to miss this month’s Creative Kids program! We will be making squiggle line art drawings. Join us after school to relax and do this fun project with us. Sign up with a friend or come and meet new friends. For ages 5-11. Registration begins March 4. 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 18. Hummingbird Room.
*Big Bug Bash. Children, ages 3-6, are invited to our Big Bug Bash Literacy Event! We will have multiple stations where children will have an opportunity to explore early math and language skills. After a 10 to 15-minute insect-themed storytime, we will focus on insect-themed activities, including practicing sorting and patterning skills, a scavenger hunt, learning about our new Backpack Grant, and sensory activities involving creative expression and play. Younger siblings who are age 2 are welcome to join us, but please note that because the stations are geared toward preschoolers, some activities may not be developmentally appropriate. Registration begins March 4. 11 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March 21. Roadrunner Room.
Spotlight Youth Theatre: The Beat Bugs. The Beat Bugs animated Netflix series centers around five pals who explore the world and learn life lessons with a little help from their friends. Join the fun as the cast of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s production of The Beat Bugs performs excerpts from the new musical theatre adaptation, including songs from the iconic Lennon/McCartney catalog! Please note: This event begins one hour before the library opens at noon. 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 30. Roadrunner Room.
5959 W. Brown Street
MAIN LIBRARY ADULT
*Senior Tech Academy: Computer Basics 102. Learn to identify computer programs, files, and folders. Access Windows software to create and edit document files. Attending Computer Basics 101 first is recommended. Class will be at GCC Library & Media Center. Call 623-930-3589 to request transportation from Main Library to GCC. Mention if you need wheelchair access. Recommended for adults 55 and older. Registration is required. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Creative Space.
Irrigation Repair and Maintenance. Johnathan Manning, Certified Arborist and Nurseryman, will provide a basic overview of design, troubleshooting, and repair for landscape watering systems. Register at email@example.com or 623-930-3760. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 9. Auditorium.
*Artistry Workshop: Spring Critter Painted Rocks. Artist Christine O’Hara will teach rock painting techniques used to create spring critters including sheep, chicks, ducklings and bunnies. All supplies are provided. Registration is required. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. Creative Space.
Glendale Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month: “One Eyed Ford” (Jenn Steege, Bill Burkett, and Eric Laubach) will perform mostly original music on the Native American flute, mandolin, guitar and blues harmonica, with vocals by Eric. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Auditorium.
*Senior Tech Academy: Internet Basics 101. Learn how to connect to the internet, use a search engine, navigate websites, and avoid internet scams and computer viruses. Recommended for adults 55 and older. Registration is required. 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 18. Creative Space.
Novel Destinations Book Club. Travel by book with fiction featuring stories that take place around the world. This month’s selection is Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Registration is required. 6-7 p.m.Tuesday, March 19. Creative Space.
*Writer in Residence Workshop: Bringing Someone Else’s Story to Life. Learn tips for interviewing your character, capturing voice and spirit, and verifying facts so your reader connects with your story on many levels. Come prepared to write and take home fresh ideas to power your story at this workshop presented by Writer in Residence Katrina Shawver, who will provide insights, ideas, and pitfalls to avoid! Registration is required. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Creative Space.
*Senior Tech Academy: Internet Basics 102. Learn how to protect your privacy on the internet and create secure website accounts and passwords. Attending Internet Basics 101 first is recommended. Class will be at GCC Library & Media Center. Call 623-930-3589 to request transportation from Main Library to GCC. Mention if you need wheelchair access. Recommended for adults 55 and older. Registration begins 2/26. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Creative Space.
**Live @ the Library: Mill Ave Chamber Players Present North American Folktales. Enjoy a new suite of children’s tales composed by Thomas Breadon. North American Folktales is designed to introduce traditional folktales to a new generation in order to preserve and reflect on our continent’s shared and diverse heritage. This original work highlighting five folktales from Canada, Mexico, and the United States will be a collection of compositions for wind quintet and narrator joined together in performance. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Auditorium.
MAIN LIBRARY TEEN (ages 12-18)
Tie-Dye Mania! Bring your own white tees, tote bags, or any other fabric to tie-dye! We’ll provide the dye, camaraderie and plastic bags to take home your wearable art. 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11. Large Meeting Room.
Camp STEM for Girls. This unique interactive camp for girls, ages 6-17, features hands-on activities that correspond to real-life applications through cooperative learning. Explore the science of music, engineering, gravity, and the constellations as you conduct experiments to get involved in your own learning. Registration is required. Please register for each day separately. This program is provided by the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council. 3-4:15 p.m. Monday, March 18-Thursday, March 21. Large Meeting Room.
DIY Henna. Create your own henna designs with inspiration from library books about the history of henna. The library will provide the plant-based henna. 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18. Large Meeting Room.
My Kids in Sign Begins! This is your chance to learn some sign language and express yourself through musical interpretation. Workshops begin March 30 and continue on April 13, 20 & 27, with additional rehearsals on April 30, May 1 & 2. Performances will be held on May 4 at 1 and 3 p.m. Ages 8-18. Registration begins March 1. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Auditorium.
MAIN LIBRARY YOUTH
Wild Wednesday! Rainbow Mobile! We supply the materials — kids supply the imagination. Celebrate spring with a lucky rainbow mobile! While this first-come, first-served program is designed for ages 5-11, ages 3-4 may attend if accompanied by an adult. Larger groups must bring one adult for every five children that attend. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Storytime Room.
Camp STEM for Girls. This unique interactive camp for girls, ages 6-17, features hands-on activities that correspond to real-life applications through cooperative learning. Girls will learn about the science of music, engineering, gravity, and the constellations as they conduct science experiments to get involved in their own learning. Space is limited. Registration is required. Attendees must register for each day separately. This program is provided by the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council. 3-4:15 p.m. Monday, March 18-Thursday, March 21. Large Meeting Room.
My Kids in Sign Begins! This is your chance to learn some sign language and express yourself through musical interpretation. Workshops begin March 30 and continue on April 13, 20 & 27, with additional rehearsals on April 30, May 1 & 2. Performances will be held on May 4 at 1 and 3 p.m. Ages 8-18. Registration is required. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Auditorium.
VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY
7010 N. 58th Ave.
VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY ADULT
Drop-in Fridays for Seniors @ the Teague. Join other seniors every Friday for coloring, card and board games, and jigsaw puzzles, plus a changing assortment of programs ranging from music, coping with aging, memory times, help with electronics, expressing yourself, cultural enrichment and crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.
ǂAdult Song Study Workshops. Celebrate classic favorite songs that we all know and love with Phoenix Conservatory of Music Teaching Artists! Each week a new song will be explored, with discussions on history, artist trivia, form, instrumentation and lyric analysis. Everyone will have a chance to play the featured song (bring your own instrument), sing along, and tell stories about what each song brings to mind. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.
*Senior Tech Academy: Internet Basics 101. Learn how to connect to the internet, use a search engine, navigate websites, and avoid internet scams and computer viruses. Recommended for adults 55 and older. Registration begins 2/19. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
*Arts and Crafts Corner: Felted Birds for Spring. Crafter Tina Agee returns to help us make some lovely felted birds to celebrate springtime. Registration begins 2/27. 1-4 p.m., Saturday, March 23.
*Return of the Rock Talkers. Lynne and Terry Dyer, outreach volunteers from the Earth Science Museum and members of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona, return with a display of their rocks, minerals and fossils. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY TEEN (ages 12-18)
Teen Craft: Skateboard Soup-Up. We’ve got supplies for all you skateboarders out there to come soup-up your boards! Also, enter our drawing to win a brand-new skateboard (with wheels and trucks) courtesy of Cowtown Skateboards! Registration is required. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY YOUTH
Shamrock Scavenger Hunt! Help Larry the leprechaun find his lost gold coins! Kids 11 years of age and under can pick up a treasure map at the library Youth Desk from March 11 through March 16 to participate in this fun scavenger-hunt-style activity! Everyone who successfully completes the treasure hunt will receive a prize! Monday, March 11-Saturday, March 16.
Spring Break Make & Take Craft. Pick up a make-it-yourself craft at the Youth Desk anytime during regular library hours. All supplies will be provided. Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper. Monday, March 18-Saturday, March 23.
ǂGuitar Classes for Tweens. Kids, ages 8-12, can learn the basics of playing the guitar during a series of 8 free 1-hour lessons presented by the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Classes will include instruction on beginning right hand and left hand techniques, strumming, fingerpicking, picking, and playing individual notes, chords and songs. Week to week attendance is highly suggested. Registration begins 2/25. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 & 27; April 3, 10, 17 & 24; May 1 & 8.
Getting Crafty with Miss Janet: Painter’s Tape Art. Come and join in the fun! Create a cool craft to keep or give as a gift! Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper. All supplies provided. 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
ǂWorld Music Family Classes. Join Phoenix Conservatory of Music Teaching Artists to discover and celebrate music from around the world in these family-friendly programs that include song, dance, a music craft and a story! Free for all ages, including small children, siblings, and parents/caregivers. The featured performers for March are Flamenco Jaleos with Liliana de Leon-Torsiello. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
*VTL STEAM Maker Lab – Bristlebots! Bristlebots are small robots made by combining a toothbrush head and vibrating motor. By changing the position of the pipe cleaner arms, Bristlebots will travel in circles, straight lines, or scoot around randomly. Tweens, ages 7-11, can make their own Bristlebots during this free hands-on workshop, while learning about engineering, motors, circuits, and principles of balance. 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 28.