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2024 Summer Reading Program & Special Events

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

'Adventure Begins at Your Library' as the 2024 Summer Reading Program is here! People of all ages may participate by signing up and reading 20 minutes a day to earn incentives and prizes all summer long. Your local Peoria Public Library also offers several special summer events that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Those attending the events can even earn additional points! The program runs from June 1 through August 1, so be sure to sign up today and find your next adventure at the library!

  • To learn more about the Summer Reading Program and special events at your local Peoria Libraries, Click Here.
  • To sign up for the program and enter your minutes, Click Here.

Peoria Main Library
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Lego Contest

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Jun. 1 - Jul. 13

Create your very own Lego Adventure Creation and display it at Peoria Main Library for a chance to win a prize! Create a build that represents the wildest adventure your mini figure can go on! Registration forms can be picked up at the youth reference desk.


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Monday Movie Matinees

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Mondays, Jun. 3 - Jul. 29
Time: 10:30 a.m.

This Summer “Adventure Begins at Your Library”! Come to the Library in the cool of the morning on Mondays to enjoy different sorts of adventures, from exploring emotions to going on a quest. These are all movies that inspired a sequel if not a franchise, so come enjoy the original movie that started the adventure.

Dates/Titles:

  • Jun. 17 - Kung Fu Panda.
  • Jun. 24 - Trolls.
  • Jul. 1 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Jul. 8 - Aladdin (1992).

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Family Storytime at the Vistancia Mountain Vista Club

Location: Vistancia Mountain Vista Club (29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria)
Date: The 3rd Tuesday of the month: Jun. 18 & Jul. 16
Time: 2 p.m.

Join us for a fun, educational storytime that emphasizes early literacy and inspires a lifelong love of reading. Recommended for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years old. Space is limited and attendees will be on a first come, first serve basis.


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Storytime at the Vistancia Mountain Vista Club

Location: Storytime at Vistancia Mountain Vista Club (29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria)
Date: The 1st Tuesday of the Month: Jul. 2
Time: 2 p.m.

Join us for 'Stretch It Out', an early literacy storytime emphasizing simple yoga stretches and mindfulness. Each session we focus on a new letter, read great stories, and practice kid-friendly yoga poses! For recommended ages 2 yrs. - 5 yrs. Bring your yoga mat!


Peoria Main Library
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*NEW*
Family Video Gaming Nights

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month - Starting Jul. 18
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of laughter, competition, and bonding with your loved ones. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or a complete newbie, there’s something for everyone! Come check out a range of fun video games from Spiderman 2, Lego Brawls, and Princess Peach Showtime! No need to sign up, just show up and have some fun!


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Cowabunga Storytime

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Thursday, Jul. 25
Time: 10:15 a.m.

'Adventure Begins at Your Library' this summer, so join us for a special storytime adventure! Chick-Fil-A brings "Tha Cow" to be a special guest at the storytime on July 25. Listen to stories about cows then enjoy a meet-and-greet and take pictures with the Chick-Fil-A Cow afterwards. Please note this program is in place of the regular Thursday Family Storytime.


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Arizona Broadway Theatre presents: 'The Little Mermaid’s Storytime'

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: See below

'Adventure Begins at Your Library' this summer, so join us for an adventure under the sea! Arizona Broadway Theatre presents a special storytime with cast from Disney's The Little Mermaid Musical. Listen to stories read aloud by Ariel (and possibly an animal friend), along with a song from their summer show. Afterwards, enjoy some time for a meet-and-greet!

Locations/Dates/Times:

  • Peoria Main Library - Tuesday, Jul. 23, @ 10:30 a.m.
     
  • Sunrise Mountain Library - Tuesday, Jul. 23, @ 12 p.m.

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Family Trivia Night

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries
Date: See below

Gather your family and friends for an evening of brain-teasing fun! Whether you're a trivia buff or a first timer, everone in welcome. Families will tackle a variety of trivia questions across different categories. From history to pop culture, science to sports, there is something for everyone. Winners will take home prizes that include candy bars and children;s books. But remember, it is not just about winner - it is about having a blast together. Bring your phone as we will be using Kahoot.

Locations/Dates/Times:

  • Peoria Main Library - Thursday, Jul. 25, @ 5 p.m.
     
  • Sunrise Mountain Library - *Special Harry Potter Theme!* - Tuesday, Jul. 30, @ 5 p.m.
Storytimes
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Storytimes @ Your Peoria Libraries

Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

Both libraries offer a number of different storytime opportunities for a variety of audiences, including Family Storytimes, Toddler Times, Baby Storytimes, Sensory-Sensitive Storytimes and much more! Each storytime emphasizes the importance of forming a strong basis of literacy and creating a life-long love of reading.

Discovery Learning
Sunrise Mountain Library
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Ecorobotik Workshops

Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
Dates: See Below

Interested in robotics? Join us as Gabriela Gabaldon from Ecorobotik hosts an Introduction to Robotics workshop, where students will discover what is robotics and its applications. Learners will build a basic electronic circuit and be introduce the usage of Tinkercad. For kids grades 4 - 8. Registration is required as is a parental consent form.

Registration and the consent form can be accessed via the EcoRobotik website at: https://ecorobotik.com/workshops/. See the 'Sunrise Mountain Library' section to register for the individual sessions.

Dates / Times:

  • Wednesday, Jul. 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Robotics Illuminated.

Peoria Main Library
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Ecorobotik Workshops

Library: Peoria Main Library
Dates: See Below

Interested in robotics? Join us as Gabriela Gabaldon from Ecorobotik hosts an Introduction to Robotics workshop, where students will discover what is robotics and its applications. Learners will build a basic electronic circuit and be introduce the usage of Tinkercad. For kids grades 4 - 8. Registration is required as is a parental consent form.

Registration and the consent form can be accessed via the EcoRobotik website at: https://ecorobotik.com/workshops/. See the 'Peoria Main Library' section to register for the individual sessions.

Dates / Times:

  • Tuesday, Jun. 18, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Robotics in Motion.
  • Tuesday, Jul. 16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Robotics Illuminated.

Peoria Main Library
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Sensory Adventures

Library: Peoria Main Library
Date: Mondays and Thursdays
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Parents/guardians, looking for something for the kids to do after school in a nonjudgmental space? Families are invited to join us for various fun and interactive activities every Monday and Thursday starting at 3:30 p.m. All kinds of crafts, STEAM challenges, games, and activities will foster these students' creativity, exploration, and team working skills. All are welcome to these programs, including families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory needs. Activities will vary from session to session. Please call the library at (623) 773-7578 to find out which activity we will be doing that day.
The Peoria Public Libraries are IBCCES Certified Autism Centers.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Jun. 17 - Juneteenth Activity.
  • Jun. 20 - Juneteenth Activity.
  • Jun. 24 - Midsummer Mushrooms.
  • Jun. 27 - Midsummer Mushrooms.

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    Lego Club

    Library: Peoria Main Library
    Day: Fridays
    Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Kick off the weekend with Legos! Let your imagination run wild, or complete one of our challenge prompts. Legos will be provided by the library.

    Since not everyone thrives in loud, high-energy environments, an adapted room will be available in tandem to provide an inviting space for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory needs.


    Sunrise Mountain Library
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    Lego Club

    Library: Sunrise Mountain Library
    Date: The 1st Saturday of the month; Jul. 13, Sept. 3, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 & Dec. 7*, Aug. 3 & Sept. 7
    Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    Join Luke and Brandy Daukas to build some incredible Lego projects. Each month features a new theme to inspire the imagination! Registration is required. For kids ages 6 - 12.

    Announcement:
    July's Lego Club will be on the second Saturday of the month, Jul. 13, at 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


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    PAWS 2 Read @ Your Peoria Libraries

    PAWS 2 Read is an on-going program which allows children to read aloud to therapy dogs in order to improve reading skills. When children practice reading individually to trained therapy dogs (and their handlers) they become more confident readers, while having fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble.

    • Peoria Main Library
      Date: The 3rd Saturday of the Month
      Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
       
    • Sunrise Mountain Library
      Date: The 2nd Saturday of the Month
      Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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    Library: Peoria Main & Sunrise Mountain Libraries

    ABCmouse.com: The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library! From Age of Learning, Inc.

    Family Fun
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    Culture Passes @ Your Peoria Libraries

    Check out a Culture Pass and get free admission for 2 people at one of fourteen popular venues around the valley. Enjoy the arts, museums, performances and more for free! They are available at both The Peoria Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library, cannot be placed on hold and are subject to availability.

    Available at your library's Circulation Desk

    Peoria Public Library hours, closures and events/programs are subject to change.
    Please contact your local Peoria Library with any questions.

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