Library calendar of events

The following featured activities are offered by the Glendale Public Library in December. Locations include the Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.; the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.; and the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. All library programs are free. To view more programs and events, or to sign up for a program which requires registration, visit http://bit.ly/gplazevents. For more information, call 623-930-3600.

Main library
5959 W. Brown St. 

Main library ‘all-ages event’
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8
LIBCON West! Get ready to let loose, drop in, and geek out! Glendale Public Library presents its third annual library comic convention. Celebrate all things pop culture, with cosplay, gaming, crafts, stories, authors, artists, trivia, shopping, food trucks, prizes and more at this free, family-friendly event. Libraries have activities for all ages For more information, visit www.libconwest.org.
 
Main library adult
1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1
Christmas Dreams: A My Kids in Sign Performance. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special performance, including sign language and song.

2 to 4 p.m.  Dec.  3 — in Creative Space
*Senior Tech Academy: Computer Basics 101. Learn the parts of a computer, how to use a mouse, and how to navigate a Windows 10 computer desktop and files. Register at the library.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 — in auditorium
“Paddling the Storied Water Your Way: A Farewell Storytelling Concert” with Miss Elly. Elly Reidy tells stories in a conversational style that draws in the listener, inviting them to journey with her on great adventures with dragons and tigers, romantic stories of love lost and found, and amusing tales of personal mishap. She has been a professional storyteller since 1998 and graduated from the South Mountain Storytelling Institute in 2007. She is a three-time member of the Nu Wa Storytelling Delegation to China and a contributing author to the book How to Be a Storyteller, presenting storytelling workshops both locally and at the International School of Beijing. Paddling the Storied Water is her first CD.

Main Library youth
1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 — in auditorium
Christmas Dreams: A My Kids in Sign Performance. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special performance including sign language and song.

10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Dec.  4 — in youth department
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! “You are off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” Come to a preschooler send-off as only we can do it! Miss Elly is retiring after nearly 21 years at the Glendale Public Library. Celebrate with us at this Dr. Seuss-themed par-TAY! Enjoy games, activities and more! In the words of the great Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 — in Storytime Room
Wild Wednesday! Polar Bear Craft. This week’s event is a Crafty Kids Polar Bear Craft! While this first-come, first-served program is designed for children ages 5-11, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Larger groups must bring one adult for every five children that attend.

Foothills Branch Library
19055 N. 57th Ave.

Foothills Branch Library adult
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 — in Hummingbird Room
Winter Craft Series: Cookies in a Jar! Fun, cheerful and jolly! Fill a jar with gingerbread cookie ingredients. Then decorate your jar with festive fabric and ribbon. Great for gifting or for baking yourself! Registration is required.

6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 — in Roadrunner Room
Foothills Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month: High Strung - dulcimers; Hosea - folk and popular.

Foothills Branch Library
teen (ages 12-18)
6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 — in Hummingbird  Room
Kahoot: Libraries Rock! Trivia Night for Teens. Use your smartphone or tablet to answer trivia questions about how Libraries Rock! Don’t have a web-friendly device? Borrow one of the library’s tablets to join in the fun.
Foothills Branch Library youth
4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 — in Hummingbird Room
Kids Kindness Club. This program is geared to kids, ages 7-11, who want to focus their efforts on bringing more kindness into the world. Each month they will complete activities that foster this theme. In December, they will be creating inspiring messages and cards to give to family and friends.

11 a.m.  to 12 p.m. Dec. 12 — Storytime Room
Spectacular Winter Storytime. Join others for some fun winter themed stories followed by a special craft.

4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 — in Hummingbird Room
Maker Mondays: Holiday Science. Develop critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity skills through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities such as science experiments, cardboard construction, robotics, textiles, and more. In December, the library will have three activities for ages 5-11 focusing on the theme of “holiday science.” Please wear play clothes. Registration begins Dec. 1.

11:39 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 31 — in Roadrunner Room
Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party. Kids, ages 1 and up, are invited to join in this fun event. Do 20 minutes of dancing followed by a craft geared to preschoolers, ages 3-5, and a simple snack. Note there will be balloons at the event. Bring your energy and enthusiasm. 

Velma Teague Branch Library
7010 N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301

Velma Teague Branch Library adult

2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6
*Senior Tech Academy: Computer Basics 101. Learn the parts of a computer, how to use a mouse, and how to navigate a Windows 10 computer desktop and files. Please register at the library.

1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22
Arts and Crafts Corner: Snowflake Beaded Ornament. Make a beautiful snowflake ornament using a stainless-steel snowflake form and beads of your choosing. Registration is required.

Velma Teague Branch Library teen (ages 12-18)

Dec. 1 to 31 — in Teen  Zone
Teen Holiday Challenge. For the month of December, stop by our Teen Zone to complete our Holiday Challenge for a small prize (while supplies last) and be entered to win a Grand Prize.

6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6
Teen Craft: DIY Gifts. Come make some sweet, personalized gifts (bookmarks, journals, coasters) for your friends or family. All supplies will be provided.

Velma Teague Branch Library youth

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5
Leap into Science. Preschool-aged children and their families are invited to explore the STEM concept of balance through engaging activities and books in a storytime setting! Leap into Science is a nationwide program engineered by The Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Dec. 10  to 31
Holiday Snowman 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.

4 to 5 p.m. Dec.  13
Getting Crafty with Miss Janet: Paper Plate Snow Globes. 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. This month’s project will be Paper Plate Snow Globes. All supplies will be provided. Thursday

*This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Library and Arts is a division of the Glendale Public Library Community Services Department.
Glendale Public Library is the vital link to our rapidly changing world. Our mission is to empower our community by providing free and equitable access to information, technology, cultural, educational and life enhancing materials and services.
Merideth Jenson-Benjamin
Administrative Librarian, Main Library
Glendale Public Library

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