September — National Free Library Card Sign-up Month

By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Editor

Photo by Carolyn Dryer
Friends of Peoria Public Library President Diane Jordan, Peoria Community Services Director John Sefton, Library Services Manager Nathaniel Washburn, FOL members Mary Wiley-Hale, Kristin Watt, Kathy Jordan and Colleen McElroy stand ready to help Peoria residents obtain their free library cards during September, Free Library Card Sign-up Month.

The mission of the Friends of Peoria Public Library: To inspire a passion for literacy and learning by supporting Peoria’s libraries through financial assistance, program activities and community outreach.
 
In 2020, Peoria Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. At the Sept. 4 City Council meeting, Library Services Manager Nathaniel Washburn and Friends of Peoria Public Library President Diane Jordan gave a presentation about September being National Library Card Sign-up Month.
 
Peoria Libraries and the Friends are joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Free Library Card Sign-up Month.
 
Jordan directed eyes toward the PowerPoint presentation, which listed the benefits of a Peoria library card.
 
Jordan said, “You might be familiar with many of the benefits of library card ownership — from book and media borrowing, to e-book usage, programs, classes and so much more.
 
“Our libraries of today are not the ones we may remember from our past; they have evolved to centers of continuing education and learning. So we now ask, do you have a Peoria library card? If you don’t, it takes less than 10 minutes to stop by and get a card. Just give your branch a call for more information.
 
“If you are an existing cardholder, please tell your friends and neighbors — get them to the library. There are many new residents moving to Peoria; help us get the word out.”
 
Benefits of an “Incredible” city of Peoria library card:
  • Borrowing traditional materials and e-books using OverDrive
  • Preschool story times and children’s STEAM — art and science programs and teen programming
  • Access to special performances and community events
  • Adult computer education, book club, craft club and MakerSpace programs
  • Culture pass – visit local museums for free
  • Access to WiFi and library computers
 
This year, Disney’s “The Incredibles” are honorary chairs of the drive to promote “the incredible” value of library card ownership, Jordan said.
 
Jordan thanked all of the “Incredible” sponsors. Among them, she named Councilmember Jon Edwards and Mayor Pro Tem Vicki Hunt, who have supported the STEAM programming and teacher sponsorships at the library’s book sales.
 
“In closing,” she said, “I would also like to take the time to thank our incredible sponsors listed here:
Dairy Queen
Peoria Sunset Lions Club
Kohl’s Associates in Action Program
Culver’s Restaurant — Deer Valley
NextCare Urgent Care
Legacy Traditional Schools — Peoria
HomeSmart Realty, Yvonne Owens, Realtor
Theater Works
“These incredible sponsors keep our Friends programs free.”
 
As of Sept. 10, there were 16,673 active patrons in the Peoria Library system.
 
Peoria Public Library was established in 1920 by the Senior Woman’s Club and housed in its clubhouse at 83rd Avenue and Washington Street in Washington Park. The first books were obtained by having a “book shower.” The population of Peoria was 200. Maricopa County Free Library also began giving the library books. The library was moved to the Peoria City Complex located at Peoria Avenue and 83rd Drive in 1975. The library was moved to a storefront at 75th Avenue and Cactus Road in 1990. In 1993, the library relocated to its current building on the campus of the city’s municipal complex at 8463 W. Monroe St.; 623-773-7555. 
 
Sunrise Mountain Branch Library is at 21109 N. 98th Ave.; 623-773-8650.
 
Peoria Main Library volunteer opportunity
Peoria Main Library is looking for a couple of outgoing volunteers to oversee a monthly gardening and plant education program to support the library’s new seed library. Adults with a passion for sharing their knowledge about gardening who would like to help the library provide workshops for the public are asked to contact Jill Thomsen at 623-773-7566 or email Jill.Thomsen@peoriaaz.gov.

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