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Red Mountain Library in Mesa will host a book signing by author Erik J. Ekstrom for his military-based anthology.
July 28, 2014
The Arizona Big Train Operators will bring a plethora of model trains and dioramas for a free exhibit starting July 28.
Teens in Mesa getting ready for the upcoming school year can pick up a few fashion tips at the Mesa Main Library on July 31.
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Gilbert officials are working to build a park in a part of town that currently lacks town-owned recreation options.
July 23, 2014
The beginning of the school year provides opportunities for fresh ideas and positive changes to enhance learning experiences for all children. During the spring and summer, the Kyrene School District Governing Board and district leaders were hard at work considering ideas that would impact the budget for the 2014-15 school year. The final budget approved on July 8 was not only balanced, it also represents an investment in spending for whole-child programs such as art, music, physical education, library, math/literacy coaches who provide support and a change to the start times for Kyrene middle schools. This budget also demonstrates the board’s commitment to invest in one of our most valuable resources — teachers and staff who received a cost of living increase.
The start of each school year is an excellent time to set into place good habits that can lead to a success in the classroom and self-confidence for students. Take the time to write down steps for students — no matter their age — to help guide them as they return to school. Review them as needed. For the younger children, make the steps visible each day. Add picture reminders for students who are not reading yet.
Rejecting arguments the state cannot afford it, a judge has ordered Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-controlled Legislature to come up with an extra $316 million immediately — and potentially $2.9 billion over five years — to make up for aid to schools they illegally withheld.
July 10, 2014
The Chandler Public Library will make the transition to a new catalog system beginning July 23.
July 7, 2014
The Tempe City Council expressed concern over updating food truck regulations allowing vendors to operate on public streets and public property throughout the city during its meeting on June 30.
Mesa’s Red Mountain Library will show free, family-friendly movies every Tuesday in July.
Gameday Futbol at SMG
The Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., will offer patrons the opportunity to purchase books for as little as 50 cents on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We love books — the smell, the feel, the way the paper sounds when you turn the page, but now that we’re the parents of small children, our appreciation has grown much deeper. Unlike electronic entertainment — which seems to be a bewitching source of chaos for little ones — reading brings a level of peace and calm nothing else can touch. With that in mind, we’re always on the lookout for ways to engage our family in the joy of reading, and we’ve found 15 great ways to do that this summer, including everything from library activities, to professional spoken-word performances, to a class on the book-sharing app GoodReads. Here’s our countdown to a high-flying summer of literary fun.
When you read a good book, you want to tell all your friends about it. You could do it the old-fashioned way and call them up on the phone or meet them at a coffee shop, or you could download the app GoodReads and start commenting right now. GoodReads is like Facebook for bibliophiles and allows you to keep track of the books you’ve read, the ones you want to read and the ones your friends are reading. You can download the app for free from the iTunes store or take Mesa Library’s Social Cataloging class on Saturday, June 21, where you’ll learn how to use the app to share your love for books with your friends.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Mesa Public Library Main Branch, 64 E. 1st St. The event is free, but requires registration. (480) 644-3100 or MesaLibrary.org.
The library may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the kids get cabin fever, but based on these library events — which are only a fraction of the programming offered by your local lending institution — there’s plenty of fun, engaging and interactive ways to while away the blazing summer hours. Most libraries have limited space, so be sure to register beforehand to reserve a spot.
Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s
This fun and funky club, targeting kids in grades 3-5, combines math principles with zany activities like “Bouncy Dice Explosion,” “Glow-in-the-dark Geometry” and “Toilet Paper Olympics,” designed to get your tween fired up about the sum of all things.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23. Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Free; registration required. (480) 782-2828 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Rich Ihle Reptile Adventures
Perry Library hosts local snake man Rich Ihle, who brings eight different reptiles from around the world to discuss with the kids. He chats about each reptile, how they live, what they eat and their defense mechanisms. Rich will have a large python that kids can pet, so things could get a little slithery.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000 or Mcldaz.org.
Zoo to You
It’s hard to muster up courage for the zoo when it’s 110 degrees in the shade, but fear not — the Phoenix Zoo is coming to Chandler’s Sunset Library with a free, hands-on educational presentation with live animals. Ticket prices for similar programs at the zoo can run as high as $25 a person, making this event — designed for kids 5 and older — a real bargain. It is expected to fill up quickly, and tickets are required. The free tickets become available at Sunset Library’s info desk Saturday, June 21. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, but families are limited to six tickets per household, so if you need several tickets, plan on picking them up Saturday morning — there’s a good chance tickets will be “sold out” by the end of the day.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Free; pick up your tickets Saturday, June 21. (480) 782-2800 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Magician Eric Giliam
Local magic phenom Eric Giliam showcases his award-winning illusion skills in this all-ages show. Tickets to see this Valley performer run in the $15-$20 range, so don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy a fun, free, kid-centered show by a quality entertainer.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Free; admission is first-come, first-served; doors open 45 minutes before the show. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org
‘The Little Red Hen’
Normally you’d have to drive to downtown Phoenix to catch a puppet show from the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, but this Chandler Library event brings them to you. Kids ages 3-11 will be treated to a sing-along performance about the independently minded chicken who pursues a goal in spite of her flaky friends. The participatory performance will have kids laughing and clapping while teaching them a moral about helping others.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.
Chandler resident Jennifer Downey reads to her kids, Payne, 8, and Lila, 6, at the Chandler Downtown Library on Friday, June 13, 2014.
The Red Mountain Library will host a free memoir-writing workshop on June 28 from 1-3 p.m.