May 2019 Glendale Public Library Event and Activity Listings

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – April 17, 2019. The following featured activities are offered by the Glendale Public Library in May. Locations include the Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.), the Foothills Library (19055 N. 57th Ave.), the Velma Teague Library (7010 N. 58th Ave.) and, opening in late spring, the new Heroes Regional Park Library (6075 N. 83rd Ave.). All library programs are free. To view many more programs and events, or to sign up for a program which requires registration, please visit http://bit.ly/gplazevents. For more information, please call 623-930-3600.


5959 W. Brown St. Glendale, AZ 85302


*Writer in Residence: One-on-One Consultation. Register for an appointment with YA science fiction author Amy K. Nichols for expert advice on your writing. Dates and times vary; please visit bit.ly/mainwritermay for details.

ASU Startup School. This six-part series is designed to help entrepreneurs learn how to start and grow a business. This month’s sessions include Stage 3 – Find Your Customer (5/1), Stage 4 – Build Your Product (5/8), Stage 5 – Build a Profitable Company (5/15), and Stage 6 – Grow Your Company (5/22). Registration is required. Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6-7:30 PM. Boardroom.

Hydrate Glendale. This five-part series is designed to help you create a landscape that makes the most out of your water. Sessions include Hydrate Your Yard (5/1), Hydrate Your Plants (5/8), Hydrate Your Food (5/15), Hydrate Your Soils (5/22), and Hydrate with Greywater (5/29). Register at www.watershedmg.org/hydrate. Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6-7:30 PM. Large Meeting Room & Auditorium (5/29 class only).

Glendale Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month, sharing the stage: Eric Douglas – Americana originals; Ryan Biter – pop, Americana, singer/songwriter. Thursday, May 9, 6:30-7:30 PM. Auditorium.

*Artistry Workshop: Found Object Wind Chime. Join Shari Keith, the Junk Lady, to create a unique wind chime from found objects. There will be a treasure trove of noisy metal objects and colorful beads that you will assemble in a way that is pleasing to the eyes as well as to the ears. All materials will be provided. Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30 PM. Creative Space.

*Writer in Residence Workshop: Write Your Memoir One Story at a Time. Learn how to weave your stories into a cohesive account, add depth and details, and outline ways to structure your memoir. Have fun trying new ideas with Writer in Residence Katrina Shawver. Registration is required. Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 PM. Creative Space.

*Writer in Residence Workshop: Writing for the Real World. Good writing can make all the difference when it comes to getting the job, making the sale, or being accepted into college. We’ll discuss good communication skills, as well as practical tips for writing effective emails, letters and essays. Presented by Writer in Residence Amy K. Nichols. Thursday, May 16, 6-8 PM. Creative Space.

*Writer in Residence Workshop: Don’t Cringe! Writing Romantic Scenes. We’ll discuss what makes us swoon and what makes us gag in the stories we read, and how to keep the love scenes we write from ever being cringe-worthy. Presented by Writer in Residence Amy K. Nichols. Registration is required. Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30 PM. Creative Space.

**Live @ the Library: Phoenix Chamber Brass. Phoenix Chamber Brass will offer a thrilling concert of music for brass quintet. Included in this concert will be works by American composers Eric Ewazen, Michael Kamen, and Andrew Thomson. Thursday, May 23, 6:30-7:30 PM. Auditorium.

MAIN LIBRARY TEEN (ages 12-18)

Teen Library Council: Service Night! Join us for a special 2.5 hour service night! We’ll be assembling "sun stress" kits for Glendale homeless individuals and making mats out of repurposed plastic bags. Earn volunteer service hours, have fun, and meet new people, all while helping us make the library a better place for teens. Please bring any necessary volunteer paperwork to the event. Not a teen but want to help? We’re accepting donations of new sunscreen, single-serving electrolyte powders, non-heat-sensitive cereal bars, hand wipes, large-sized flip-flops, bus/light rail one-day passes, and grocery plastic bags. Thank you! Monday, May 6, 5-7:30 PM. Large Meeting Room.

Water Nights! Bring your own towels, wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and join other teens in games of sponge relays, water balloon fights, and other water fun. Monday, May 13, 6-7:30 PM. Large Meeting Room.


Wild Wednesday! Chalk It Up! Join us as we draw beautiful artwork and designs with chalk on the concrete outside the library. While this first-come, first-served program is designed for ages 5-11, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Larger groups must bring one adult for every five children that attend. Wednesday, May 1, 4-5 PM. Storytime Room.

Thanks for the Memories: My Kids in Sign Performance. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special performance including sign language and song. Saturday, May 4, 2-3:30 PM. Auditorium.

Wild Wednesday! Egg Carton Flowers. We supply the materials — kids supply the imagination. Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Create a lovely egg carton bouquet just for that special mom. 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.Wednesday, May 8, 4-5 PM. Storytime Room.

*Wild Wednesday: Meet MCSO Search and Rescue Dogs. Meet MCSO Search and Rescue Volunteer Carmen Davenport and her canine friends, Daisy and Hazel! They’ll be visiting to teach us about the Hug-a-Tree program developed to educate children about basic and vital survival principles. An entertaining video, a cool lesson about a dog’s sense of smell, and a chance to visit with some four-pawed heroes and their handler will be included! This program is presented as part of the Discovery and Exploration Backpack project. Wednesday, May 15, 4-5:30 PM. Large Meeting Room.

Fitness Fun! Get those little bodies up and moving and grooving. We’ll take a small story-break halfway through, then get up to sing and dance some more! This event is presented by the Peoria Unified School District Family Resource Centers. Tuesday, May 28, 6-6:30 PM. Large Meeting Room.


19055 N. 57th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308


*Writer in Residence: One-on-One Consultation. Register for an appointment with author Katrina Shawver for expert advice on your writing. Dates and times vary; please visit bit.ly/fblwritermay for details.

Foothills Coffeehouse. Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month: California musicians Jen Hajj (Americana, folk, and adult contemporary) and Kray VanKirk (folk and light rock). Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Backyard Stargazing. Tony LaConte of Stargazing for Everyone will present a slide show and lecture on exciting upcoming astronomical sights. Following the lecture, join Tony outdoors for hands-on telescope viewing of the night sky. Bring along your camera to take photos through the telescopes! Tuesday, May 7, 7-9 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Writer in Residence Workshop: Ready, Set, Publish! Explore different publishing options and opportunities for getting your writing published, whether it is an essay or full-length novel. Presented by Writer in Residence Katrina Shawver. Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Pick and Holler Square Dance. Dust off your dancing shoes and do-si-do to live old-time music performed by Pick and Holler string band. It’s easy and fun and lessons will be provided. Dances will be called and taught by Tom Giambra. Saturday, May 11, 3-5 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Afternoon Craft Series: Balloon Centerpieces. Learn how to make fun and festive balloon centerpieces for spring parties and celebrations! Presented by Dru Heffiington. Registration is required. Monday, May 13, 1-3 PM. Hummingbird Room.

Drum Circle: Connection and Wellness. No musical experience is required for this fun and interactive drum circle led by trained HealthRhythms facilitator Frank Thompson. All drums and percussion instruments provided. Presented by AARP Arizona. Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.

Over-the-Counter Medications: What to Avoid Over Age 65. As we age, the way our bodies interact with medications becomes more important. Learn which over-the-counter medications are safe and which to avoid. Presented by Danielle Thomas, Pharm.D. of Midwestern University. Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Cooking with Chef Larry: Fast Food Fifties. Take a trip down Memory Lane with recipes for appetizers, mains and desserts that were popular back when a gallon of milk only cost 82 cents! Presented by Certified Culinary Educator Larry Canepa. Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.

*Meadowlark: Nature, Music, and Songwriting. Enjoy Meadowlark’s captivating music on fingerstyle guitar, flutes and Irish whistles, as you participate in this interactive program on nature and songwriting. Wednesday, May 29, 6-8 PM. Roadrunner Room.


Spotlight Youth Theatre: Favorite Broadway Song and Dance. Enjoy a lively performance by Spotlight Youth Theatre’s Sparkles, Confetti, and Celebration performing arts troupes featuring kids, ages 5-14. Saturday, May 4, 11 AM-12 PM. Roadrunner Room.

Flowers for Mom Process Art. Children, ages 3-5, are invited for a fun hour of process art. We will be making a variety of flower and garden-related crafts. Come dressed to get a little messed. Families will be leaving with 3-4 projects, some of which will be paintings. Younger siblings (between ages 2 and 3) are welcome to attend, but the activities may be not be developmentally appropriate for their age or skill level. Registration is required. Thursday, May 9, 11 AM-12 PM. Roadrunner Room.

**Childsplay Theatre Presents: Maddi’s Fridge. Make sure to attend this live theater performance! Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this heartwarming and humorous play teaches us what it means to be a good friend and how to let honesty, empathy, and laughter help us help one another. Recommended for grades K-6, but audience members of all ages are welcome. Please note: The library lobby will open at 10:45 AM for seating, while the library opens at noon. Saturday, May 18, 11 AM-12 PM. Roadrunner Room.


7010 N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301


Free Comic Book Day @ the Library with Drawn to Comics! Enjoy local artists, community family activities, cosplay, pop culture musicians and, of course, free comics galore! Activities will take place inside the library, outside in Murphy Park, and at the Drawn to Comics store located across the street (5801 W. Glendale Ave.). Saturday, May 4, 11 AM-5 PM.


Brown Bag Booktalk. Looking for something good to read? You bring your lunch; we’ll bring the coffee and some fresh-brewed book recommendations. Feel free to bring a book to share with the group. Browse previous booklists at bit.ly/gplbrown. Thursday, May 2, 1:15-2:30 PM.

*Learn How to Draw with Charcoal. Maygin Wheatley, an artist raised in Glendale, will give you the tools and techniques you need to work in charcoal comfortably to create any piece you want. This program is part of Drop-in Fridays for Seniors. Friday, May 3 & 10, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM.

*Learn about the SilverSneakers Program for Seniors. Michelle Wagher from SilverSneakers will lead a demonstration class to show seniors what the program is about. Their classes are designed to increase muscle strength and range of movement and improve activities for daily living. Movements can be modified to meet individual fitness levels. She will be assisted by Rentha Person, who can answer your questions about Medicare and health insurance. This program is part of Drop-in Fridays for Seniors. Friday, May 17, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM.

*Arts and Crafts Corner: Stacking Bracelets. Join one of our favorite crafters, Katie Crow, as she shows us how to create stacking bracelets. Registration is required. Saturday, May 18, 1-4 PM.

*Hiking Opportunities in and around Phoenix. Charles Liu, a.k.a. "the Mad Hiker," will share his favorite hikes in and around Phoenix. He is the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix, including Scottsdale, Glendale, and Mesa, featured in the library’s Discovery and Exploration backpacks. Monday, May 20, 6:30-7:45 PM.


Teen Craft: Candy Hamburgers and Crafts! May is National Hamburger Month! Celebrate by creating hamburgers out of candy and cookies. We’ll also have some fun crafts to do. All supplies provided. Registration is required. Saturday, May 11, 1-3 PM.


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! May will feature bluegrass with Natalie Andrews (5/16) and musical theater with Cynthia Elek (5/30). Free for all ages, including small children, siblings, and parents/caregivers. Thursday, May 16 & 30, 6:30-7:30 PM.

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. Guitars will be provided during the classes, but are not available to take home. Week to week attendance is highly suggested. Registration is required. Wednesday, May 22 & 29; June 5, 12, 19 & 26; July 3 & 10, 4-5 PM.

Getting Crafty with Miss Janet: Craft Mania! 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. Thursday, May 23, 4-5 PM.


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