The following events are at Maricopa County Library District’s Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Call 602-652-3000 or go to www.mcldaz.org. The library is open 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; closed Sunday.
‘Star Wars’ droid races
The library is celebrating Star Wars Reads Day with droid races from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room. Can you steer your own BB-8 or Ollie droid through the course faster than the competition? Costumes are welcome but not required.
This is an open event geared for adults, teens and kids age 7 and older. Interested persons may register at www.mcldaz.org for a reminder of the event.
Grow your own vegetables
Learn how to home grow vegetables by attending this class from Master Gardener Yvonne Cooper. The class will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Ms. Cooper will explain what kinds of vegetables can be successfully grown in the local desert climate, what time of year to plant and grow vegetables and tips on how to make a garden successful. Attendees will receive a packet or two of seeds.
Marsha’s Bangles: A story of abuse, escape, and discovery
Author Marsha Marie will visit the library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, to talk about her “Bangles” book series. This discussion deals with sensitive topics as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Only adults and teens will be admitted.
The stories of domestic violence are more than just the shocking statistics seen in the news. In 1992, Ms. Marie made the drastic decision to leave the country and her abusive ex-husband.
She remained a fugitive for more than two decades with her children. Her story was published after her return to the U.S. in the “Bangles” series.
The discussion will take place in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Domestic Violence 101
A discussion about domestic violence will take place 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in conjunction with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Due to the subject matter, this event is open to adults and teens only.
Amanda Servin from Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Phoenix will deconstruct the myths and provide resources and strategies. She will present the facts about domestic violence, including what is it, how to avoid it, how to recognize it and how to support someone who is undergoing domestic violence.
According to a press release, one-quarter of all women and one-seventh of all men will experience severe violence at the hands of a partner during their lives, and 20 people are the victim of intimate partner violence every minute.
This event will take place in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Just4Kids: Spooky origami
The library will present a hauntingly good time for children ages 7-12 when it hosts its spooky origami class 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Learn how to fold spooky bats, cats and slip-in fangs using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Space and supplies limited; registration required by 9 a.m. Oct. 26. For ages 7-12 only. Register at www.mcldaz.org.
Are you afraid of the dark?
Join the library for a spooky storytelling session in the dark with presented Lizzie Matson. This event for school-aged children who are at least 5 years old will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the library conference room.
Children who “survive the dark” will celebrate with pumpkin-decorating and a fun craft. Costumes are highly encouraged.
Registration is required of every person who plans to attend. Register at www.mcldaz.org.