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 8 a.m.- p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; Sunday.
Registration under way for steel-drum summer concert
The Queen Creek Branch Library will transform its Zane Grey Community Room into an island paradise for its summer concert, which will take place 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.
This musical event is intended for adults. Parents who would like to bring children should be aware that attendees will be seated for 90 minutes.
Music will be provided by Steelin’ the Night Away, a Phoenix-based, all-female steel drum band. The band’s music repertoire consists of traditional calypso and Caribbean music favorites, light rock classics, golden oldies and beach/surf tunes from the 1960s. This will be a fun, educational and interactive concert.
Registration is recommended to provide the library with a seating count. If people need to cancel their registration, they must provide a 24-hour cancellation notice to allow people on a waiting list to attend.
To register online, visit the branch’s calendar at http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp and click on this event.
Town participates in the summer reading program
There is still time to participate in the Queen Creek Branch Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, which is open to kids ages 5-11.
Through Aug. 1, the town of Queen Creek is offering two community experiences to add to the activities.
Participants earn points for reading, attending special library events, competing in challenges, and participating in community experiences.
The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department will be helping kids learn about drowning prevention with their experience, and the Queen Creek Recreation Division will be encouraging youths to learn more about the Queen Creek community with their experience.
Details about these particular parts of the program are available online at www.queencreek.org/Community/Library.
Once participants log 250 points they will receive a free gift card, while supplies last. When they log 500 points, they will receive a free book from the online marketplace.
‘Let’s play’ and learn with music for youngsters
A musical event for children ages 4-7 will take place 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
“Let’s Play Music” is a storytime designed to emphasize total musicianship, piano, singing, note-reading, ear-training, classical music puppet shows, dancing and more.
Advanced music skills and theory are all taught through age appropriate methods and through the simple act of playing.
Monthly Maker Meetup
Join Eric Ose the Robot Ambassador for maker activities from 5-7 p.m. This recurring event is the first Thursday every month. The program is STEAM focused with electronics, robotics, arts/crafts, science and more. This is a HeatSync Labs outreach event.
The August topic is “Exploding Capacitors.” Using a special acrylic box, participants will be able to safely watch different types of capacitors explode. By adjusting the voltage beyond the rated power, class members will get to see how they handle. They also will make their own basic capacitors and test how much capacitance they have. This event is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up and adults.
Read for 20 minutes with a teen Reading Buddy 9 a.m to 1 p.m every Wednesday and get extra points and a special badge to add along with your reading minutes to one’s Summer Reading Program log. Kids can read to the teen Reading Buddy or the teen Reading Buddy can read to the kids.
Paws 2 Read
Children ages 5 and older can sign up for Paws 2 Read and read a book to a special library dog who loves stories 10:30 a.m.-noon on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Paws 2 Read allows children to read to certified therapy animals, teaching the children patience, confidence and reading skills in a fun, interactive and non-judgmental environment.
Students must sign up for a 15-minute time slot on the day of the event at the main desk.
Play on the Go
Play on the Go is a story time for ages birth to 5 years old, hands-on activities for parents and children, and take-home activities are presented by Family Spot Resource Center. Play on the Go is from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Zuleika at 480-489-5773.
Teen Tech Experts
Let library Teen Tech Experts help answer tech questions 1-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 2-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. They can help with library downloadable materials, e-mail accounts, smart phones and tablets, social network accounts and MS Office applications. Drop in with questions and/or a device.
Busy Hands Knit and Crochet
Library guests can attend a knitting and crocheting group at 9 a.m. every Thursday in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Participants stitch for charities such as Wounded Warrior and Cardon Children’s Hospital and work on personal projects.
For more details, visit www.mcldaz.org.
Toddler Time is held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. This storytime is designed specifically for children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregiver. Come ready to sing, move, listen and play along in this age appropriate program focused on their unique developmental stage. Tickets will be available in the library beginning at 11:15 am on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be limited to 50 total participants. For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
Baby Steps is held throughout the month 9:30-10 a.m., on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is for kids ages 0-20 months with parent or caregiver.
Join as we share stories, finger plays and movement activities, brain-development activities, structured play and social time. One child per lap (unless twins or triplets). Note: Tuesday’s Baby Steps is a duplicate of Wednesday’s Baby Steps. For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
Queen Creek library’s brand new book club for middle school and junior high students, grades fifth through eighth, will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Join for snacks and book talks about the Grand Canyon Award nominees. Available in book and e-audio book formats. Copies of the book are available to check out at the desk. Registration is required. Book Bunch + Munch will meet in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday children ages 3-6 can join in for stories, songs, rhymes, games, dancing, finger plays, and crafts. Bring listening ears, inside voices, and imaginations. Tickets are required for this event and are distributed at 10:15 a.m. in the library lobby. Participants are limited to 50, including parents. For more information, visit www.mcldaz.org
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