July Queen Creek library events include hip hop dance class, 3-day camp with robotics team

The Queen Creek Branch Library is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)
Come play and learn from Queen Creek High School’s robotics team — the QC DogSquad — July 15-17. (Quintin Bingham)

Use painted rocks to create a cute succulent garden (July 11), attend a beginning level hip hop dance class (July 16) or play and learn from Queen Creek High School’s robotics team with a three-day camp (July 15-17), all at the Queen Creek Branch Library.

The library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sundays and holidays (including July 4). Go to mcldaz.org/custom/branches/queencreek.

Events in July at the library include:

  • AFTER HOURS: 7-8 p.m. Friday, July 5: What happens in the library after the doors are locked for the evening? Find out if you come to After Hours. The first Friday of each month, the library offers a different fun activity. Show up with a date or show up alone. Must be 18 or older to attend. This month, it is Paint a Canvas with the Bob Ross method.
  • BUSY HANDS KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP: 9 a.m. to noon every Friday in July. Come and join for some yarn fun. The group stitches for charities such as Wounded Warrior and Cardon’s Children’s Hospital as well as work on personal projects. They can also help build basic skills. Contact Gwen Hayes for more information at 480-720-5359.
  • PLAYCATION: 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in July. Come to the Library for a “playcation” this summer. Several stations will offer opportunities for you and your child to explore and learn together while exploring your sense of play.
  • TEEN TECH EXPERTS: 3:30-5 p.m. every Wednesday in July. Let our Teen Tech Experts help answer your tech questions. They can help with library downloadable materials, e-mail accounts, smart phones and tablets, social network accounts and MS Office applications. Drop in with your questions and/or device.
  • LET’S “PLAY” MUSIC: 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10. Let’s “play” music is a full musician class designed especially for children ages 1-8. Voice and ear training, note reading, advanced theory, rhythm and piano playing is so much more fun and beneficial when taught through “play.” Learn through activities and games, movement, instrument playing, stories, puppet shows and more.
  • DIY CACTUS ROCKS: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Use painted rocks to create a cute succulent garden — no green thumb necessary. Drop in anytime between 2-3:30 p.m. to paint your own cactus creation.
  • BABY STEPS: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and 31. Join us as we share stories, finger plays, and movement to help baby wiggle, giggle and grow through brain-developing activities. This lap-sit program includes structured play and social time and is limited to babies aged 0 to 20 months with a parent or caregiver. One child per lap (unless twins or triplets).
  • MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Do you love a good mystery? This month it’s Sara Paretsky’s “Fallout.” Set in Kansas, Investigator V.I. Warshawski hunts for a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star. More mysteries and dead bodies are discovered before it’s all over.
  • DOGSQUAD STEM THREE-DAY CAMP: 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16 and 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Ages 8-12. Must plan to attend all three days of the camp. Come play and learn from Queen Creek High School’s robotics team — the QC DogSquad. Kids will be challenged to use logic and creativity to construct a robot that will compete as part of the three-day learning experience.
  • HIP HOP DANCE: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Students ages 11-18 are invited to participate in a beginning level hip hop dance class taught by a local dance instructor. This is an opportunity for teens who are interested in hip hop dance but are not ready to commit to a full series of classes. Check out this dynamic art form. Registration is required.
  • ARIZONA RICK AND HIS BIG BALLOON SHOW: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 18. Arizona Rick — the Magical Balloon Making Cowboy — tells stories, plays games, does a little magic all with the kids and the most incredible balloon creations you have ever seen. And don’t forget The Great Grand Canyon Cannon Ball — that would be him inside a giant balloon.
  • ESCAPE THE LIBRARY: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19. Bring your best sleuthing skills to solve this evening’s puzzles in an attempt to escape certain doom. This is an after-hours lock-in experience, taking place when the library is closed, so, you must arrive between 5:25-5:35 p.m. as that will be the only time a staff member is by the door to let you into the locked library.
  • QC COOKS: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. This lively group of adults meets every month to create and try a new recipe. Please feel free to bring a favorite recipe or kitchen tip to share. Just in time for back to school, they will be making Bento boxes, turning everyday lunches into cute and fun masterpieces

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