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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.
Teen summer orientation
Teens ages 14-18 interested in participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program must attend a mandatory orientation sessions: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 21.
Teens must fill out an application form and bring it with them to the orientation. Applications can be found online at www.mcldaz.org, or at the library main desk. Volunteer opportunities include working at the Summer Reading desk, shelving library materials and straightening the library and assisting with children’s events.
Only a limited number of volunteer positions are available. The applications, availability and performance in the orientation will be considered in making final volunteer selections. For more information, call the library at 602-652-3000.
Book and film fest
On Wednesday, May 27, the library will start its “summer of heros” with the story of “Unbroken” about a young man who journeys from an athlete to an Olympian, and from a soldier to a war hero. The book and film fest is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the movie will be a discussion of the book and movie, at 12:20 p.m. The movie is rated PG-13.
Summer Reading Kickoff
Children are invited to the Summer Reading Program Kickoff event with Superman, Merida, Batman and Wonder Woman 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. The four superheroes will set out to give kids of all ages an elite superhero training, including archery practice and obstacle course navigation. Face painting and crafts will also be available. This program will be an open house and registration is not required.
Teen Filmmaking Camp  
The library will be hosting a five-week summer camp, 2-3:30 p.m. every Monday during the month of June, for teens ages 13-18. The camp will teach students the steps of making your own original five-minute film. Registration and commitment for the full month is required. For more information visit www.mcldaz.org
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.
Toddler Time
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
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.
Book Bunch+Munch
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. This month participants will read “Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger. 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.
Preschool Storytime
From 10:30-11 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
Let’s Play Music
The library will be hosting a music-based storytime that emphasizes total musicianship through piano playing, singing, classical music, note reading and ear training. Children are invited to play music at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Patrons will jump, sing, skip, storytell, laugh and bond all while transforming into a musician. Recommended for ages 4-6.

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