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Demon foods, poetry, science and wild, crazy fun at Tempe Public Library

Free July activities for every age

Post Date:06/19/2014 6:00 AM

TEMPE, ARIZ - Cool down with awesome activities this month at Tempe Public Library. There's something for every age and best of all, everything is free. In fact, both kids and adults can win prizes for being part of the Summer Reading Program. Check out this list, which is sectioned by adults, teens and kids to make it easy to find age-appropriate fun. 

From amazing authors to NASA scientists, Tempe Public Library creates free opportunities for everyone to discover the world in a fun, safe way. Visit us at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, call 480 350-5500, online or find us on Facebook.     

For Everyone

Steve Kates Dr Sky webExplore space with NASA's Dr. Sky

NASA Solar System Educator Steven Kates, also known as Dr. Sky, brings outer space inside the Tempe Public Library at 6:30 p.m., July 1. 

Dr. Sky will show guests how best to use telescopes and binoculars, find great locations to observe the sky, offer beginner’s tips on star charts and telescopes and teach people how to identify the major planets, stars and satellites. The program is free and appropriate for adults and older children. No registration is required. More details

To Infinity and Beyond! Tech Fair at Tempe Public Library
rolf and daughter webWhether you are thrilled or confused by technology, the Tempe Public Library will have something to interest everyone at its Tech Fair from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Try out a variety of eReaders and tablets, learn about the library’s ebook and audiobook collections and get an overview of popular websites. Find out how 3-D printing works and see what’s under the lid of a computer. To make the day even more fun, there will be storytime and arts and crafts for the kids. Enter to win a Kindle Fire and other prizes. It’s free, great for the whole family and no registration is required.  

Check out a Culture Pass and save on fun
car webGet in the car and drive! Library cardholders can check out a Culture Pass for free admission for two people at participating arts and cultural institutions, such as the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum. Passes are available on a first come, first served basis. 

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Universal class offers free, universal knowledge

Learn how to plan a wedding, install solar panels, balance books for a business and more through Universal Class. Beyond enjoying hundreds of free classes specializing in practical knowledge, adults and teens who take a universal class this summer can enter a special drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

For Adults and Teens
rios webArizona’s Poet Laureate reads at Tempe Public Library
Alberto Rios, Arizona’s first official poet laureate, comes to the Tempe Public Library at 6 p.m. on June 24 to read his works. Rios is a professor at Arizona State University. His poetry also circles Tempe Town Lake as part of the Words Over Water public art.  The program is free and appropriate for adults and teens. No registration is required. Details

Save us from those ‘Demon Foods’
Chef webExorcise those demon foods out of your diet with the help of Chef Larry P. Canepa, a Certified Culinary Educator. Canepa will discuss what he calls demon foods, as well as the current crazes, diets, fads, fact and fiction of food at the Tempe Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. 

Take a look back at the foods of yesteryear and the fantastic foods of the future. We are what we eat and knowledge allows us to make good nutritional choices. The program is best for those over 18. It’s free and no registration is required. Check out other programs

Monsters, Mystery and the Supernatural
Things go bump in the night and these people like to write about them. Meet three up and coming local authors: Josh Ryan Erwin, Justin Guleserian and Ray Torres III. They will take you on an adventure full of intrigue, danger, mystery and monsters, don't forget the monsters! The event takes place on July 23, at 6 p.m.  There is no registration required and it is free. Boo!  

WWI Centennial Series
Tempe History Museum and Tempe Public Library have partnered for a series of discussions on significant events that took place during WWI. Listen to information about The Great Influenza Pandemic at 6:30 p.m.,  July 24, at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. This discussion is free; no pre-registration is required. It is best-suited for adults and older teens. 

Book Clubs
Tempe Public Library offers several book clubs that meet regularly. Find new friends who love books as much as you do. Have a cup of coffee and relax. 

For Teens

Take part in Teen Time at Tempe Public Library
Teens ages 13-18 come together every other Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. for a movie and an activity. From 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, they battle for bragging rights on wall-sized video games with Game On. It’s free and no registration is required. Tempe Public Library is located at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Details at Find Tempe Public Library on Facebook at  480 350-5500

June 24, 2-5 p.m. 
Movie: Eight Legged Freaks
Craft: Turn an old T-shirt into a Shopping Bag

July 8, 2-5 p.m.  
Movie: Adventures in Babysitting 
Craft: Make Your Own Flair

July 22, 2-5 p.m. 
Movie:  A Knight’s Tale     
Craft: Craft a Catapult; Fight in the Marshmallow Wars! 

Game On Videogaming
July 2, 9, 16 and 23, 4 p.m. 

For Kids
Summer at Tempe Public Library: So much fun your kids won’t notice they’re learning
Keep your kids active, happy and learning all summer long with the Summer Reading Program at the Tempe Public Library. Make crafts and enjoy kid-friendly entertainment every Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Each week is different so come back every Thursday. It’s free, great for the whole family and no registration is required.

Thursday Totally Tempe events every Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
June 26 - Ronald McDonald: Literacy and Manners
Interactive skits, music and clowning around
July 3 - Reptile Adventures
Rich Ihle brings reptiles from around the world. Learn how they live, what they eat and how they defend themselves. Are you brave enough to touch the python?
July 10 - Tempe Police Department K9 Unit
Meet the members of the Tempe Police Department’s K9 Unit.
July 17 - Mother Goose
Mother Goose uses the story of the Gingerbread Man and magic tricks to demonstrate how science and correct measurements can make a yummy treat.
July 24 - Mad Science: Fire and Ice
The Mad Scientist will use simple but exciting science experiments and demonstrations to display the discovery process of science.  
Special July 26 event: Learn about martial arts from the Dignity Kids. Watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with us first to get ready for the action. 

storytime okay webHappily ever after: Storytime keeps everyone happy
Storytime at the Tempe Public Library is like Disneyland: it's the happiest place on earth. It's free and fun and full of fast-paced songs, dances and stories. Each week hosts the following storytimes: 10 a.m. Baby storytime, 11 a.m. family storytime, 3:30 p.m. Afternoon for Everyone Storytime. 

Storytime Schedule:
July 2, 6:30 p.m. Special Pajama Storytime. 
Bring the kids in their pjs and get them ready for sweet dreams
July 8: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
July 9: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 10: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 15: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
July 16: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 17: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 22: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
July 23: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 24: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 26, 10:30 a.m.: Special Saturday Storytime that is appropriate for all ages
July 29: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
July 30: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
July 31: 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

About the Tempe Public Library
The Tempe Public Library receives more than 750,000 visitors each year and has one of the country’s largest children’s programs. Beyond storytime and book clubs, the library offers a relaxing café, computer classes, classes for using e-readers, author visits and a variety of programs relevant to your life. Discover more about the Tempe Public Library at or visit at 3500 S. Rural Road.  





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