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Library News January 15

Both Branches of the library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2018.


Indigenous People Documentary Series- Hopi Pottery: A Handmade Heritage

The Indigenous People Documentary Series runs through March and shows documentaries on the Indigenous People of Arizona.  Next week’s documentary “Hopi Pottery: A Handmade Heritage” gives an accounting of the Hopi cultural history, aerial photography of the Hopi villages and mesas, and a demonstration of traditional pottery making.  Beverages and, of course, popcorn will be served. Join us at the Main Library Today, January 16 at 1:30 p.m.


Kindle Fire

This class covers the basics of using your Kindle Fire (it doesn’t cover the black and white Kindle). App management, how it is organized, the control panel, and the settings are some of the topics covered.  A registered Kindle Fire is required for the class.Wednesday, January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Apps for You

This class covers many of the popular apps that are available on Android, iPhone/iPad, and Windows devices.  Smart tablets or smartphones highly recommended for the class. At the Main Library Thursday,

January 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Adult Beginning Knitting Class   

It’s back! Join Ms. Donna in Beginning Knitting, a two-week class. She will show you how to hold the needles and walk you through the basic stitches via a creating fingerless gloves project. A great class for anybody who has always wanted to learn. Thursday, January 18 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Space is limited,  call 520-421-8652 to register.


INKLINGS Writers’ Group

Vista Grande’s adult writers’ group INKLINGS will be meeting this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. This is a community critique group; all aspiring writers are encouraged to attend.


Tech Help – Fridays at Vista Grande Library

Library staff will answer questions about your device, loading ebooks, apps, music, and solving those annoying little problems that we all have from time to time! You must bring your own device. Drop in on Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


ESL Classes

Both Main and Vista Grande branches offer free English as a second language class. Registration is not required. Days and times are:

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Vista Grande Library

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Main

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursdays at Main to practice pronunciation


Preschool Storytime at Main

Join Youth Librarian, Ms. Julie, as we read books, sing songs, and do activities each week based on a fun theme. Storytime will be followed by either a simple craft or a snack each week.  Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.


Art Class for Kids

Join Mr. David in the Makerspace at the Vista Grande Library for an art class featuring  Tie Dye and Spin Art. Today from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.


Storytime at Vista Grande

Join Mr. David for stories, rhymes, songs and educational play; Storytime will be followed by a puppet show. Preschool Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Toddler Storytime begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.


MyPlate Family Wellness Class

Join the U of A for MyPlate, a family wellness class that focuses on nutrition, meal planning, and healthy eating. Wednesdays in January at the Vista Grande Library from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Tween Gaming at Vista Grande

The Vista Grande Public Library offers Tween Gaming with a variety of video games and board games. The program meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parents are required for children under the age of 12.


Afterschool Gaming at Main

Bring your kids down to the Main Library after school each Thursday from 3:45-4: 45 pm for a variety of age-appropriate video games, science kits, puzzles, and more!


Sci-tech Club at Vista Grande

Join Mr. Jacob for a robotics, technology, and coding club after school on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.  Program is intended for children ages 7 to 12. Parents must be present in the library for children under the age of 12.


Yoga for Kids at Main

There is no better way to engage your child than through the simple practice of yoga. Yoga can help your three to five-year-old child have fewer tantrums, better sleep, increased motor coordination, improved ability to follow directions and easier relaxation. Join us for a very basic 30-minute yoga class. Mats will be provided for the children. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Class begins promptly at 9:15 am.


First Things First Fun Van

The Fun Van is a FREE program for parents/grandparents/caregivers and accompanying children ages 0-5 years old.  This program can foster a love of books by developing a habit of reading with your child from a variety of quality literature you borrow and return each week. It also teaches parents reading strategies to expand their child’s thinking and promotes language and literacy development. Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Vista Grande Library and at the Main Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Library Buddies at Main

Join us for our morning playgroup on Mondays from 10:00 – 11:00 am. We will be sharing picture books on NOOK eReaders, playing with Brain Boxes, cars, Play-Doh, blocks, etc. Simple snack provided for kids.


Children’s Massage Class at Vista

This new program with a licensed massage therapist, Cynthia Crockett, will incorporate simple stories and teach how a basic massage can help your child relax and prepare to learn. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, or for more information, please call 520-421-8652. Mondays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Vista Grande Library.


The Lounge for Teens at Vista Grande

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Casa Grande Valley, a teen afterschool program is offered at the Vista Grande Library Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. for all high school students.

Tuesdays feature a trivia challenge. Wednesdays offer a Writer’s Club. On Thursdays, teen gaming tournaments are held.

Teen Robotics Class

Are you interested in Robotics? Come to the Vista Grande Library and get your hands on parts to create your own robot! Space is limited so sign up today by calling 520-421-8652 ext. 5019. The class is open to 6th  graders through 12th graders. Wednesday, January 17th and 24th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale              

The Friends of the Library have a tremendous assortment of Books, Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, LPs plus Vintage and Contemporary Comics all available at great prices. The book sale will be held this week at the Women’s Club of Casa Grande, 401 N Sacaton St.

Days and Times:

Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $6.00 Bag Day(they  provide the bag)


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