Burton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 20https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3137Library6/18/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3137/Newsroom_Libraries_001.jpgBurton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 20<div class="ExternalClass746EA97AB5DB406CA5EA2655BD5B7A47"><html> <p>​ Join us on the 5th Floor of Burton Barr Central Library to celebrate the <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12295942" target="_blank">Summer Solstice </a>on Thursday, June 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  </p> <p> Welcome the first day of summer and the longest day of the year while witnessing the architectural magic of Burton Barr Central Library. Observe the moment when man-made engineering combines with the power of the sun to reveal the moment of solstice. <br></p> <p> Since 1995, it’s been a tradition to welcome guests at Burton Barr Central Library on this special day. Residents leave in awe of the light and community that shines through this building. This year, Phoenix Public Library celebrates milestone markers such as the 90th anniversary of Arizona Room, the 15th anniversary of College Depot, and adding new amenities such as the Bookmobile to our catalog of cornerstone public resources.<br></p> <p> <strong>What to Know: </strong>This year’s commemorative Summer Solstice prints will pay homage to James McClintock and Dorothy McClintock, whose donation made the Arizona Room possible. We will also have special John Milton prints to celebrate the <a href="/newsroom/library/3099" target="_blank">historic treasure recently discovered in the Rare Book Room​</a> and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library will have t-shirts for sale.<br></p> <p> <strong>Activities: </strong>Head to <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12387838" target="_blank">MACH1 to celebrate the Summer Solstice​</a> to create your own solstice sun catcher! Using collaged tissue paper, we'll learn all about light and color and create fun sunlight-catching art pieces for you to hang up on your window at home. This is a walk-in program for children of all ages and their families.<br></p> <p> Music will begin at 11:30 a.m. The solstice presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Summer Reading Adventure Begins at Phoenix Public Library on June 1!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3114Library5/30/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3114/Newsroom_Library_SRP2024_001.jpghttps://youtu.be/Td7ZpSf2Ch8?si=IY8xwGT61-13cEmFSummer Reading Adventure Begins at Phoenix Public Library on June 1!<div class="ExternalClassCB16DA5A9D754EACA0BC9C8B28638A22"><html> <span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:14.6667px;" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​</span><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Phoenix Public Library invites kids, teens, adults and families to sign up for and play the Summer Reading Game, "Adventure Begins at Your Library" June 1 through August 1. <br><br>All those looking for excitement, free prize​s and teleporting to new places through books and interactive activities while staying cool (and it's all for free) can find plenty of adventure at a Phoenix Public Library location this summer.​<br>How to Play:<br></span><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><ul><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><li><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:17.3333px;" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">​</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/programs/summer-reading" target="_blank">Register for the game.</a></span></span></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Free for all ages, everyone in a household can join any time!</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Grab a <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/programs/summer-reading" target="_blank">printable gameboard​</a> (found under “Additional Resources") or in person and/or just play online.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Read at least 20 minutes a day and <a href="https://maricopacountyreads.org/" target="_blank">Log those minutes</a> (points) to earn prizes and to enter grand prize drawings.<br></span></li></span></ul></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;">Just by reading, everyone has the chance to win amazing experiences such as Phoenix Mercury Tickets, Harkins Theatres Family Prize Packs and free state park passes. From​ pop-up mini golf to magic, to Disney princess visits and live reptiles, there is nothing quite like summer reading at your library.Adventure is out there – it begins at a library – and it's all for free! Sign up and join in on an endless amount of fun by visiting <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Library</a> or check out what fun is in store at a <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/programs/summer-reading" target="_blank">local Phoenix Public Library branch​</a>.​</span><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></span></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryVideolibraryLibrary
Historic Treasure Found in Phoenix Public Libraryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3099Library5/15/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3099/Newsroom_Library_MiltonMay2024.pngHistoric Treasure Found in Phoenix Public Library<div class="ExternalClass418C840017E94598B82DDFF6E3F744B7"><html> <p> For centuries, public libraries have played a critical role in communities. A role that evolves and shifts, reflecting the needs of its community. Yet at the same time, public libraries remain timeless and few gathering spaces appear as frequently in an individual's life as the library. Here in Phoenix it's where a child goes for story time and to read their first chapter book. Where an adolescent learns to code and discovers how to get lost in a novel. Where a nervous teenager fills out their college applications. Where adults snag the latest musical album or newest book topping the charts, receive help with their taxes or prep for an interview. Where visitors of all ages can connect with life changing information or find a treasure.<br><br> It is also the place where on a recent March morning global scholars gathered in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr/rare-book-room"> Phoenix Public Library's Rare Book Room at Burton Barr Central Library</a>. The group, hosted and joined by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.asu.edu/"> Arizona State University </a> faculty, looked on with slack-jawed wonder at a 437-year-old book with handwritten notes by author John Milton of “Paradise Lost" fame. Normally, it would take months for scholars to research the handwriting and determine if it was Milton's. But, by ASU faculty leading the charge and inviting four international scholars to join together, the red tape was cut away and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/john-milton-annotated-holinshed-chronicles-commentary/"> history was made</a>.</p> <p>Just a few floors above where local teens sat filling out college applications these scholars identified the handwriting of Milton in an Alfred Knight Collection copy of “Holinshed's Chronicles," dated 1587. Believed to be very popular in its time, “Holinshed's Chronicles" was used as a source for much of Shakespeare's works. It's likely that, at one time, this was John Milton's personal copy of the book and this is only the third book with Milton's notes known to history.</p> <p>It would be hard to overstate the significance of such a find nearly 350 years after Milton's death and at this particular point in time. As debates rage across the nation over the notion of free speech, finding the handwriting and real-time thoughts of one of history's most impassioned defenders of both the freedom of speech and of the press seems like kismet. Even more good fortune, this treasure of a rare book representing a timeless thread is accessible at a public library.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Phoenix City Librarian Announces Retirementhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3046Library3/18/2024 5:35:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3046/Newsroom_Library_01.pngPhoenix City Librarian Announces Retirement<div class="ExternalClass0A34B333ADDE43EAA2E610ABFC8C78F6"><html> <p> ​Rita Hamilton, Phoenix City Librarian has officially announced her retirement in April after serving Phoenix as City Librarian for 13 years.<br></p> <p>Rita has dedicated her entire career to providing quality library services to the public. As Phoenix City Librarian, Rita has continuously focused on improving library services and resources through automation, growth and incorporating advancing technologies. Rita has held various positions in the library profession for almost 50 years. She developed her knowledge and experience through an extensive career of high-profile projects with Pima County Library, Nashville Public Library, and Scottsdale Public Library before her appointment as Phoenix City Librarian in 2011. As Phoenix City Librarian she has directed all library operations at Burton Barr Central Library and 16 branch libraries providing specialized library services College Depot, StartUp PHX, and PHXWorks.<br></p> <p>“This is not a decision I have made lightly; I have been in the library world for some time, beginning as a student volunteer at my high school library," said Rita Hamilton. “It has been my great honor to be part of many of Phoenix Public Library's achievements; especially serving the young readers, families, life-long learners and all those that look to the library for life improving information and resources. I am privileged to have worked alongside the dedicated library staff, fellow City of Phoenix departments, and partner with a wonderful cadre of library stakeholders throughout our community. I am excited to see how Phoenix Public Library will continue to embrace new initiatives, build new libraries, and rise to meet the needs of our communities."</p> <p>"I want to first thank Rita for her leadership these past 13 years in her role as the City Librarian, as well as recognize the positive partnerships that have been developed during her tenure, including the Public Health efforts that were successful as a result of the Phoenix Public Library Team," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Effective March 18, 2024, I have asked Mitch Menchaca<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>, City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Director​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> to help with the transition as the Interim City Librarian while we conduct a national recruitment that will include both internal and external candidates."<br></p> <p>The City of Phoenix and Phoenix Public Library wish Rita a happy and well-deserved retirement. Rita's retirement is effective April 5, 2024, allowing for a seamless transition with Mitch Menchaca. The City of Phoenix will conduct a national recruitment for the next leader in a new chapter of the 125-year Phoenix Public Library story.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Phoenix Public Library to Host Bookmobile Ribbon Cuttinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2995Library1/23/2024 11:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2995/Newsroom_Library_Bookmobile_2024.jpgPhoenix Public Library to Host Bookmobile Ribbon Cutting<div class="ExternalClass48859F2955DF4C3D8DC1A42A9635BC0E"><html> <p>​Phoenix Public Library will unveil its Bookmobile to the public with an official ribbon cutting and Bookmobile “open house.”<br></p> <p>“Our libraries provide crucial support and assistance that improves the quality of life in Phoenix, and our brand-new Bookmobile is another great tool we'll use to meet and serve residents where they are.” says Mayor Kate Gallego, “Soon, Phoenix families will be able to enjoy library amenities directly where they live and work!”<br></p> <p>The Bookmobile, funded as part of City of Phoenix American Rescue Plan Act Community Investment Focus Area, was designed and built by Farber Specialty Vehicles and features a distinctive vehicle wrap. The Bookmobile will be visiting Phoenix communities, outreach events, community partners and neighborhoods beginning in February and is outfitted with approximately 2,500 items for check out featuring a diverse range of authors, genres and age levels, a large print collection; and Seed Library items and Culture Passes. Bookmobile visits will give the community access to Storytime programs, S.T.E.M. activities, Wi-Fi, and signing up for a Phoenix Public Library card. Included is an accessible lift for ADA access and a 20-foot retractable awning to provide shade and shelter for outdoor access and activities.</p> <p>Rita Hamilton, City Librarian, looks forward to reaching more Phoenicians, “I am so pleased Phoenix Public Library will have a bookmobile to provide library services and resources to communities throughout Phoenix. A mobile library will go a long way in extending our resources and services to even more Phoenix residents.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>”​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> <p>Media and members of the community are welcome to join Phoenix Public Library, City of Phoenix leadership, and community partners in participating in the Bookmobile's debut. The ribbon cutting, Bookmobile tours, special crafts and fun library activities will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024, in the eastern portion of Burton Barr Central Library's (1221 N. Central Ave.) parking lot, immediately adjacent to Hance Park. For other programs and activities visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/">phoenixpubliclibrary.org​</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Celebrate Black Voices: Art Exhibithttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2590Library12/8/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2590/Newsroom_LIB_BHM-ArtCall (1).jpgCelebrate Black Voices: Art Exhibit<div class="ExternalClass6C5D3D5C33F646E29CA8D17077BE61F2"><html> <p></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>Phoenix Public Library is hosting its annual virtual art exhibit in February celebrating Black History Month. Young artists in grades K-12 are invited to draw an important person or event celebrating the African American experience. Entries will be displayed in a virtual art gallery on Phoenix Public Library's website and featured on our social media pages. </p> <p>Entries are being excepted now through <strong>5:00 p.m. on January 22, 2023</strong> and may be submitted at any of the 17 Phoenix Public Library locations or by email at <a href="mailto:socialmedialibrary@phoenix.gob" target="_blank">socialmedialibrary@phoenix.go</a>v. For complete rules, library locations and printable submission forms visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/kids" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org/kids</a>. ​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Holidays At Harmon Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2591Library12/8/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2591/Newsroom_LIB_Holidays (003).jpgHolidays At Harmon Park<div class="ExternalClass1A51F54A07954573920A0B3A9CC5A2D9"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>On Saturday, December 17<sup>th</sup> from 9-11 am, celebrate the holidays at Harmon Park located at 1425 S. 5<sup>th</sup> Ave. 85003. Bring the family to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa, attend Storytime with nationally acclaimed local author Stella Pope Duarte or stroll StoryWalk. This program is sponsored by Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix Parks & Recreation and Phoenix Revitalization Corporation. Visit the Phoenix Public Library <a target="_blank" href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/10011815">calendar</a> for further details. ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Celebrate Junie B. Jones Week at Burton Barr Central Libraryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2458Library8/23/2022 6:40:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2458/Newsroom_Library_JunieBJones-Week.jpgCelebrate Junie B. Jones Week at Burton Barr Central Library<div class="ExternalClassA0618AB7F84D46ED9C1456ABEFB47DC5"><html> <p>​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start">​</span>It's back to school ttime and Phoenix Public Library is celebrating with Junie B. Jones Week August 22nd – August 27th. This Saturday August 27th, come play Junie B. Book Bingo from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library</a> for fun, and a chance to win prizes. Every child will receive a free Junie B. Jones book to take home. ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary






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