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
Century Library Closing For Maintenancehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2432Library8/2/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2432/Newsroom_Library_CenturyLibrary (1).jpgCentury Library Closing For Maintenance<div class="ExternalClass807D2349F3554F1DBE90E7AD80214BA9"><html> <p> <strong>​​Century Library will be closed for maintenance from Monday, August 22 through Sunday, October 2. </strong>Century Library's book drop will <strong>not</strong> be available during this time. For details regarding Century's temporary closure visit <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6a6cf4b516b145930855ea8a9c07fb6d615e907246a4a323fcd2abdbf92c276a">Century Library's Hours and Location </a>page. To discover our other locations for book drops and which location you can temporarily select as your preferred holds pickup location, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?3c52404ba602a90dddf926552293fee34e47bc2547191d0363b1b6ccb9ef605a">Locations & Hours </a>page on <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?184706fa534ff0a91bde6469a04a14497f85ccd912c98871f7f718efbe013c59">phoenixpubliclibrary.org </a></p> <p>Book drops are available 24/7 at all <strong>open</strong> locations. <br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
Business Roadmap Series Returns!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2424Library7/26/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2424/Newsroom_Library_BusinessRoadmap-1.jpgBusiness Roadmap Series Returns!<div class="ExternalClassB99FF91FC5AC49CF8B8373385CE01CC0"><html> <p>​Calling those that are ready to start a business in Phoenix! Phoenix Public Library's StartUpPHX is excited to announce the return of its premiere Business Roadmap Series, offered in both English (Business Roadmap) and Spanish (Mapa Para Su Negocio). An 8-session series, this signature program helps Arizona entrepreneurs with specialized expertise in legal issues, target markets, budgeting, and pricing, setting milestones, and accessing capital.</p> <p>Both Business Roadmap and Mapa Para Su Negocio series start on August 2, 2022 and are being held in person inside StartUpPHX at Burton Barr Central Library. Additional Business Roadmap and Mapa Para Su Negocio series are scheduled to be offered online and at additional Phoenix Public Library locations throughout the fall. Visit <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/calendar/acacia?cid=-1&t=g&d=0000-00-00&cal=-1&ct=55221&inc=0" target="_blank">Business Roadmap/Mapa Para Su Negocio</a> for location, schedule, and registration details.</p> <p>Sign up today because your business starts here, and we are excited to help!<br></p> <p> <em>Registration required. By registering, you are committing to attend all 8 sessions. Capacity is limited. </em><br></p><p>Contact: Lee Franklin, Community Relations Manager, lee.franklin@phoenix.gov</p><p> </p><p> ​<img alt="" class="" style="margin:5px;" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img style="margin:5px;" class="" alt="" />​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img style="margin:5px;" class="" alt="" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><strong>About StartUpPHX:</strong> <br> </p><p>StartUpPHX is a discovery space for business entrepreneurs, combining elements of a co-working space with expert library fact-finding services and resources located on the 2nd floor of Phoenix Public Library's flagship, Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, please visit https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/startupphx or call (602) 262-4636 during business hours.​​<img style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;margin:5px;" class="" alt="" /><img style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;margin:5px;" alt="" class="" /></p><p> <strong>About the Facilitators:</strong> <br> </p><p>​The Compass CBS Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on developing resources to help strengthen a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Arizona. The Foundation's founding board members have been doing economic development work in the state of Arizona since 2011. It's founder, Edgar R. Olivo, helped launch the first version of the Business Roadmap Program in 2014. In 2018, the Compass CBS Foundation was established to continue serving the needs of minority entrepreneurs and bilingual small business owners. Their work in entrepreneur ecosystems, economic recovery efforts, sustainability, and financial readiness programs reach audiences across the country. To learn more about the Compass CBS Foundation, please visit MyBizAZ.com.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary
“hive @ central” is Now StartUpPHXhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/2133Library11/9/2021 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2133/Newsroom_Library_StartUpPHX-2.jpg“hive @ central” is Now StartUpPHX<div class="ExternalClass95B0314964734023B45290814AD84915"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Phoenix Public Library’s hive @ central, an entrepreneurial resource and services program is now StartUpPHX! Providing refreshed programming, resources and networking opportunities to local business creators, StartUpPHX’s mission is to provide free robust services and support for entrepreneurs. Specialized programs such as, “<a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=182557&backTo=List&startDate=2021/11/03&endDate=2021/12/31">Developing a Lean Business Plan,</a>” “<a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=182625&backTo=List&startDate=2021/11/03&endDate=2021/12/03">New Business Startup,</a>” “<a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=182627&backTo=List&startDate=2021/11/03&endDate=2021/12/03">You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know About…Communication</a>” and more, are available for anyone wanting to bring new and local business ideas to fruition. Visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/StartUpPHX">StartUpPHX</a> to learn more.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNewslibraryLibrary






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