The Main Library is at 64 E. First St.; the Dobson Ranch branch is at 2425 S. Dobson Road; the Red Mountain branch is at 635 N. Power Road; and the Mesa Express Library is in Power Square Mall, 2055 S. Power Road, Suite 1031. All branches are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and are closed on Sunday. Call the library at 480-644-3100.
PlaySpot story time
The Mesa Express Library invites families to join in activities and story time with PlaySpot. Presented by the FamilySpot Resource Center, PlaySpot is a free, family-friendly activity for children ages birth to 5.
PlaySpot will be at the Main Library 10:30 a.m.-noon on the first and third Thursday of each month and the Mesa Express Library on the second and fourth Thursday. Space is limited.
For more information, call 480-644-3100 or visit www.mesalibrary.org.
Bilingual family storytime
Join the Main Library for a lively storytime with stories, finger plays, and songs in both Spanish and English. The bilingual storytime, called Cuentos, will be at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 480-644-3100.
Mad science and more
From 4 to 4:45 p.m. every Wednesday, design and carry out experiments to help learn more about science. Each month, participants will do experiments based on a different theme. Strap on goggles and get ready to have a blast. For all school-aged children. Mad science and more is at the Main Library. For more information, call 480-644-3100.
The Fiction Folks book club meets 2-3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Dobson Ranch branch.
For more information, visit the library event web page at www.mesalibrary.org.
Tuesday morning book club
The Red Mountain Tuesday Morning Book Club meets 10:30 a.m.-noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the Red Mountain branch. Open to the public. For more information, visit www.mesalibrary.org.
Stuff-brary play program
Mesa libraries now offer patrons the ability to check out everyday items. The new program is called the “Stuff-brary” and allows patrons to check out household items, play equipment and more with their Mesa library card or photo ID.
Each library branch will have a croquet set and a Play at the Park kit. The croquet set is complete with balls, mallets, wickets and instructions. The Play at the Park kit contains a variety of sports equipment in a duffle bag to carry to the park.
Items must be returned within one week; no renewals are offered. Late fines are $1 per day.
Novel Approach Book Club
Join the Novel Approach Book Club in discussing mostly general fiction titles 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Red Mountain branch.
Visit the “Ask Here” desk for the current title to be discussed. For more information, call Teresa Becker at 480-644-3100.
Paws 2 Read
Paws 2 Read brings children and registered therapy pets together in a fun and interactive environment where children read aloud to non-judgmental, loving animals.
Paws 2 Read visits libraries in the East Valley and invites children ages 4-14 for a reading session with pets. The goal is to help children enhance their reading and comprehension skills, gain confidence and increase their self-esteem. Along the way, they develop a love of reading and learn about the human-animal bond.
Reading will take place 10:30 a.m.-noon on the first Saturday of each month at the Main Library and 2-3:30 p.m. at the Red Mountain branch.
Mesa Code Club
Children and teens can learn how to code computer games, websites and animations at 3:30 p.m. every Monday in the Main Library Training Room.
No computer or coding experience is needed, and beginners are welcome. Register online by visiting the event page at www.mesalibrary.org.
Weekly story times
Join in an engaging story time with music and fun for babies, toddlers and 3- to 5-year-olds.
Toddler Time is 10:30-10:50 a.m. Wednesdays at the Main Library for ages 24-36 months and their parent/caregiver (siblings welcomed). Join in 20 minutes of stories, songs and finger play fun designed especially for toddlers.
Baby Lapsit is 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays at the Main Library. One child per grown-up lap.
Family Storytime is 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Dobson Ranch branch for children ages 3-5.
Wii games at Red Mountain
The Red Mountain branch hosts “Wii Love Third Saturdays” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Kids ages 4-18 are invited to play Wii and board games together. Call 480-644-3100 for details.
Library bike-lock program
Mesa library users can check out bicycle locks as part of a new program available at all four Mesa locations.
The Mesa Transportation Department worked with Master Lock in obtaining 25 donated steel bike locks for the program, according to a press release. The locks are available at the service desk of each library and can be checked out with a library card or a photo ID.
Patrons may use the locks while they are at the library but must return them to the service desk when leaving, according to a press release.
For more information about the program, call 480-644-3100.
At the Dobson Ranch branch, enjoy stories, songs and fingerplay fun especially for toddlers This storytime is directed at children 24-36 months and their caregivers. Siblings are also welcome. Toddler time is 10:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m. every Thursday.
The Mesa Independent is available in Mesa and Maricopa County