Mesa library events

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.

Lions’ Saturdays of Sight
Red Mountain Library is partnering with the Mesa Fountain of the Suns Lions club to give away free reading glasses. The weekly event runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
‘But I don’t want to study’
Have fun looking at the top excuses given for not studying while learning some great study tips from the former director of the Academic Support Center of the University of Findlay, Donna Smith. Registration is required. The workshop is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the Main Library.
Motivation for you and your characters
The workshop is at 1 p.m. on Sept. 19.   at the Red Mountain Library. Attendees will learn about personal motivation—for themselves and the characters they are creating. By getting to know the characters and their motivations, attendees can create realistic “points of view,” believable characterizations and interesting stories. Seating is limited so register online.
Girl Develop It: Code and Coffee
Bring a laptop and get some help, or just come to chat with other technology-minded women.  Men are welcome as well. The event is at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Red Mountain Library.
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.
Resume Writing for 18-24 year olds
The workshop is at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Main Library. Get noticed and land the job one wants by using the resume writing techniques shared in this workshop. Workshop is being held in the Genesis center in the basement.
Product Photography 101
This workshop is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Red Mountain Library. Learn the basics of shooting and editing product photos for an online store, website or marketing materials. This hands-on workshop will cover DIY backgrounds and lighting, shooting techniques, digital enhancement, and formatting for online or print publishing using low-cost materials and free software.
Build a better resume
Join the Main Library for a short class at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28 to learn what information one absolutely should include in résumés to get the interview. After the class, there will be time for to work on résumés in the Main Library’s computer lab while the résumé coach is available to answer any questions attendees may have. Prerequisites: Attendees must know how to use a keyboard and mouse proficiently as well as have some experience using the Internet.
Girl Develop It: HTML and CSS Demo
Join the Red Mountain Library at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29,for an overview of the two technologies used in nearly every website: HyperText Markup Language and Cascading Style Sheets. Men are welcome as well.
In this Demo, go over creating a web page using HTML, making it look good with some basic CSS, and then publishing that web page out to the internet. Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.
Local artist: Linda Allen
Local artist Linda Allen will be at the Mesa Express Library at 4 p.m. on Sept. 29. Watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media are just three of the forms of artwork that Ms. Allen has mastered. In this meet and greet, one can discuss her paintings, learn how she creates them, and even make arrangements to purchase one of these pieces of art.
Mesa Art League
Paintings by local artists Linda Allen and Wanda Montgomery are on display at the Mesa Express Library through October. Art installments and featured artists, courtesy of the Mesa Art League, change every two months.
Braille Embosser
The city of Mesa announced the arrival of a new Braille embosser available for use at the Mesa Public Library Main Branch, according to a press release.
A Braille embosser can take word text, translate it into Braille and then emboss it on to paper. It can also copy certain text documents. This is a useful tool for those who are visually impaired and require important documents to be readable.
“We also hope that it can be a resource for schools and businesses to be able to provide usable material to those that may have students, colleagues, or customers who are visually impaired,” Mesa Diversity Director, Ruth Giese said
The embosser can emboss up to 100 characters per second, has USB and Ethernet access ports, makes copies and does double-sided printing.
The city of Mesa offers this free service to the community and to be taking more active steps toward providing services to those individuals who may have special ADA needs. Visit the library customer service desk at the library to request it. For library hours visit:
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
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 p.m. 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.
Fiction Folks
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
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
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.
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.
Toddler Time
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.

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