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Annual Events

January

Amore and More Writing Workshops
It's not all glamour and glitz: romance writing is a serious business. Top-selling romance authors with grit, savvy and style will share their tips for getting it done when the Amore and More series of workshops in January and February.

February

Fiesta de los Vaqueros / Rodeo Days
Look for special events related to the rodeo throughout the month.

March

Tucson Festival of Books
The Library sponsors author events as part of our Nuestras Raíces Literary Arts Festival: Celebrating Mexican-American Authors, Arts & Culture at Tucson's premier book festival. Buy a book from the Friends of the Pima County Public Library or test drive e-readers in the E-Reader Experience pavilion. Activites for kids and teens fill the weekend.
Teen Tech Week
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.

April

El Día de los Niños - El Día de los Libros
A celebration of children, families, and reading. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. Pima County Public Library was a recipient of the Estela and Raúl Mora Award for excellence in Día programming in 2010.
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. Join the library in celebrating poetry with poetry contests and poetry slams.
OneBookAZ
One book, one month, one goal, every April. OneBookAZ encourages communities across the State of Arizona to read the same book and participate in discussion and programs centered on that book during the month of April.
National Library Week
National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

May-July

Summer Reading Program
Join us every summer for summer reading programs for all ages. Discover the joy of reading for fun and win prizes just for reading!
Annual LGBT Author Event
This author event is sponsored by the Library's LGBT Committee. The annual LGBT author event is made possible through generous funding from the Friends of the Pima County Public Library. Past authors include: Susie Bright, Chaz Bono, Michelangelo Signorile, Patrick Califia, Holocaust scholar David Schneer, writer and advice columnist Dan Savage, Alison Bechdel, Alex Sanchez, and Armistead Maupin.

September

Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Join the Library and the American Library Association in celebrating Banned Books Week. Stop by your local library to see a display of books that have been challenged.

October

Día de los Muertos
Welcome back the spirits of the dead. Library programs include creating a beautifully decorated sugar skull.
Fantastic in Word and Image
Authors talk about creating fantasy and scifi worlds and local artists give fantasy art fans an opportunity to enhance their graphic art skills through a series of free workshops. Each year, the Library hosts a Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy Art Contest.
Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) which encourages teens to read poetry, audiobooks, books about music, and more. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

December

Southwest Literature Project
Check out our annual Southwest Books of the Year publication and join us for the Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture each December. Each year the Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture is given by a notable Southwestern author whose body of work reflects the values, landscape, history and culture of the region.
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