Poetry in the wild!

The sidewalk reads: "The new words are ancient in your hands moist new meaning." --Victor Hernández Cruz What is the group quietly chalking thoughtful poetry around town? They are the Urban Poetry Pollinators, and they invite anyone to come make sidewalks into poems.  You can join them this week at the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, […]

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Bordando por la paz y la memoria: Embroidering for peace and for memory

This August the Joel D. Valdez Main Library is honored to display a project that remembers people killed in Mexico during the War on Drugs. Our library display was curated by local artist Hank Tusinski (his statement is provided below, after the handkerchief instructions). Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria is made up of groups […]

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Celebrating our bat-heroes

Not the human caped crusaders, we are talking the furry ones: Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. They live here in Pima County and throughout the western United States during the warm months, and spend the winter in Mexico. Bats. From the Campbell Ave. Bridge over the Rillito. Monsoon brings bugs. Bats follow. Mexican free-tail bats are common […]

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Flying our flag

How many of you fly the flag at home? At the library we fly them every day. Every sunny morning we unfold the American and Arizona flags and run them up the pole, and we take them down every day around sunset, then fold them carefully. If you were a boy or girl scout, were in […]

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Pokémania 101

Or, a Guide for the Perplexed. In 10 days the Pokémon GO game, one of the first to take place in real space, has gone from rumors to ubiquity. It's been breathtaking to see how quickly the game has captured the attention of young and old alike. It's easy to make fun of something so […]

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A Plethora of Potter

All of a sudden Harry Potter news is EVERYwhere! Here's a summary of what's up. [This post contains no spoilers that Rowling herself hasn't shared.] Potter party at Himmel Park Library, make yer own wizard book, and Potter astronomy EDIT: Please note that the harry Potter party at Himmel Library has been moved back a day to […]

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More honors for “My Tata’s Remedies!”

Let's all have some mint tea to celebrate: local children’s author Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford just told us that her book My Tata's Remedies = Los Remedios De Mi Tata has been selected by the Arizona State Library's Arizona Center for the Book as their next Great Read for Arizona, representing our state at the National Book Festival this September! Los […]

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