Summertime in Tucson: Beat the heat with a cool read!

A message from our Friends (of the Library, that is)! You're invited to celebrate Summer Reading with the Friends of the Pima County Public Library at our Mini Community Book Sale May 27–29! Adventures await in our incredible selection! Young book lovers will be captivated by bright board books, while beginning readers will discover new […]

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A Peek Inside a Picture Book

A picture book can uncover something magical. It can draw us into a new world and change the way we view our own. A subtle brush stroke that speaks volumes; the intricate and obscure details that reveal depths of character and setting; the playful colors of lights and darks that bemuse the eyes and mesmerize […]

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Build a Better World This Summer!

Summer Reading Saturday, May 20 - Saturday, July 15 En español Summer Reading at a Glance Event When Where Summer Reading starts Saturday, May 20 All libraries Family Fiesta Saturday, May 20, 7-9pm Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road Free book giveaway for children and teens Starting Tuesday, May 30 All libraries, […]

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Christian Robinson’s Illustrations Have Character!

Christian Robinson became one of my favorite illustrators when I was first introduced to Gaston, a picture book written by Kelly DiPucchio.  (Find him in our catalog | author website | Instagram) Gaston tells the story of a French Bulldog who isn't quite sure if he fits in with his French Poodle family. Robinson's illustrations capture the adorable antics of Gaston and his […]

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Storytimes Everywhere!

Storytimes are a fun way to introduce children to the library and foster in them a love of books and reading.  But did you know the library isn't the only place that offers storytimes? You can find a storytime practically any day of the week here in the Old Pueblo (except maybe Sundays...). Sing, Dance, […]

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Rainbow Storytime: Where Diversity Thrives and Cows Climb Trees!?!

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month in June, the library’s LGBT Services Committee is presenting Rainbow Storytime.  We invite the community to join us to share stories of diversity, love and friendship, and all the colors of the rainbow!  Join us at Joel D. Valdez Main Library on Friday, June 10 from 2:00-3:00pm. We will be […]

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Share the Love of Reading at Rainbow Storytime!

It’s February, when we celebrate Love of Reading, and it’s time for Rainbow Storytime again!  Here are five of my favorite children’s book authors whose books have made many appearances at Rainbow Storytime.  They consistently impress me with their engaging and endearing storytelling skills which encourage childhood literacy and inspire a lifelong love of reading. […]

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The Best Books of 2015, A List of Lists

This time of year there is an abundance of "best books" lists on all kinds of topics. Whether you're looking for yourself or buying for a friend, you should find some treasures here. What was the best book YOU read this year? You're invited to join our new book catalog, and comment on your favorites with your reviews. Last update: […]

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Online Resources for Kids

We see lots of children in our libraries. They are getting library books to take home, or going to storytimes and other events. But sometimes, they or their parents can’t make it into the library, or the book they really want is checked out. E-Library to the rescue! A lot of people only think of […]

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