A novel November at the Library!

50 Years!

November kicks off with a bang with Valencia Library's 50th Anniversary Fiesta and keeps going all month long! 

We’ll have música by Las Trillizas y DulceGertie and the T.O. Boyz, and the Ocotillo Ballet Folklórico, plus much more! From the Valencia Library family to yours, thank you for 50 wonderful years! 

Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Valencia Library

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, the Library is hosting a handful of lively and fun events!

  • Musical performances by Vince Redhouse and Gertie & the T.O. Boyz, Tohono O’odham artwork displays, crafts, and vendors.    
    • Thurs, Nov 7, 5:30–7:30 pm, Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd.
  • Library Night Out will feature a screening of the PBS documentary film, The Warrior Tradition. Refreshments will be served.    
    • Wed, Nov 13, 5:30–7:30 pm, Richey Resource Center, 209 N. 15th
  • A fun afternoon of crafts and a musical performance by Gertie & the T.O. Boyz.    
    • Wed, Nov 13, 4–6 pm, Southwest Family Resource Center, 6855 S. Mark Rd.
  • Create your own memory wire jewelry with Vivian Enos.    
    • Sat, Nov 16, 1–2:30 pm, Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St
  • A bookmark weaving class with Jessica Redhouse. This event is limited to 20 people. Please register online.    
    • Sat, Nov 23, 2–4 pm, Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd.
  • Tohono O’odham artwork display featuring work by Phillip Valentine, Adrian Morrow, Joseph Flores, Cassi Antone, Jr., and Jeffrey Antone, Sr.    
    • All month long at Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Rd.

These events are brought to you by Pima County Public Library’s Many Nations Team. Established in 2018, the team has built ongoing partnerships with Native communities in Pima County. In addition to the bi-monthly Library Night Out event, the team has set up Bookmobile stops at the San Xavier Learning Center, the Indian Oasis Elementary School in Sells, and at the Richey Resource Center in Old Pascua. 

Día de Muertos

Don't miss this fascinating read about the history of chocolate. It will get your mouth salivating and give you a historical perspective on one of the world's favorite foods. 

In addition, you can come to the Library to celebrate Día de Muertos at a variety of events before you get in gear for the All Souls Procession.

Transgender Awareness Month

Trans people have all kinds of stories. While it's important to know the tragedies of life as a trans person, it's also important to know the joys. Want to know more? Read these works of fiction and nonfiction by and about trans people.

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Write a Novel in 30 Days during National Novel Writing Month. Your goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. See NaNoWriMo events happening this month. And here are some titles to inspire and educate any budding writers out there.

Write Well this NaNoWriMo

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It's A Start: Books that began during NaNoWriMo

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Circle of Books Author Salon with Kip Stratton

Pima Library Foundation has another of their popular author salon's coming up in November. Register now to meet author Kip Stratton, author of The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film.

Get event details and ticket info here

The Circle of Book Clubs Author Salon series is a fundraiser supporting the Pima Library Foundation, the private philanthropic partner of the Pima County Public Library. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Another great supporter of the Library, Friends of Pima County Public Library, host book sales throughout the year to raise funds for library events and programs.

Members Only Sales are held the weekend before the Community Sale. You can join at the door, starting at just $20 per year! Or plan ahead and become a member and get two weekends of book-buying joy!

Get November's book sale dates here

Art Exhibits

  • Books Unfurled by Kathy Baker-Addy is on display at Joel D. Valdez Main Library. You've never seen art made from books like this before!
  • The PSA Art Awakenings exhibit, also at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, provides expressive arts programs using the healing power of creativity to allow participants to explore feelings and process behavioral health concerns.
  • Oro Valley Public Library has painting Effie Bertolino this month. Stop by and see her beautiful paintings on display.

Holiday Closures

We'll be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day and on November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving.

Want to see more? Visit our Celebrate page to see what's happening this month and throughout the year!