Become A Library Presenter — Apply by April 25

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The Library contracts with Individuals Organizations Performers Artists and educators The Pima County Public Library issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) and is currently soliciting for presentations, hands-on, workshops, tournaments, and special events. If you or your organization would like to contract with the Library, take three easy steps: 1) Learn more about how to submit […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Author and Comic Artist Adrienne Celt

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Adrienne Celt is currently Writer in Residence at Pima County Public Library. She is also the author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Daughters. Her short fiction has been widely published, including in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner, among many others. She writes and draws a comic at "I got my start as a bookworm with […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Adam Rex

Author Adam Rex

Adam Rex's first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, was published in 2003. His picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Neil Gaiman, and Kate DiCamillo, among many others. "It was a […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Author and Artist Adam Yeater

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Adam Yeater - comic book artist, author, and master of self-publishing - has been an annual guest at MegaMania!! since the olden’ days back in 2011. "I learned so much from going to the library and will forever be grateful for these amazing public institutions that offer free access to knowledge and information. I would not be […]

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It’s mega. It’s mania. It’s MegaMania!! 2016

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MegaMania!! 2016 SATURDAY,  JULY 9  ○  1:00 - 6:00 PM Pima Community College Downtown Campus 1255 N. Stone Avenue (map it)  Happening all day! Cosplay | Show off your costume or make your own. Then take your picture at the drawing wall!! (Amethyst Room) Video Gaming | Have fun playing LittleBigPlanet, Just Dance, Starwhal, and many other […]

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Let ‘er Buck

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Consider the riot of images the Rodeo evokes: Broncs – rearing out of a chute all belly and brass; Bulls – twisting bodies, slinging snot; Cowboys – rolled hat brims pulled low, spurs grazing over a horse’s shoulder. Consider also a slim and elegant Vassar grad with a patrician profile and a Nikon camera turning dust […]

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Civano Community School Student Artwork

The arts are alive and well at Civano Community School! Come down to the Main Library and check out a display of their student artwork on the wooden towers in the first floor café area during the month of December 2015. Saguaro Cactus and Blooms is an acrylic painting on plexiglass that twelve 8th graders worked on […]

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Submit Your Poe-inspired Artwork for 2016 Show

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Are you interested in creating new artwork inspired by Edgar Allan Poe for an art show in April 2016?  Edgar Allan Poe — Poet, author, critic, innovator. Known best as a master of the mysterious and macabre, he has become an American literary icon, and his work continues to captivate and inspire readers, writers and […]

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Calling All Artists

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Are you a visual artist residing in Pima County? Are you interested in exhibiting your work in the Joel D. Valdez Main Library gallery? We get more than 40,000 visitors each month – this level of visibility is unheard of in a regular art gallery. The space is incredibly visible to a vibrant and growing […]

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Book Review: Eight Girls Taking Pictures

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Inspired by the lives of real female photographers from the early 1900s through the seventies, each story in Eight Girls Taking Pictures explores the balance between life and art, the need for personal time and space to create something new. Not just physical space, but mental space, as well, which is difficult to do while […]

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