Storyteller Enrique Feldman to visit Yuma County Libraries April 30th

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Celebrate Día del Niño and Día del Libro at Yuma County Libraries! On Thursday, April 30th, storyteller and educator Enrique Feldman will host interactive story times for families at the Main, Somerton, and San Luis Libraries. There is no charge to attend.

Enrique Feldman, a two-time Grammy-nominated composer and artist, is the founder and director of education of the Fostering Arts-Mind Education Foundation and the director of Evolved Learning Conferences. Enrique guides and delivers the educational service of over 4,000 at-risk children and families.

Thursday, April 30th @ 10:00 a.m.
Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive, Yuma AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (Meeting Rooms A-B-C).

Thursday, April 30th @ 1:00 p.m.
Somerton Library, 240 Canal Street, Somerton AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Mi Abuelo el Luchador (“My Grandfather the Wrestler”) by Antonio Ramos Revillas (Multipurpose Room).

Thursday, April 30th @ 4:00 p.m.
San Luis Library, 1075 N 6th Avenue, San Luis AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Mi Abuelo el Luchador (“My Grandfather the Wrestler”) by Antonio Ramos Revillas (Room B-C).

Please note, the programs at Somerton and San Luis will be primarily in Spanish, but translation will be available.

For more information, call Alex Garcia, Spanish Outreach Coordinator, at (928) 373-6481.

Summer Reading Program 2015

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Super Sign-up Day is Saturday, June 6th. Stop by any library to pick up your reading log and participate in a kick-off activity! There is no charge to sign up.

How to Participate

KIDS-Read ten books and complete your reading log, and you’ll receive a free SUPER COOL MYSTERY PRIZE BAG and be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing. Complete additional reading logs for multiple chances to win the GRAND PRIZE, a $50 Toys R Us gift card!

TEENS-This year you have TWO OPTIONS: Read 15 books -OR- read 10 books and attend 5 programs. Easy as that! You could receive awesome prizes such as Phoenix Comic-Con goodies and coupons for free food. Two lucky winners from each branch will receive a $25 gift card to either Harkins or Hastings! Complete additional reading logs for multiple chances to win!

ADULTS-Read 3 books -OR- read 2 books and attend 1 program to complete a reading log. Submit a second log for an extra shot in the drawing for prizes!

Special Performances

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June 16th-18th
Meet snakes, lizards and more during this fascinating show featuring live reptiles.

 

 

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June 24th-27th
Enjoy interactive story times with Arizona Rick and his amazing balloon creations!

 

 

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July 7th-9th
Enjoy an interactive juggling performance with comedic juggler Dana Smith.

 

 

There is no charge to attend any program. To find out what’s happening at your local library, visit our Calendar of Events

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Summer Feeding Program

The Yuma Union High School District will continue providing meals for local children this summer. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, which YUHSD implemented in 2001, any child under 18 can participate for free. There are no income or registration requirements.

The Summer Feeding Program is available from June 2nd – July 17th.
Main Library, 11:30am-1:00pm
San Luis Library, 11:30am-1:00pm

Small Business Mentoring @ Main Library

The AWC SBDC will be on site to provide evaluation and guidance by counselors with real life business ownership and management experience every Tuesday from 11AM-2PM. If you have an idea and don’t know where to start, mentoring assistance by the SBDC can help you fast-track your plans for start-up and growth! Visit the Coworking Oasis Room on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.

For more information, call Andrew Zollman, Business Librarian, at (928) 373-6480.

Earth Day craft @ Heritage Library

Celebrate Earth Month at the Heritage Library! On Wednesday, April 22nd, families are invited to make Shaving Cream Earths at 1:00 p.m.  Join us and make mini planet earths using simple household items. There is no charge to attend.

The Heritage Library is located at 350 S Third Avenue. For more information, call (928) 783-5415.

Life in the Rainforest @ Foothills Library

On Friday, April 24th, Yuma biologist and author Dr. Joanne Mowczko will speak about her stay with the Achuar, an indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest, at 2:30 p.m. at the Foothills Library. Artifacts, photos, and videos will be on display, and Dr. Mowczko’s book, The Achuar of the Pastaza River, A Glimpse into their Rainforest World, will be available for purchase.

The Achuar have only been exposed to the western world within the last 50 years. Due to the development of the Amazon Rainforest, the Achuar people’s numbers and livelihood has been declining. Dr. Mowczko’s book is currently used by Ecuadorian naturalist guides as a resource. All proceeds from the book are used for education resources for Achuar schools.

There is no charge to attend. The Foothills Library is located at 13226 E South Frontage Road. For more information, please call (928) 342-1640.

World Qigong Day @ Foothills Library

Celebrate World Qigong Day at the Foothills Library! On Saturday, April 25th, Qigong practitioner and certified teacher Juda May will present information and demonstrate basic poses of Qigong, a Chinese exercise to achieve balance and flexibility, at 1:00 p.m. at the Foothills Library. There is no charge to attend.

Tens of thousands of people all over the world will be practicing Qigong and Tai Chi on April 25th for International Qigong and Tai Chi Day. Qigong (pronounced Chi Gong) is an ancient discipline practiced by millions worldwide and means energy work or effort. Qigong is easy to learn at any age and enjoyable to do. Regular practice helps increase muscular endurance, build muscular strength, evaporate stress, increase focus and improve overall health and well-being.

The Foothills Library is located at 13226 E. South Frontage Road. For more information, please call (928) 342-1640.

Día de los Niños @ Somerton Library

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Celebrate Día de los Niños (Day of the Child) at the Somerton Library! On Saturday, April 25th, children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy a day of fishing, games, raffles, and prizes beginning at 9:00 a.m. There is no charge to attend.

This program was made possible by a collaboration of the Somerton Library, the Arizona Fish and Game Department, and the City of Somerton Parks and Recreation Department.

The Somerton Library is located at 240 Canal Street in Somerton, AZ. For more information, call (928) 627-2149.

Prank Science @ Main Library

Pranks aren’t just for April Fools’ Day! Kids ages 8-12 are invited to the Main Library at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15th, for “Prank Science.” Learn how to make an erupting ketchup bottle and other silly gags to play on your friends! There is no charge to attend.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

International Poetry Circle @ Foothills Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Foothills Library! Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of Foothills Library. There is no charge to attend.

Friday, April 17th @ 11:00 a.m.
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Bring your favorite poems written by authors from around the world, and hear staff share their favorite poems from their home country. Want to learn a language? We’ll show you Mango, a free language-learning website and app.

Want to learn more about National Poetry Month? Visit the “Poem in Your Pocket” displays during the month of April at the Main and Foothills Libraries!

The Foothills Library is located at 13226 E. South Frontage Road. For more information, call (928) 342-1640.