Confetti: favorite Broadway song and dance
Youths can watch Spotlight Youth Theatre’s performing arts troupe, featuring children ages 8 to 14, from 11 a.m. to noon May 5 in the Foothills Branch Library Roadrunner Room, 19055 N. 57th Ave. For more information, call 623-930-3837.
Free Comic Book Day at Velma Teague
Drawn to Comics in downtown Glendale is teaming up with the Velma Teague Branch for a brand-new Free Comic Book Day experience from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 at 7010 N. 58th Ave. The event will feature local artists, community family activities, cosplay, pop culture musicians (including the Driftwood Quintet, Minibosses and Dratini on the Rocks) and free comics. Activities will take place inside the library, outside in Murphy Park, and at the Drawn to Comics store across the street at 5801 W. Glendale Ave. For more information, call 623-930-3430.
Writer in Residence: 7 key elements of a blockbuster story
What do all blockbuster stories have in common? What makes people read them over and over again? Participants are invited to learn the seven key elements that transform an enjoyable tale into a blockbuster story and how to put them to use from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 5 in the Main Library’s Creative Space, 5959 W. Brown St. Presented by author Joe Nassise, the class is open to adults and teens. Registration is required. To register, visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm. For more information, call 623-930-3530.
Storytime with Driftwood Quintet
A children’s concert, pairing stories such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and Aesop’s Fables with classical music from Driftwood Quintet to help introduce young audiences to classical instruments, takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. The concert ends with an interactive musical journey where the audience gets to choose its own musical adventure. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Writer in Residence office hours
People can register for a one-on-one appointment with author Joe Nassise for expert advice on writing at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. Times available for appointments are between 10 a.m. to noon May 8, 15, 22 and 29, and 5 to 7 p.m. May 9, 16, 23 and 30. To register, visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm. For more information, call 623-930-3530.
Free developmental screenings
Arizona’s Children Association will offer free developmental screenings for children 2 months to 5 years of age from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. May 9 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. The screenings will focus on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills and personal-social skills. To reserve a 30-minute time slot for your child, call or text 602-708-2966. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Puppet show spectacular
Storytime, geared for ages 3 and older, will feature a puppet show with picture book stories and songs, presented by library staff puppeteers from 11 to 11:45 a.m. May 9 in the Foothills Branch Library Roadrunner Room, 19055 N. 57th Ave. For more information, call 623-930-3837.
FRANK Talk: Eradicating global hunger — Is genetically modified food (GMO) a solution?
Everyone’s invited to explore the impact of technology on food and the future from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 9 in the Foothills Branch Library Roadrunner Room, 19055 N. 57th Ave. The discussion will be facilitated by Julian Kunnie, University of Arizona religious studies/classics/Africana studies/indigenous/globalization studies. For more information, call 623-930-3830.
Getting crafty with Miss Janet
Youths are invited to create a craft to keep or give as a gift from 4 to 5 p.m. May 10 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave. Children younger than 6 will need an adult helper. This month’s project will be a “Beary Loved Picture Frame.” Attendees should take a favorite photo (no larger than 3 by 4 inches) to place in the frame. All supplies will be provided. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Live acoustic music will be performed by Retro Folk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the Main Library’s auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St. Retro Folk plays gospel, folk, country and old-time. For more information, call 623-930-3530.