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The Glendale Public Library System is resuming in-person events, although virtual events will continue. 

The following free events will take place at the Foothills Branch of the Glendale Public Library or virtually via Zoom in May and June 2021. 

The Foothills Library is located at 19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale. To register for events, visit glendaleaz.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

 

Writer in Residence Consultations with

author Tina Radcliffe

Offered throughout May.

See online calendar for dates,

times and registration.

One of the most dreaded tasks novelists face is writing a synopsis. So many questions surround the synopsis: how many pages, what kind of formatting and, most of all, how does one boil an entire story down into just a page or three? In this workshop, author Tina Radcliffe takes the mystery out of synopsis writing and turns it into as simple a process as possible. Register with an email address so the event host can email a Zoom link. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Live @ the Library: A virtual ‘watch party’ — the history and significance of Taiko in Japanese culture

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20

Held in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this virtual “watch party” will feature a prerecorded program at which solo artist Eileen Morgan offers an in-depth presentation of the history and use of Taiko drums in Japan and its introduction and evolution in American culture. Morgan will be on hand at this Zoom event to introduce the program, as well as answer questions. Register online with an email address so event host can send a Zoom link. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

 

Writer in Residence Virtual Workshop: Literary devices

to make your writing shine

1 p.m. Saturday, May 22

This workshop will discuss the basic literary devices every writer should be familiar with and how to use them effectively. Radcliffe will cover flashbacks, the rule of three, foreshadowing, point of view, and more. Register online with an email address so a Zoom link can be sent. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Big Band Grandstand

1 to 3 p.m. Mondays May 24, June 7,

June 14, June 21 and June 28

Become a part of the library’s big band, rehearsing and performing a variety of popular big band tunes at the Foothills Library. Musicians who can sight-read charts are encouraged to sign up, and everyone else is invited to attend rehearsals as part of the audience. All players must bring their own music stands and instruments. Weekly rehearsals are Monday afternoons. To sign up, email bigbandgrandstand@gmail.com. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Borrow a Librarian: Computer help, eBooks and more

2 to 3 p.m. Mondays May 24, June 7,

June 14 and June 21

Have a computer or eBook question? Sign up for a 30-minute session with a Foothills librarian, who will work with guests on their technology questions. Meetings are available via phone, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or in person at Foothills Library. Note that legal assistance, job application or resume review, and tax help will not be provided. Additional dates/times may be available, and advance registration is required. Register online or call 623-930-3847. 

 

Live @ the Library: A virtual ‘watch party’ — the history and significance of Taiko in Japanese culture

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27

This virtual “watch party” features a prerecorded concert, with the performers on hand via Zoom to introduce and discuss their pieces as well as answer questions. Rhythm is Life Steel Drum Band has made the most of this past year by continuing to rehearse and perform outside. The Rhythm is Life Steel Drum Band formed in 2005, and since then, the band has become quite popular at pan festivals and parties. Its sound mixes Caribbean Islands music (calypso, soca and reggae) with rock, pop and other genres from around the world. Register online so hosts can send a Zoom link. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

 

Gentle Reads Book Discussion Group

(in person or virtual)

10 a.m. Wednesday, June 2

Join the group the first Wednesday of every month to discuss emotionally uplifting and inspirational fiction. This month’s selection is “All Adults Here” by Emma Straub. Those interested in attending this meeting virtually can register online with an email address so the event host can send a Zoom invite. For more info, call 623-930-3573.

 

Bluegrass Jam

1 to 3 p.m. Fridays June 4

and June 18

Musicians are encouraged to bring their acoustic instrument and play bluegrass, country, folk, gospel and more round-robin style. All levels of players are welcome. Audience and singers may also attend. The jam takes place the first and third Friday of each month. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Writer in Residence

Virtual Workshop:

Top 10 self-editing tips

1 p.m. Saturday, June 5

This workshop will cover the top 10 tips to stand out among sumissions to editors and agents along with tools to shape up a finished product. Presented by writer-in-residence Tina Radcliffe. Register online with an email address so hosts can send a Zoom invite. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

J.A. Jance: Virtual author appearance

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns to the Glendale Public Library via Zoom, during which she will talk about her latest mystery novel, “Unfinished Business: An Ali Reynolds Mystery,” and answer the audience’s questions. Interested parties should register online with an email address so Zoom login information can be sent. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Jam-Boree Acoustic Jam

2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays June 12 and June 26

Musicians can bring their acoustic instruments to play along or join the audience at this round-robin, all-acoustic jam session. This takes place the second and fourth Saturday of every month. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

A Novel Approach Book Discussion Group

(in person or virtual)

6:30 p.m. Monday, June 14

Join the group the second Monday of every month to discuss engaging and thought-provoking popular fiction. This month’s selection is “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney. Those interested to attend virtually should register online with an email address so the host can send a Zoom invite. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Writer in Residence Virtual Workshop: ‘Do you need a literary agent’

1 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Writer in residence Tina Radcliffe will discuss literary agents and how to query and agent. Register online with an email address so the event host can send a Zoom invite. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

 

Readers Roundtable: Reading recommendations book discussion group

1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 23

Bring along a book or two to recommend to other readers at this lively, informal discussion group, where participants take turns book talking fiction, nonfiction, classics, bestsellers, old favorites and recent reads. The group meets fourth the Wednesday of every month. For more information, call 623-930-3844.