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Phoenix Public Library’s Winter Reading Kicks off on Jan 5

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Phoenix Public Library’s annual family winter reading program, “Catch BookBreath @ your Phoenix Public Library,” kicks off Jan. 10 and runs through March 12 at all library locations.

Children, up to 12 years old, are eligible to participate in the program and earn prizes by reading or listening to books. The program is designed to encourage families to read together.

Families are invited to attend a free kick-off program with Stan, a life-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull and some of his dinosaur friends, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. Kerry Giffen, a paleontologist from Dino Ed, will also share dinosaur bones, teeth, claws, eggs and brains from her traveling dinosaur museum.

“Catch BookBreath @ your Phoenix Public Library” is supported by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, with additional support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library for the kick-off program.

Phoenix Public Library is a system of 15 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit Follow on Twitter at


Phoenix Public Library holiday picks

[Source: City of Phoenix Press Release]

Searching for that perfect gift or looking for a great read to get you through this busy season?  Phoenix Public Library’s Kathleen Sullivan offers the following recommendations.

  • For the artist in all of us – Dorling Kindersley Publishing’s “Life in the Wild” provides remarkable photographs of insects, mammals, fish and birds in the wild.
  • If exercise and healthy food are your passions“Core Strength” by Paul Collins and Robin Asbell’s “The New Whole Grains Cookbook” will start you on your New Year’s resolutions.
  • For the men in your life – In “How to Speak Zombie,” Steve Mockus provides language instruction for the dance floor, office or dog park.
  • Calling all fashionistas – In “My Favourite Dress,” designers, celebrities, models, photographers, stylists and editors share their favorites in this lavishly-illustrated book.
  • Serious reader alert – In “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Isabel Wilkerson uses the stories of three individuals to explore the history of African American migration in the United States.
  • She who cooks – will be delighted with “The Happy Baker: A Girl’s Guide to Emotional Baking.” Erin Bolger’s visually-stunning cookbook also offers a soupçon of dating advice.
  • For the Arizona child“The Twelve Days of Christmas in Arizona,” by Jennifer J. Stewart and illustrated by local artist Lynne Avril, provides Arizona-specific lyrics for the Christmas classic as well as facts and history for the older reader.


Phoenix Public Library is a system of 15 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library.  For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit  Follow on Twitter at