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September 2021
Library Card Sign-up Month
It's Library Card Sign-up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Head to your neighborhood branch for a scavenger hunt to win prizes.

Find hidden bookmarks at your library, complete the activity and bring it to the checkout desk to get a weekly star stamp on your scavenger hunt card.

Earn entries into a weekly raffle by checking out books, taking a picture with your favorite library staff, signing up for a library card, and more!

Prizes include free DVD rentals, Library swag, fries, or pizza sticks meal vouchers from Epic Wings. 

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NEA Big Read

Celebrate the sixth annual community-wide reading event
at your neighborhood branch

In the Times of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Anaheim comes together to read ‘In the Time of Butterflies’; Council Member, Cuban native Jose Diaz kicks off community read event

This fall, Anaheim readers will be captivated by “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a vivid historical story by Julia Alvarez celebrating Dominican history and culture.

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Anaheim Public Library will bring the community together during Hispanic Heritage Month to read “In the Time of the Butterflies” and for book discussions, film screenings, cooking demos, music and dance performances, guest speakers, family activities and more.  

Anaheim Council Member Jose Diaz, a native of Cuba, will speak at Haskett Branch on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. during the kickoff event for the Anaheim Library’s NEA Big Read program. 

The event includes entertainment for the whole family, including a butterfly release ceremony, music, and Cuban food and desserts until 5:30 p.m. 

As part of the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read program, Anaheim is exploring “In The Time of The Butterflies” in its sixth annual community-wide reading event.

Engaging cultural programs include the Dominican dance classes introducing merengue and bachata, sugar skull decorating, and Papo’s Cuban Kitchen cooking demo for kids. 

“In The Time of The Butterflies” follows the Mirabal sisters ― Patria, Minerva, Dede and Maria ― who use their voice during the regime of Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo in the 1950s.

Readers will also have a chance to virtually meet “In The Time of The Butterflies” author Julia Alvarez on the Library’s Facebook or YouTube. You’ll learn about the author’s journey and the book’s themes of freedom, resilience, and sisterhood on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

Residents can check out the book, download the eBook, or read the companion book for children and teens, and join in a full calendar of cultural events at Anaheim Public Library during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Click the button below to find a complete list of programs!

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Paleta Storytime
Wed, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at Central
Join us for a sweet story and learn how to make homemade paletas.

Bilingual Story with Craft
Thurs, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Euclid

Preschool Storytime
Friday, Sept. 17 & 24 at 11:15 a.m.
at Canyon Hills

Storytime participants ages 3-11 must wear a mask.



A Cultural Rainbow: Looking
at Latin American Textiles 

Thurs, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Central

Learn about Latin America's rich textile traditions, processes and designs and how they represent
a cross-cultural society that has historically integrated native and international textile traditions.

Reflections of Mexican Anaheim: 1900-1955
Wed, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. at Central

Angelina Veyna, retired history professor, will discuss the varied story of Mexicans in Anaheim
from 1900 to 1955. 

Food & Desserts

Papo’s Cuban Kitchen Demo
Mon, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at Central (Registration Required)

Dominican Shaved Ice
Thurs, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Sunkist Mon, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at Central
Arts and Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Paint a Butterfly at Haskett
Wed, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Haskett (Registration Required)

Hidden Art
Wed, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Sunkist
Tues, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. at Canyon

Create your own Butterfly
Thurs, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at Central

Watercolor Workshop
Mon, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Central


Merengue & Bachata
Mon, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. at Central Thurs, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at Haskett

Marco Rosas, dance instructor and choreographer at Passion y Tumbao Dance Studio, brings the two most popular dances of the Dominican Republic, the merengue and bachata, to Anaheim (wear comfortable clothes).


Tune in on the Library's Facebook, Instagram,
and YouTube to watch virtual programs

Yay Yarn

Yay Yarn!

Thursday, Sept. 2 at 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to build a handheld knitting loom and create strands of wearable art.

You will need a toilet paper roll, duct tape, popsicle sticks, yarn, buttons, glue, tape, and toothpicks.

Super Spinners

Thursday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Discover the power of physics with force and motion while creating your own spinning toy!

You will need cardboard, a penny, scissors, crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Super Spinners
Let's Make Egg Geodes
Let's Make Egg Geodes!

Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

Discover the history of the earth as you learn about geology, geodes, and create a your very own geode! For this adventure, you will need help from an adult.

You will need  eggshells (empty and clean), water, food coloring, Epson salt, measuring cup, hot water, measuring spoon, liquid school glue, paintbrush or foam brush, small spoon or stick to stir the food coloring. 

Exploration on Wheels!

Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Meet the newest member of the Anaheim Public Library, the Exploration on Wheels Van!

Learn about the new service bringing STEAM activities to various sites across Anaheim.

Exploration on Wheels Van

Save the Date
Mystery Authors Luncheon and Silent Auction

Rescheduled Mystery Authors Luncheon & Silent Auction

The Anaheim Public Library Foundation's annual Mystery Authors Luncheon has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2022.  

Mark your calendar and join us for a silent auction, raffles, lunch and an entertaining hour with award-winning mystery authors.

Proceeds from the event provide valuable library materials and services at Anaheim Public Library.

Looking for more ways to support the Library Foundation? Visit their website.

Reimagine Your Favorite Books Through Zines

Fall STEAM Faire

Explore science and the arts at the hands-on STEAM Faire!

This family event is hosted by the Anaheim Public Library and the Anaheim STEAM Co-Op on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. at Anaheim Central Library in the parking lot.

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Anaheim Public Library is closed on Monday, Sep. 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

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