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Librarypalooza goes all weekend long

This year, Prescott Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a weekend-long Librarypalooza event, said Adult Services Librarian Ruthie Hewitt.

Last year, the event was just on a Saturday due to how the library wasn’t open on Sundays, Hewitt said. However, the community really supported it, she said.

“Now it’s a full weekend this time,” Hewitt said. “We had such great involvement from the community that we kind of needed the two days to spread the events out.”

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, the first event will see members of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society giving a presentation on computer programs to help organizing genealogy data. At 10:30 a.m., the maker station where people can make bookmarks and buttons out of old books will begin and go until 2 p.m. Then, at 11 a.m., Yavapai Master Gardeners will give a talk on how to get butterflies in gardens, while the youth department has a Llama Llama storytime, featuring the character from the book series. At 1 p.m. Hewitt said she will be teaching a class showcasing the library’s online resources. It’s going to be a “Jeopardy” style instruction to help get people acquainted with the online resources, she said. Finally, at 3 p.m. the water department will have a special presentation on rainwater harvesting by Barnabas Kane, a landscape architect.

On Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m., City of Prescott Trails/Natural Parklands Coordinator Chris Hosking will highlight the new Circle Trial and explain the history of the Prescott trail system, its accessibility and ongoing plans for growth. The maker station will return from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m., MAD Women Poets and Womansong will put on a program of original poetry and acapella choral music.

It’s been great partnering with all of these different people in the community to put on the Librarypalooza event, Hewitt said.

“We have such a great group of people with all these different knowledge bases,” she said, adding she enjoys “being able to educate people and partner with these community leaders in our community to offer a wide variety of events.”

Anyone who attends a program will be entered to win a gift card from a local business as well, Hewitt said. It relates to the event a person goes to, too, such as a Watters Garden Center gift card for going to the rainwater harvesting event, she said.

Popcorn will be available during the event as well, Hewitt said.

For more information about Librarypalooza, call the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., at 928-777-1500.

By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.