Summer Fun at Dobson Ranch Library

The Dobson Ranch Library, located at 2425 S. Dobson Road, is offering activities for kids all summer long to help beat the heat! For more information on programs offered, call 480-644-3300.

Sign up for summer reading online at (May 30- July 27)
May 30
Summer Reading Kickoff- Make a Book Craft
Dig in to summer by signing up for summer reading and then come create a book of your own!
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages


June 5
Arizona Rick: The Balloon Making Cowboy
Enjoy the telling of classic stories while seeing the story characters shaped into balloon creations.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages

Afternoon Movie: "ParaNorman"
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. 
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG

June 12
Step's Junk Funk
Step's Junk Funk gives new life to items that otherwise would end up on our city's trash. It's surprising what sounds good! Your "JUNK" becomes an extension of yourself, dancing and making music become one, and soon everyone finds themselves getting down with the "FUNK"!
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages

Rooting for Roots
Potato chip tasting and other games.
2 to 4 p.m., For Tweens and Teens


June 19
Carpet Bowling
Kids of all ages can try their hand at bowling with Brunswick Bowl's red carpet bowling lanes (kid friendly pins and bowling bowls are set up in the library for all to play).
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages 

"Dark Shadows", the MuV Chat
Bring your cell phone and chat about the movie as it's playing using text messages. Texts will be displayed on the screen next to the movie for all to read.
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG-13, Ages 13 and Up

June 22
Afternoon Movie: "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the Earth.
1:30 to 3:30, Rated PG

June 26
Rock Art of the Southwest
Explore the fascinating world of Native American rock art through slides and demonstrations by the Pueblo Grande Museum. Learn about prehistoric cultures and the possible interpretations of their ancient symbols.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages

Afternoon Movie: "Brave"
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG

July 3
Afternoon Movie: "Yogi Bear"
A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith.
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG

July 10
Dig In To Treasures
Lovely Buttons shares hilarious clown antics and silly ways to make reading FUN! Kids will go wild as we make items appear from Lovely's Magical Books, be mesmerized with Chalk Talk stories of the Old West, and meet her entertaining desert puppets.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages

Afternoon Movie: "Megamind"
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG

July 17
Worm Drive: The Musical
Join Farmer Ron and Farmer Gavan as they dig up the dirt on the mighty earthworm in their hilarious, fun and educational performance. Through humorous, interactive skits, music and live earthworm handling, children learn the importance of this soil-dwelling animal.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., All Ages 

Bubbles Blast!
Let's blow some bubbles! There will be crafts and bubble blowing.
2 to 3:30 p.m., All Ages

July 24
Earth Rocks!
Explore the Earth's wonders at this interactive program.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., School Age Kids

Afternoon Movie: "Wreck-It Ralph"
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
2 to 4 p.m., Rated PG

July 27
Afternoon Movie: "James and the Giant Peach"
An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach and take the boy on a journey to New York City.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Rated PG

The Dobson Ranch Library wishes to provide programs for all age levels. Each program is geared towards a specific group, so please take note of any age requirements. We ask your cooperation to make these programs a positive experience for all. Please do not bring younger children to programs geared towards the older children or vice versa. Programs are open to the general public, but we are unable to accommodate large camp/school groups or any groups of five or more non-family members. We appreciate your cooperation!









Vice Mayor Kavanaugh

Office of Vice Mayor Kavanaugh
Fax: 480-644-2175
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

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Jared Archambault

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Randy Policar

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