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Perry Branch Library

1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
602-652-3000 http://www.mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_gi.aspx

July 2014

The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

July 31, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join McNamee in…

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October 2014

Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

October 2, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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What is Día de los Muertos? From where does it originate? And how is it celebrated? Día de los Muertos or Days of the Dead is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwestern United States. To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions. To many Mexicans, death is not a subject to be feared, ignored, or divorced from the living. One cannot celebrate life without also celebrating death. This…

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November 2014

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  The Navajo Code Talkers

November 20, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon.  Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation.  The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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March 2017

Hop, Skip & Jump into Reading – Gilbert

March 17, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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Join Arizona Humanities and the Maricopa County Library District Perry Branch Library for a family fun day celebrating reading and books! Meet local children's authors, hear exciting stories, participate in sing-alongs and dance, enjoy tasty snacks, create art, and more! Each child will receive one free book! Families and children ages are welcome to this FREE event! Questions? Call the Perry Branch Library at 602-652-3000.

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April 2018

FRANK Talks: Talking to Each Other About Controversies Now – Gilbert

April 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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Talking to Each Other About Controversies Now Matt Kundert, University of Arizona, Department of English Current social controversies reflect our nation’s complex history, politics and values. Our views can differ sharply on whether or not America has changed for the better, or for the worse. We can point to specific cultural and technological developments that have made it difficult to feel part of one country.  Media can shape our sense of inclusion and exclusion, what is true and false, what…

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June 2018

“Fake News”: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World – Gilbert

June 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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Jamie Bowen, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Although not new, our awareness and use of the term “fake news” has risen in prominence. In general, “fake news” is media that consists of deliberate misinformation, news whose main purpose is to distort “the truth for emotional persuasion, seeking to drive action.”  More recently it has become a catchall term used to discredit stories, and in the political arena to influence the political process and elections.…

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March 2020

Arizona’s Great Escape

March 3, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297 United States
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During the night of Christmas Eve in 1944, twenty-five Nazi German prisoners of war escaped from Papago Park POW camp on the outskirts of Phoenix and headed towards Mexico. These men were hardcore Nazis, ex U-boat commanders, and submariners, who had successfully dug a nearly 200-foot underground tunnel that took four months to complete. Many people may have heard of this event, but few know the details. This presentation tells the story of what happened to these German POWs and…

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