Library Closure:

The library will be closed for observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. The library lobby is open for HOLD pick-ups only. New holds can now be placed on items. The drive-up book drop is available 24 hours and interior book drop is available Mon.-Fri 9 a.m-5 p.m. More library services will be available soon. Due dates on items checked out have been extended and expired library cards have been renewed to JULY 1. For City of Tempe COVID-19 updates check here. For more information on library services check here.

Tempe Writes

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Visit  the library calendar for more writing programming.


Writing Workshops with Duane Roen

  • Our Role Models - Zoom Meeting

From childhood to today, we have role models who have shaped us in diverse ways. Maybe our eighth-grade language arts teacher showed us how to nurture learning and learners. Maybe a grandparent lived a life that taught us the importance of empathy and compassion. Maybe a parent showed us the importance of sacrifice in the service of others. In this workshop, each of us will write about a person who has served as role model for us and others.


Wed. 7/8/2020 6:30-8 p.m. - Zoom Meeting - register here.

Sat. 7/11/2020 10:30 a.m. -noon- Zoom Meeting - register here.

  • An Event in the World that Changed My Family's Story - Zoom Meeting

Events in the world can affect people many people in many ways. For example, the Irish potato famine drove many people to leave Ireland in the late 1840s. Perhaps, though, a smaller event had a major impact on our family—e.g., a fire that caused the family to quit farming. In this workshop each of us will write about some large or small event that changed the course for our family.


 Sat. 8/1/2020 10:30 a.m.-noon - Zoom Meeting - register here.

Wed. 8/5/2020 6:30-8 p.m. - Zoom Meeting - register here.

Visit  the library calendar for more writing programming. 

Writing Groups

Writers Connection

  • Meets every other Friday
  • 2-4 p.m.

An informal writer's group open to all who are interested in sharing their work in a non-threatening environment.

Visit  the library calendar for more writing programming.

Writing Contest

Find Books

In addition to our free programs and events, the library is also a great place to do research about the writing process or the topic of your work. 

Browse the shelf under call number: 808

Try some of these keywords in our library catalog to get you started:

  • Author - Books & Reading; Authorship; Creative Writing; English Language - Style; Writing

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