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Learn about the Grand Canyon State with one of these insightful programs.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


The Wallace and Ladmo Show

Saturday, December 1
2 to 3 p.m.
Mesquite Library​

Join historian Steve Hoza in a fun-filled talk and video presentation on The Wallace and Ladmo Show, the local valley television “kid’s show” that ran for more than 35 years! There will be prizes galore, including GIANT Ladmo Bags! So if you missed out as a kid, here’s your chance. Steve is the creator of the official Wallace and Ladmo website. Even if you’ve never heard of Boffo the Clown, Gerald, Marshall Good, or Captain Super, stop on by and see what you missed growing up in the Valley.

​Design Like a MoPho: Motifs of Desert Modernism

Saturday, December 8
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library

Discover how Phoenix’s midcentury modern design heritage fits into a larger scheme in a lavishly illustrated journey through the Modern Phoenix image archive. Alison King, local midcentury design historian, will examine how architecture, graphic design, illustration and photography intersected in the 50s and 60s to create a distinctly Desert Modern aesthetic. Whether you’re just getting to know Arizona’s look or are a longtime native, you’ll likely find something delightful that resonates in your retro heart. Join Alison in the Arizona Room after the presentation, for a tour of her favorite resources.


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