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​Lifelong Learning

Learn a language, take an online class or learn a skill at your own pace and on your own time. Learn something new!

Hollywood Costume

Fashion is in the air! The Phoenix Art Museum is hosting Hollywood Costume, an exhibition that celebrates and explores costume design in film. If you’ve seen the exhibit, here are some resources to extend your experience, interest in costume design and the storytelling process on film. If you haven’t been to the museum yet, use these resources to get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Learn a Language

¿Habla español? Parlez-vous français? Você fala Português?  If your answer is no and you'd like to learn Spanish, French, Portuguese or any number of other languages, Phoenix Public Library has online resources to help you.  Whether you're preparing for an upcoming trip or furthering your professional goals, you can Learn a Language FREE with your library card. 


In 1960, at the age of 43, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. His brief time in office was marked by world-changing events: the Laos Crisis, the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the creation of USAID and the Peace Corps, and the decision to go to the moon. November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. Learn more about JFK's life and times.

Pearl Harbor and War in the Pacific

​In the early hours of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a major carrier-based air strike on Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Approximately 200 Japanese aircraft in two waves conducted the raid which lasted just over two hours. American opposition to the war vanished after the attack and the country found itself at war in the Pacific. Four days after Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, drawing it into a second theater. Learn more about Pearl Harbor and War in the Pacific.​

​​​The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Enacted on July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and public facilities such as hotels, restaurants, theaters and retail stores (known as "public accommodations").   Learn more about The Civil Rights Act of 1964​.

Phoenix Public Library hosted a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum February 20 - June 1, 2014 at Burton Barr Central Library​. "State of Deception" was a thought-provoking exploration of Nazi propaganda that challenged visitors to think critically about the messages we receive today.  Explore the State of Deception.

World War I

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I.  Before its end, more than nine million combatants would be dead and four empires would lay in ruin.  Develop a deeper understanding of the conflict and the world left in the wake of World War I.