Phoenix Public Library Celebrates Summer Solstice 2013

June 4, 2013

Library Bird ImagePhoenix Public Library celebrates the first day of summer and the longest day of the year Friday, June 21 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

The free celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Reading Room on the library’s fifth floor with music by Canyon Records recording artist Anthony Wakeman.  At approximately 12:15 p.m., architect Wendell Burnette will talk about the unique building features that create a visual effect of light and shadow across the walls.  At the exact moment of solar noon, sunlight illuminates the room’s tapered columns through the skylights located immediately above them.  The music continues with Wakeman performing until 1:30 p.m.

The summer solstice celebration is sponsored by the Phoenix Public Library Foundation.  Anthony Wakeman appears courtesy of Canyon Records.  

Phoenix Public Library is a system of 16 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library.  For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit  Follow us on Twitter at and “like” us on Facebook at


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