It's storytime at Deer Valley Rock Art Center

Ollie’s Storybook Adventures return to Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center with storytimes about archaeology, desert wildlife and Native American cultures.

The season begins on Jan. 27, with a storytime titled “Cool Coyotes.” The book will be “Coyote: A Trickster Tale From the American Southwest” by Gerald McDermott.

The story hour is from 10 to 11 a.m. and is for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents. Each session is limited to 12 children and includes a story, art activity, music and outdoor game.

Also on the schedule are:

Friday, Feb. 10, “Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial,” with the book “Tuesday in Arizona by Marian Harris.

Friday, Feb. 24: “Science.” (Book TBA)

Friday, March 9: “Quails.” (Book TBA)

Friday, March 23: “Desert Colors” with the book “Colors of the Navajo” by Emily Abbink.

Each storytime is 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per child; older siblings are $2; members and accompanying adults are free; and additional adults are $2. Reservations are required. Call (623) 582-8007 to sign up.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago.

The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

More information is available at or (623) 582-8007.