In their 35th year Child's Play perform Tomas and the Library Lady for school kids at the Tempe Center for Arts. April 12, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN

Darryl Webb

You can catch a free play with your kids after school and work on Sept. 18.

Childsplay is mounting a free performance of its 2014-2015 national touring production, “Tomás and the Library Lady.”

The show, slated for 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, is based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera.

Recommended for children age 5 and older, the play is about a child of migrant farm workers who meets a librarian and gains a lifelong love of reading.

Tickets are not required for the show, but Childsplay does request an reservation to Seating will be first come, first served.

This free showing of “Tomás and the Library Lady” is sponsored by the CALA Arts Alliance. Childsplay is Tempe-based nonprofit theatre company of professional, adult artists who perform for young audiences and their families.

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