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This year most libraries and county buildings only have received some 2015 tax year paper forms or instruction booklets. Call your local library before going to pick any up.
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NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. NoveList Pluswill help you to answer the question of what to read next.
Here are three more links to help you find great books to read:
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Library Elf Track your library books. Let Elf help you manage your library loans and holds. Avoid overdues with email alerts. Check multiple library cards. Track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc. Join for free. Please click here to create your account.

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July 2017 LibraryReads


*A LibraryReads July 2017 Selection


*An Amazon. com 'Best book of July', 2017 selection


*A July 2017 Indie Next Pick


Jacob is a peaceful Amish man living a simple life on a farm in Pennsylvania. One night a solar flare occurs, sending the "Englishers" outside his village into a panic. The Amish are not immediately effected by the crisis, until the Englishers coming looking for help. How should the Amish respond to the neediness and violence of the outsiders?


"A fascinating debut"-

Barnes & Noble Science Fiction Blog



        Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction

The 2016 Forward Indies 'Books of the Year 'winners were just announced. The awards focus on independently published books. In addition to prizes for Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, and other genres, there is also one Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction and one for Non- Fiction. This years Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction goes to "We Love You Charlie Freeman" by Kaitlyn Greenidge. It's the story of a family who moves into an almost all-white community under very unusual circumstances.

“…witty and provocative… Greenidge deftly handles a host of complex themes and characters, exploring not just how (literally) institutionalized racism is, but the difficulty of an effective response to it. … Greenidge doesn’t march to a pat answer; the power of the book is in her understanding of how clarity wriggles out of reach. For all the seriousness of its themes, though, Charlie Freeman is also caustically funny.” —USA Today


2017 Southern Book Prize Winner

The Southern Book Prize represents the best in literature about the south. It is decided upon by Independent southern booksellers. 'Chasing The North Star' by best-selling author Robert Morgan won in the fiction category this year. It takes place in the year 1850 and tells the story of a young slave who decides to run away from his current life. 


“Richly imaginative and thoroughly well researched, Chasing the North Star walks the reader through an extensive and thrilling escape filled with fiery insight and deep personal conviction . . . [Morgan's] personal connection to the land, including its history and features, enables the reader to experience the thrilling escape vividly. His historical nuances and references are spot‑on. Chasing the North Star is an epic journey.” New York Journal of Books
“A gorgeous book full of lush prose, compelling characters, and an epic journey across America ten years before the Civil War.” 

Chicago Review of Books

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Interested in Beadwork? Check out these ONLINE MAGAZINES
Here are four eMagazines that are great resources for anyone who does beadwork, and they are all free subscriptions to Library Card Holders in Navajo County. Just click on this link or the links below the cover to add them to your list of subscriptions. Read anywhere from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Bead Style Bead Style Beadwork Beadwork


A cat's purr is typically between 40 to 200 Hz, in a range that is considered soothing and able to relieve pain. So curl up with a good book and the cat; relax for a while and let your troubles melt away.
Navajo County public libraries are constantly getting new books in. Stop by and find your next great read.

(Fun Fact and photo provided by SCHOOLSin).

Suggestions for eBooks From Freading - Try an eBook today!

 Freading has over 100,000 eBook titles, with more being added weekly available to our library card holders for FREE. Just register with your library card and get started. Below are some suggestions:


August is 'Read-A- Romance Month'. Celebrate with the many best-selling and award-winning romance novels available on the Freading site twenty-four hours a day with your library card. Our suggestions to keep readers captivated all month long, and beyond, are below. Happy August!



New York Times & USA Today Best Sellers:





16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber:

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author and one of today's most popular authors per her website. Over 200 million copies of her books are now in print. Many of her top novels are now on the Freading site, including this best-selling volume that was adapted into a Hallmark Channel television series. The story introduces readers to a small town in Washington State and the people that live there. One of the most interesting residents is family court judge Olivia Lockhart, who gets everyone talking when she denies a divorce to a local couple.

Summer Nights by Susan Mallery

According to the website of #1 New York Times Best Selling author Susan Mallery, her novels "are about the relationships that defines women's lives: friends, family and romance." Her books have spent over 200 weeks on the USA Today Best Seller lists and many of them are now on Freading. 'Summer Nights' is the completely engrossing story of a dedicated librarian who lets her wild side show when it comes to relationships.  


Nora, Nora by Anne Rivers Siddons

Celebrated writer Anne Rivers Siddons has written many best sellers and she does not disappoint with this love/coming-of-age story. It captures the life of troubled family who is expecting even more anxiety when a distant, free-spirited cousin named Nora comes to visit. Nora does get the whole town talking about her, but surprisingly, she doesn't add to everyone's problems. Instead, Nora reminds everyone the importance of enjoying every moment and not worrying too much about when the perfect relationship will come along.


A Piece of My Heart By Sharon Sala

A USA Today Best Seller and An Amazon 'Best Book of the Month' for May 2017, this is the perfect book to relax with on a hot summer day. It's the story of two lost souls who find each other in quaint town in Georgia. Mercy and Lon initially think they have nothing in common, but they eventually discover that they each have what it takes save the other. 


Fuel For Fire by Julie Anne Walker

This installment of the smoldering hot Black Knights Incorporated series can be read alone or as part of collection. The entire Black Knights series by top-selling author Julie Anne Walker is on Freading. This time the Knights are in the UK, and CIA agent Chelsea finally may have a chance with her longtime crush and co-worker.


Virgin River by Robyn Carr

The Virgin River series is perhaps the most critically acclaimed collection of books by Romance Writers of America Award winner Robyn Carr. Meet the recently widowed nurse practitioner Melinda Monroe who moves to a serene, rural landscape after

seeing an ad in the paper. She hopes the riverside town will be her savior,

but she immediately feels like she has made a mistake. A tiny, abandoned baby and a former Marine manage to change her mind. 


Enslaved by Elisabeth Naughton

Publisher's Weekly declares this USA Today Best Selling paranormal romance to be "entertaining and smoldering". Gryphon was a warrior before the underworld changed him. Now he can't get the voice of the woman who enslaved him out of his head, until he meets Melea. Can she free his chains for good?


The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Faith had left town after being stood up at the alter. Now she decides it's time to return home to her family's gorgeous vineyard. Once back in familiar territory, she notices that the local police chief, who was also her former fiance's best friend, really has a lot to offer.


Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Avery is a sweet-natured, hardworking woman who spends her nights working for tips. Rowdy is a handsome bar owner who has no trouble finding women who are interested in him. When he starts to realize that Avery could be one of the few women that he could fall for, she pushes him away. Publisher's Weekly writes that the author "delivers the goods" with this New York Times Best Seller. 


Rule's Bride by Kat Martin

Rule and Violet's marriage was strictly a strategic one. She was too young and he was too distant. Right after the vows were said, Rule returned to England while Violet stayed in America. Years later Violet shows up at Rule's London town house. She is now a grown-up, sophisticated young woman. Rule is suddenly now very interested in getting to know his wife better. Will she let him?


Award Winning Romance:





The Moon In The Palace by Weina Dai Randel

The Moon In The Palace is a 2017 Romance Writers of America Award winner and GoodReads Choice Awards finalist. It tells the compelling story of the first woman ruler of China. Unlike the concubines around her, Mei never used beauty to get the attention of the Emperor. She relied on her intelligence to get ahead, and she far surpassed what anyone expected. 

A Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter

Author Wanda Brunstetter has had multiple books on The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly best seller lists. Her heartwarming novels are primarily about the Amish and she has caused countless readers to fall in love with their way of life. This award-winning historical romance is about a young woman who departs for a dangerous trip alone after a broken engagement leaves her feeling disgraced. 


Home To Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

Winner of the RT Reader's Choice Award, Home To Whiskey Creek introduces readers to Adelaide Davies. She has been living in Sacramento, but she returns home to help with her aging grandmother. She would rather not be in Whiskey Creek due to that June night so many years ago, but she has her responsibilities. When handsome, successful Noah doesn't hide his happiness to see Adelaide again, she runs in the other direction. 


Once Upon A Tartan by Grace Burrowes

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Grace Burrowes is no stranger to awards. This book is one of her RITA winning novels. Meet Hester, who is taking care of her brother's new step-daughter, Fiona, while her parents are on their honeymoon. While Fiona is in Hester's care, the incredibly wealthy Earl of Flynn suddenly barges into their life. He claims that Fiona is his niece, and should immediately come live with him and his family in their castle. Hester tries to fight them off, but finds herself attracted to the Earl. 


Ghost Walk by Heather Graham

Ghost Walk was honored in the category of Paranormal Romance by the Romance Writers of America. Set in New Orleans, this fascinating novel is full of real history and believable ghosts, all wrapped into a wonderful love story. 


The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Called "brilliant" by The New York Journal of Books, 'The Firebird' is a New York Times Best Seller. It also won two RT Book Reviews Awards in the categories of Historical Fiction and Paranormal Romance. The book is a gripping story of two psychics who travel into the past together in order to solve an amazing mystery. 


Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

This irresistible tale won 'Best Contemporary Romance' at the Romance Writers of America Awards. It introduces readers to Matilda, who was scammed into traveling to the United States by a man whom she'd met over the Internet. When she ends up walking the streets of Wisconsin all alone, a local man finds himself drawn to her. 


The Hourglass by Barbara Metzger

Coryn has spent years in hell and he is fed up. He makes a deal to come back to world of the living if he can find love. He returns to Earth during the Battle of Waterloo where he meets a woman who becomes his wife. His otherworldly knowledge makes her more than a little distrustful of her new spouse. Booklist calls this story "extraordinary...commands the readers attention."


Beloved Warrior by Patricia Potter

In reviewing this book, Publisher's Weekly writes that "Potter keeps getting better with every outing..sparkling with high seas drama and tender romance...a pure pleasure." For readers that like drama with their love story, 'Beloved Warrior' is the enthralling adventure of a captured man who manages to take over the ship where he has been imprisoned. Once in charge, he discovers that the daughter of his captor is nothing like her father. 


The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick

Richard Lee, The Founder of the Historical Novel Society, nominated this book as one of the "top ten historical novels of the last decade". Set in medieval England, this extensively researched narrative brings readers into the world of magnate William Marshall and his bride. Mr. Marshall is thrown into royal conflict when the King dies, and it soon threatens him and his family. His strong and brilliant wife proves to be more of an asset than he had ever imagined.


It's summer, and the perfect time to peruse all of the many travel guides available on Freading. Our libraries cannot afford to keep a wide array of up-to-date travel guides on the shelf, so we're glad to offer current eBooks. Whether you're thinking about a close to home destination or an exotic foreign locale,  the Lonely Planet Travel Guides offer inside information that will enhance any trip
In addition to travel books, there are also National Park Guides, books to give you tips on hiking, biking, paddling and more:

Login to Freading with your library card and start exploring!    Click here to go to the Library District's Freading site
Featured website - try ifixit when you need to fix or repair something
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iFixit is a website that aims to post repair manuals and solutions for just about anything broken. Currently, 28,635 free repair manuals and 106,607 solutions are posted for 8,417 devices. So if you have a gadget, TV, wash machine, computer, camera, tablet, phone, game console, eyeglasses, purse, watch, hot tub, tool, clock, baby stroller, toy, and much more, that is broken or not working check iFixit for some help. The site includes manuals, photos, diagrams and instructions.

TumbleBooks Active Again.
Our TumbleBooks Collection was down for a short while but is now up again. The producer is requiring people who access Tumblebooks at home to enter the first 5 digits of their library card or the 5-digit zip code of your community in Navajo County if you don't live near a library. You will only need to do this once if you have cookies enabled on your computer. No login is required when accessing TumbleBooks in the library. This collection of online eBooks / animated picturebooks is a great, fun way to develop your child's reading skills as these popular books are read to the child if desired, or kids can choose to read themselves. The collection also includes some chapter books for older readers and there are also some teen titles included - a great boost for reluctant readers. TumbleBooks even has some books in Spanish and French. There are also puzzles and games to reinforce reading and comprehension skills. Especially during the summertime, make sure your child is getting exposed to lots of reading to avoid the summer slide. Chldren will love the video clips available. Links are on the children's page also. Please make use of this resource of over 600 titles provided by Navajo County Library District.
McNary Community Library Closed
McNary Community Library was destroyed by a fire June 15. If you have any materials checked out from this library, please return them to the Whiteriver Public Library or to any of our other libraries in the county. The destruction of the library is a tremendous loss to the McNary Community, and no one knows at this point whether a new library can be built.
5 Ways to Learn Music Online for Free
From Techboomers:
Learning music through online methods is something that is now more possible (and easier) than ever. This article is meant to be a great starting point for you when you want to start learning to play, read, or perform music – all on your own. When starting out, it’s important to know that there are many different ways you can go about learning music online, and it’s important to choose the right method for you.

(Click here to learn 5 ways you can learn music online for free!)
Suggestions for Writing Your Will
Click on the link below to see TechBoomers' suggested websites if you have not yet created your will or want to revise an existing willl. Besides these sites you can find the basic forms for creating a will by using our reference database Legal Forms.

How to Get A Will Made Online

Looking for an easy way to create a will on your own? There are websites that will allow you to create a will online. We’ll tell you how it works!

Have You Accessed ComicsPlus Yet?

Here are 2017’s top-ten circulating comics in ComicsPlus, Library Edition our downloadable eBooks collection of comic books. These are multiple use so you don't have to place holds, but you'll need a library card from one of our Navajo County public libraries. There are thousands of comics to choose from!

You can also find the link on our Digital Downloads page.
Reading eBook Comic books will count toward your Summer Reading Program points.

Roarke Publishing shared this bit of advice:
5 Reasons You Should Get Caught Reading This Month
  • A study by the National Endowment for the Arts concluded that people who read books are more likely to be civically engaged, exercise, and enjoy cultural experiences.
  • Reading fiction has been found to make readers more empathetic with others who are different from themselves.
  • The more types of reading materials available in a home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
  • Research suggests that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome.
  • Reading expands your vocabulary, and makes you smarter!

According to Sebco Books Publisher...
"Research now indicates that the 4 to 6 year-old age range is the sweet spot for teaching reading. Beyond the age of 6 or 7, teaching a child to read is a game of catch up."

PlayAway Launchpads now available at a library near you!

Navajo County Library District has started a new rotating collection of PlayAway Launchpad tablets, rechargeable tablets that are pre-loaded with at least ten educational video games for ages 3-5; 5-7; and 8-10. These are tremendously helpful in increasing early literacy/school readiness skills. Elementary students will find great games to practice math, science and reading. Check out these new tablets for seven days at the libraries in Clay Springs, Heber, Holbrook, Pinedale, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Snowflake, Winslow, and Woodruff.

Census Business Builder Small Business Edition
by Peter Grant  
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Looking to start a business? Take a look at the Census Business Builder tool offered by the United States Census Bureau.

The Business Builder offers a simple map-based interface that allows you to enter your type of business, choose a geographic area, and retrieve data such as household size, median income, or even find the number of comparable businesses and information about their receipts and revenue.
(from the State Library of Arizona Capitol Stacks newsletter)
How Many AZ Children Live in Poverty? Access the Kids Count Statistics to Find Out
New county-level statistics compiled by Children’s Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show a detailed insight into child poverty, academic achievement, child safety and juvenile crime in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data from 2009 – 2014, comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged from the Great Recession. The report also includes a look into the lives of Arizona families affected by public policies.

  To view the entire report, click here.

  To access the Navajo County statistics directly, click here.

Book Readers Live Longer!

A recent study published in the Social Science and Medicine  Journal reveals the finding of scientists that people who read books live on average two years longer than people who read no books at all. Magazines and newspapers had some benefits but not as much as reading books. Read more about the study in this New York Times blog.

Get in Touch with the Outdoors! Go Geocaching!
Ten of the public libraries in the county have a hidden geocache. Find them all! It's lots of fun for the family or a club activity such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girls Scouts. (No geocaches yet in Hopi, Cibecue, Whiteriver or McNary) After you have found the cache, why not stop in and find books on geocaching and other outdoor activities?!



Book Bundles - Grab and Go!
Navajo County Library District's federal LSTA grant to advance early literacy in Navajo County is well underway, and the libraries are busy getting book bundles ready for the public to check out. These book bundles, which contain four picture books, make it easy to read with your child about certain topics such as colors, shapes, adoption, potty training, national parks, the alphabet, zoos, brothers and sisters and many more subjects. Winslow Public Library, Show Low Public Library, Holbrook Public Library, and Snowflake-Taylor Public Library will have bundles available. We hope they will make it easy for busy parents to find great books to read to their children as they work on increasing early literacy. Pictured below are pictures from Winslow and Show Low:

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Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that takes in care packages for members of the military and distributes them to those who do not receive support from home. The response has overwhelmed the recipients, as well. AnySoldier updates from the men and women in service express gratitude, joy and awe at the support they receive. For more information about this organization, visit them here.

The Big Picture for Arizona's Little Kids
State-National Comparisons in Three Key Areas

A child’s early years hold the key to their success – and our state’s. Children who are healthy and prepared when they enter kindergarten do better in school and are more likely to graduate and enroll in college.
Data furnished by First Things First.

Read 20 Minutes a Day to Your Child
Navajo County Library District and its member libraries are busily implementing a new federal grant awarded to the Library District to add new children's books to their collections which will give parents and caregivers new selections to read with their children. Many of these new books will be grouped in bundles that deal with certain topics such as adoption, the desert, sharks, gardening, dinosaurs, autumn, and many more. The bundles will make it easy for parents and kids to focus on certain subjects for their "reading together" times. The best way to improve your child's vocabulary and school readiness skills is to read to him or her. Your public library offers story hour as well. Pictured below is a story hour at the Rim Community Library in Heber.

Check out our latest eBooks Available - Comics and Graphic Novels!

Navajo County Library District now offers unlimited access to over 18,000 popular and classic comic books and graphic novels online to library card holders.

There is also a link to ComicsPlus on the Digital Downloads page.

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Rosie on the House
Get great do-it-yourself tips about a host of home remodeling and repair from the Rosie on the House website, an Arizona homebuilding and remodeling industry expert for 25 years.

Notable Books List 2016
The new Notable Books List for 2016 has been released, naming the top 26 titles published in the U.S. for adult readers. A panel of librarians from RUSA, a division of the American Library Association,  select the "best of" titles of adult fiction, adult nonfiction and poetry. Click here to access the Notable Books List.

Access the Internet Free @ Your Library!

Clay Springs Public Library patrons get in some online time at the library. All of Navajo County Public Libraries offer free Wi-Fi also if you have your own device.
That All May Read
by Christine Tuttle
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Do you have trouble reading print this small? 
Do you know someone who is struggling to read standard size print, is unable to handle a book, or turn the pages?
Did you know that there is an available service to help with these needs? 
The Arizona Talking Book Library ( provides these services to all Arizona residents who are blind, visually impaired, or physically disabled.  Applications for individuals and facilities are completed and signed by a certifying authority and returned to the library.  Applications may be downloaded to complete and return to the library or call the library at 602-255-5578 for one to be mailed to you. 

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If you're an avid RV'er, here's a site you'll want to bookmark or add to your favorites!

Woodall’s North American Campground Directory
Also known as Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Directory, this website features descriptions and ratings of campgrounds with an emphasis on travel by RV (recreational vehicles). The facilities rated include RV parks, resorts, and rentals in addition to private tent campgrounds. The directory can be searched by location, names, or browsed and is an excellent resource for families or retired persons planning vacations or extended winter travel. Each entry has detailed information about the facility, sites, nearby recreation, and other amenities. Includes National Forest and National Park campgrounds as well with detailed information about fees and facilities.

Author/Publisher: Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory

Arizona's only toll-free resource for parents, caregivers and professionals who have questions or concerns about the development of children ages birth to 5! Expert staff is available to assist with a host of issues. Share this number with anyone you know who may have questions about their baby or toddler.
Great Sources for Grant writing information

If you're thinking of applying for grant funding and want to learn how to write a winning proposal and find out more about funding sources, the  Foundation Center has an informative website that has lots of helpful information Take a look at GrantSpace for some grantwriting pointers.

Another helpful website for grant seekers is The Grantsmanship Center.
The University of Wisconsin's Libraries have developed a great webpage with a number of very useful websites for information on grants.

Check Out the New eBooks Available to You!

Navajo County Library District now subscribes to eBooks through 3M Cloud Library to bring you current, new bestsellers and other eBooks. 3M Cloud Library offers a platform for quick and easy downloading to get you the eBooks you want with the minimum of effort. You will need a library card from one of our public libraries. Just download the app for the eReader you use, click on the title you want, and start reading. A title can only be checked out by one patron at a time so you may have to place a hold on a popular title. To follow the links above to the 3M Cloud page and to see the book jackets, please upgrade your Internet Explorer browser to version 10 or 11 or use Chrome or Firefox recent versions. To get the App for your eReader click here. Then click on the link on the left for "Find My Library".

Navajo County Library District is able to provide eBooks to you and the public libraries in Navajo County as a result of being awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant for $28,700 from the Arizona State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

eBooks are also available through Freading, which offers a wide selection of ebooks from small and independent presses.

View New Panda Webcams from
Best Viewing Hours4:00pm - 12:00am PT / 8:00am - 4:00pm CT Learn More & Get Involved· Wolong National Nature Reserve · Volunteer Opportunities · Key FactsWelcome to the Gengda Wolong Panda Center! The center is located in the Gengda Xingfu Valley, the heart of the Wolong Nature Reserve and home to wild Giant Pandas. Its mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the reserve.The panda you are watching is in the Gengda Valley yard, named in honor of the historic Wolong Center. The original Wolong Center was destroyed in an earthquake on May 12, 2008. Years of preparation ensure that every new habitat in the reserve provides a healthy, natural environment for the pandas. Reforestation and bamboo planting have been successful and will continue in the future.Our partners at Pandas International will stop by to answer questions, so please post them in the comments section. features four live webcams of pandas in China:

WOLONG GROVE was named in honor of the original Wolong Center. Its resident is Ao Ao, a four-year-old adult male.

HAPPINESS VILLAGE was named in honor of the village of Xingfucun. Here we see two yards, one with one-year-old giant panda toddlers Sen Sen, a male, and Xin Xin, a female; the other houses Zheng Zheng, an adult male.

GENGDA VALLEY was named in honor of the new center. Its resident is Jia Jia, 2-year old female.

DRAGON POND VILLAGE was named in honor of the village of Longtancun. It resident is Yi Ran (aka Dottie), a two-year-old female.
Live Panda Webcams in China

Helping Struggling Readers
Nearly three of four Arizona 4th grade children CANNOT read proficiently. 20% of 3rd graders failed the AIMS reading test, and only after remedial reading and tutoring programs has that percentage been reduced so that about 600 students will not pass on to 4th grade. If you are a parent, grandparent or relative of a child who is struggling with reading, here are a series of 20 short videos showing various programs and techniques that schools and parents have been using to improve children's reading. These videos emphasize what schools are doing, but DON'T FORGET that using your LIBRARY to find books to read with your child and using the many resources your library offers such as TumbleBooks online are terrific tools that you can use all the time to help your children with reading. A child's future success as an adult depends SO MUCH on proficient reading skills:
Click here to access statistical information from the Children's Action Alliance about how well Arizona's children are doing with reading.
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Keep up-to-date on the United States Congress with this website:
Presented by the Library of Congress, is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

Bookmobile Fun Times
A parent and child enjoy looking over the Hopi bookmobile's boardbook collection. The bookmobile visits the twelve Hopi villages at least biweekly. You can find the schedule by going to the Members page under the entry for the Hopi PUblic Library.

Playaway Views - More added to the Libraries' collections
PlayAway ViewThe Library District has added over 35 more Playaway Views in eight libraries in the county - Clay Springs, Holbrook, Pinetop-Lakeside, Rim (Heber), Show Low, Snowflake-Taylor, Winslow and Woodruff. These handheld players allow you to view DVDs "on the go"! You can watch and listen for up to six hours and just recharge for about four hours with the adapter provided. We have titles for both children and adults -  Sesame Street, Liberty Kids, Between the Lions, National Geographic and many more. Believe it or not, three of William Shakespeare's romantic comedies are on one Playaway View!  To quickly find them in the library catalog, just do a title search and type in "playaway view" . They are so easy to use and the kids love them.  Just ask at your library for the Playaway Views.

Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book
July 2014
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The Arizona KIDS COUNT® Data Book delves into Arizona county-level statistics regarding the health, security, and education of our children. Some of the statistics in the research include:
  • The rate of juveniles arrested for violent crimes dropped by almost half from 2000 to 2013
  • 12 counties had more than half of their children living in low income families
  • 67 percent of Arizona 3 and 4 year olds are not attending preschool, ranging from 54% in Coconino County to 82% in Santa Cruz County
  • Arizona ranks 46th in the nation on overall conditions for children – only one spot better than in last year's Data Book
To view how Arizona ranks in all 16 national indicators, visit the KIDS COUNT® Data Center.
Arizona KIDS COUNT® Data Book summary one pager
Language lovers, rejoice. Navajo County Library District's subscription to Mango now brings you much broader subject matter for 40+ of its much loved language-learning courses, which have doubled in size.
Languages that have doubled the coursework Include...
• Arabic, Levantine
• Arabic, MSA
• Armenian
• Azerbaijani
• Bengali
• Chinese, Cantonese
• Chinese, Mandarin
• Croatian
• Czech
• Danish
• Dutch
• ESL Arabic, MSA
• ESL Armenian
• ESL Spanish
• Finnish
• French
• French, Canadian
• German
• Haitian Creole
• Hawaiian
• Hungaria
• Icelandic
• Indonesian
• Italian
• Japanese
• Kazakh
• Malay
• Malayalam
• Norwegian
• Portuguese, Brazil
• Punjabi
• Romanian
• Russian
• Serbian
• Slovak
• Spanish, Latin America
• Spanish, Spain
• Swahili
• Swedish
• Tamil
• Telugu
• Ukrainian
• Yiddish

15 Emergency Maintenance Jobs You Can Learn With Online Videos
Leaky faucet? Flat tire? Car battery dead? Here are 15 emergency maintenance videos with instructions on common fixes you can learn and do for yourself. Some of these should be viewed preemptively, like how to put out a kitchen fire. Save money, frustration, and maybe even your life with these practical videos.

Tap into the expertise of the Britannica Encyclopedia Online!

NEW! Navajo County Library District provides access to the online Britannica Library for all of its patrons. Britannica Library is divided into three easy to use sections; Children, Young Adult, and Reference Center, which has the most detail. Search for Snow or search for Snowden, Britannica Library has thousands of detailed articles that are more researched and more accurate than Wikipedia. Get the facts you need with your Navajo County public library card. Let's get started!
Announcing TumbleBooks in Spanish
TumbleBooks son libros ilustrados animados, que hablan y enseñan a los niños la alegría de la lectura en un formato que les encantará. TumbleBooks se crea adoptando las ilustraciones de libros existentes con animaciones, sonidos, música y narración para producir un libro electronico de imágenes que usted puede leer, o que es leido a usted. En Español
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. In English

Images of the Arizona Capitol Museum
Arizona's Great Seal at Capitol BuildingWelcome to a virtual tour of the Arizona Capitol Museum. Beginning at the main entrance of the Arizona Capitol Museum's historic Greek Revival exterior and continuing through each exhibit to the fourth floor where life size figures from Arizona's past reside, this virtual tour attempts to capture the basic elements of the museum. Also included in this virtual tour are Arizona's Great Seal, a 17-foot tall Greek goddess atop a copper dome, exhibits explaining Arizona's history, water rights, government structure and process, and statehood. The Arizona Capitol Museum also has many traveling exhibits which are not included in this virtual tour. Visit the majestic Arizona Capitol Museum, the building with the giant copper dome, to really experience the history of Arizona.

American Community Survey Released by U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010-2012 American Community Survey in mid-November, and has made it available on the American Fact Finder website. The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country. The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results. You can search for Navajo County information or facts about the cities and towns in the county or anywhere across the U.S.

Most Popular Baby Names Registered with SSA
Check out the most popular baby names as compiled by the Social Security Administration.

How Healthy is Navajo County?
The County Health Rankings—a set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states—is available on The 50-state report, released by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps public health and community leaders, policy-makers, consumers and others to see how healthy their county is, compare it with others within their state and find ways to improve the health of their community.

Track your reading history?
Goodreads is a great site to find recommendations of books to read, take some quizzes to test your knowledge about books, and find some trivia about books and authors. For those who read a lot, the site also has a section where you can record and keep track of the books you've read. The site also has lists of the best books of the year in several categories. Take a look at what Goodreads has to offer. It's free to sign up.

How do you decide whether to keep reading a book?
        Nancy Pearl, librarian and reader's advisory guru, has this to say:
"Rule of Fifty”
 People frequently ask me how many pages they should give a book before they give up on it. In response to that question, I came up with my "rule of fifty,”  which is based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books.  If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up.  If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit.  Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!

OneClickdigital Audiobook Support
Just a friendly reminder that OneClickdigital provides live toll-free technical support to patrons needing assistance with OneClickdigital audio books. So if you are having trouble with a mobile device or tablet, feel free to call 1-877-772-8346, and rest assured, they will take care of it. Support is available Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm (Eastern).
Featured Websites to Encourage Your Child to Read
Children Reading   20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading
   Choosing Books for Reluctant Readers 
   Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read
   How to Encourage Your Child to Read

Constant Reader iPhone App
There is a new iPhone/iPad App called Constant Reader which allows you to track your reading by keeping lists and rankings of books you are reading or would like to read or just keep track of. Why not give it a try. You can download it free in the Apple app store. The Navajo County Library District is not associated in any way with this app - just letting readers know about it.
Foreign Language Learning with Mango
On your Mobile Phone or in your Browser
Navajo County Library District's subscription to Mango Languages has now added four more languages. Now introducing Castilian Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish, and Tagalog for your language learning pleasure! With these courses, you will be able to tame even the wildest bull in Spain, finally learn how to pronounce the name of the famed volcano of 2010, Eyjafijallajökull, converse with the Swedish chef, and order kare-kare at your favorite Filipino restaurant. Just what you’ve always wanted.
Mango also announces the release of its Religious and Scholarly collection! Unique to Mango, this collection offers users the chance to delve deep into documents and literature from the past, exploring prose in Ancient Greek, Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Latin. Unlike Mango's other language courses that are based on conversations, these courses bring these classic languages to life through the study of ancient texts.
Click here to get started on a new language.
Our subscription to the Mango foreign languageMango iPhone App learning database now offers a mobile app for your smartphone so you can learn languages everywhere you go. Click here to get the Android App (or at Google Play). Click here to get the App for your iPhone or iPod Touch or go to the iTunes App Store.
Will the apps know what library you're from?
Yes, through the username and password verification, Mango's system detects which library you belong to. Once logged in, the library name will be shown under “Settings.”
Can you access the apps anonymously?
No, you must first create a profile from our website (use the link on the right side of the page to Mango Languages).

1940 United States Census Released
The 1940 U.S. Federal Census was released on April 2, 2012. Click here to access it. Ancestry Library Edition, to which the Library District subscribes, will start loading and indexing the info this year. This database can be searched in the library from the Genealogy link on the navigation bar. On April 2, 1940, there were 132,164,569 people living in America. Today, 87 percent of Americans can find a direct family link to one – or more – of them. You now have a window into every one of those 132 million lives...their names, where they lived, who shared their house, even where they were five years earlier. Pictured below: a Census enumerator in a farmer's field collecting information, a tabulating machine, and Census Bureau employees checking punchcard data of the 1940 Census.
Census enumeratorCensus Tabulating machineCensus punchcards
Downloadable Audiobooks - A New Download Site
Navajo County Library District's vendor for downloadable audiobooks, Recorded Books, has changed the method of downloading from EbscoHost to OneClickDigital starting with the New Year. Please use the new link posted on the right side of the page (or below). You will need to create a new account for yourself. You can use the same user name and password that you used with EbscoHost, but you will still need to create the account. It does not transfer from EbscoHost. If you are accessing within one of our public libraries, you will not need your library card. However, if you are accessing for the first time remotely from home, business or school, you will need to type in your library card number before you can create an account.
Please let library staff know if you are having difficulties with OneClickDigital.

Genealogy Database Adds Collections
Ancestry Library Our subscription to Ancestry Library Edition includes over 7,500 databases, offering you billions of records in census data, vital records, immigration records, military records, and more. Ancestry Library Edition is available from the link on our Genealogy page. This resource must be used in the library - in any of our twelve public libraries. Start your family tree research today! 

New, notable collections include: 
  *U.S. Compiled Service Records, Post-Revolutionary War  Volunteer Soldiers, 1784-1811
 *U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 
 *London, England Wills and Probate, 1525-1858 
 *West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921; Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985; Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1512-1812; Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 
 *New South Wales, Australia, Records of Appointments to Government Offices, 1814-1825; Public Service Lists, 1858-1870 
 *Motion Picture Studio Directories, 1919 and 1921

Read a book, give a book

Do you want to encourage your kids to read and at the same time help out a worthy cause? We Give Books is an online initiative created by the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Books. Your child can read a book online and then choose a charitable organization to which We Give Books will donate a book. The selections are award-winning books that are both fiction and nonfiction for children up to age ten. Read a book, get a book donated! - It’s that simple! Some examples of campaigns that can receive books you donate are Hope for Haiti, Jumpstart for Young Children, and Room to Read. If you have the Internet at home, just get started, or use your library’s Internet access. Check out!  

Are you interested in historical newspapers? The Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project gives you free full-text access to many newspapers from 1860-1922 from several states. Arizona is one of them. Click here to read about events reported when they actually happened ( and find out more about our state’s history. Get better prepared for the Centennial coming up in 2012.
5 Best Sites to Help Students Prepare for the SATs
One expert who has tutored many kids in preparing for hte SAT test, suggests these free sites for those who cannot afford to pay for tutoring lessons or want resources to study on their own:,,,, and
Don't forget, after studying, get test-taking confidence by utilizing Learning Express Library's practice test for the SAT, provided for you at no charge by Navajo County Library District. All you need is a library card. Click here to get started.Learning Express

Click Here for 85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians
Secret Life of Bees PlayawayWho Listens to Playaways?
Find them in the catalog by typing "playaway audiobook" in the title search (or just CLICK HERE to browse our collection.- this link, however, also includes the PlayAway Views which are DVDs)
  • Commuters love Playaways because they do not have to change CDs or tapes on the go!
  • Seniors love Playaways because they do not have to fumble with loading or unloading tapes or CDs.
  • Children love them because they can hear their favorite Kidz bop songs, ghost stories, nursery rhymes over and over without losing any tapes or CDs.
  • Teens love Playaways because they can hear their classic novel assigned for English class and their friends think they are listening to the latest music and have no idea their buddies are doing their homework!
  • Everybody loves them because they are portable!