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|Dimestore: A Writer's Life|
|by Lee Smith
* A March 2016 LibraryReads.org pick
*A March 2016 Amazon.com pick for 'Best Book of The Month'
Dimestore: A Writer's Life is the entertaining, heart-wrenching, and deeply honest memoir of the best-selling and award winning author.
“Candid and unsentimental, Smith's book sheds light on her beginnings as writer while revealing her resilience and personal transformations over the course of a remarkable lifetime. A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Dimestore is a love letter to the people and places that made a writer out of a small town Southern girl, and to the love, heartbreak, and power of creating her own stories that came after."
- An Amazon.com editorial review
*available March 22nd
|We Love You, Charlie Freeman|
|By Kaitlyn Greenidge
The Freeman family is fluent in sign language, so they are chosen by an educational institution to participate in an experiment. They are asked to live on campus with a chimpanzee that was abandoned by it's mother. The family chooses to accept the assignment. Will the secrets they find out about the institution, coupled with the tensions of being the only black family in their community tear them apart?
“…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
“Kaitlyn Greenidge’s masterful debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman is at heart an examination of race and language — an African-American family is hired by a New England research institute to raise and teach sign language to a chimpanzee, but the institute has a shockingly dark past. We Love You, Charlie Freeman skillfully tackles history and heavy subjects with both humor and thoughtfulness; this book proves Greenidge will be a literary force to be reckoned with.” —Buzzfeed.com
|The Girl In The Well is Me|
*A Top 10 Spring 2016 Kids Indie Next Pick
Like many of us, Kammie Summers has a lot of problems in her life. Feeling alone with her situation, she makes an effort to fit in with the popular girls at school. The girls lead her to believe she is invited into their clique, but it's really just a trap.
“Darkly humorous . . . honest and forthcoming . . . [Kammie’s] reflections in the heart of darkness (both literally and figuratively) are where the story hits its stride . . . It’s in the quiet moments when Kammie is along with her thoughts—which become surreal hallucinations—that the book comes alive . . . original and truthful.”
—New York Times Book Review
“A brilliantly revealed, sometimes even funny, exploration of courage, the will to live, and the importance of being true to oneself... Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Cedar Fire Information
For citizens of Navajo County that are without a means to get updates on the Cedar Fire, please feel free to visit one of our member libraries and use our public computers. These computers are free to use, but you may be asked to present a library card or drivers license to use them. Great resources for updates on the Cedar Fire are:
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June is Audiobook Month! - Get Caught Listening
Navajo County Public Libraries have many unabridged audiobooks on CD, PlayAway, Downloadables from OneClickDigital, and even still audiobooks on cassette. Don't be bored while doing mundane, routine tasks, or commuting, or traveling. Seize the opportunity to listen to some great audiobooks. We've got fiction and nonfiction and lots of bestsellers. Talented narrators make the books come alive.
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:
Suggestions for eBooks From Freading - Try an eBook today!
Freading has over 60,000 eBook titles, with more being added weekly. Just register with your library card and get started. Below are some suggestions:
Eli Manning, The Making of a Quarterback by Ralph Vacchiano is for more than just fans of the New York Giants, it's for any fan of football who is interested in what it takes to play as a professional. This book is sure to help keep football loving fathers happy until the season starts again.
"a must read for Giants Fans and for all football lovers."-Sports Illustrated
Newscaster Tom Brokaw wrote that Blood Knots by Luke Jennings "commands our awe and admiration". The book is a gripping memoir about fathers, friendship and fishing.
Best-selling and critically acclaimed Golf writer James Dodson returns to the place where his father first introduced him the game that shaped his life in A Son Of The Game. Not only does his trip to the sand hills of North Carolina inspire him to reconnect to his beloved sport, but he introduces his own son to the joys of learning golf.
"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus
For dads that are looking to reach their fitness goals faster and who want more tips on gaining strength without injury, 101 Workouts for Men is an excellent resource. An Amazon.com reader wrote "I saw drastic improvements in my core strength and my endurance."
The author of the famous "Menswear Dog" blog has created the outstanding Menswear Dog Presents- The New Classics for expert, practical advice on Men's clothing. There are numerous tips that will help busy fathers feel comfortable and stylish in almost any situation. Men's Fitness writes "“Classic garments every guy needs. . . . [The book] includes scores of helpful (not to mention hilarious) photos and honest-to-God useful styling tips.”
The New York Times has declared best-selling author Dave Barry "the funniest man in America". His book entitled My Teenage Son's Goal In Life is To Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old is his view of parenting. He delves into the humor of subjects that most fathers will be familiar with such as traveling with kids on vacation, homework, and trying to keep up with the newest trends.
Click here to go to the Library District's Freading site
Getting dirt under their fingernails is just the beginning for farmers and home gardeners at Living Web Farms, where a wide array of workshops are offered in a demonstration farm setting. While they are located in North Carolina, making it difficult for those of us in the west to participate in their demonstrations, Living Web Farms archive the demonstrations for all to view and learn from. To check them out, visit Living Web Farms' website here.
The Big Picture for Arizona's Little Kids
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.
ComicsPlus eBook Additions
We are pleased to announce the addition of IDW Publishing to the Comics Plus collection that Navajo County Library District subscribes to and can be downloaded 24/7.
IDW Publishing offers comics and graphic novels as well as 281 series for all ages—including Transformers, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, My Little Pony, Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Trek, X-Files, G.I. Joe, and Godzilla.
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.
Rim Community Library Manager Receives Award
Kathleen Shea, the dedicated hard-working volunteer library manager for the Rim Community Library, received the Volunteer of the Year award at the State Library Conference recently. Nominations are submitted from all around the state. Kathleen certainly deserves to be chosen the Volunteer of the Year as she has steered her library forward and implemented so many programs, all on her own time. She received her award at the Library Conference Awards Luncheon held in Flagstaff.
Geneva, County Librarian, Kathleen (center) and Holly Henley, Deputy Director of the Arizona State Library. Geneva submitted the nomination to the AZLA committee.
That All May Read
by Christine Tuttle
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 http://www.woodalls.com/
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 Grantwriting 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 Explore.org
Explore.org 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.
Helping Struggling Readers
Bookmobile Fun Times
Playaway Views - More added to the Libraries' collections
Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book
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
Arizona KIDS COUNT® Data Book summary one pager
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15 Emergency Maintenance Jobs You Can Learn With Online 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
Images of the Arizona Capitol Museum
|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
How Healthy is Navajo County?
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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
20 Simple & Fun Ways to Practice a Foreign Language
- â€śI canâ€™t afford to buy study materialsâ€ť
- â€śBetween work and responsibilities at home, I just donâ€™t have the time to study.â€ť
- â€śI canâ€™t find a partner for speaking practice.â€ť
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
A Literary Map of Arizona
Check out Reading Arizona; The Literary Landscape at http://www.readingarizona.org. One hundred favorite titles that help tell the story of our state are plotted on an interactive map. With a variety of genres, the literary map has something for readers of all ages.
Also included on the website are many more titles that were suggested that couldnâ€™t fit on the map. Youâ€™ll even find a place to submit more suggestions for the list of books about Arizona: http://www.readingarizona.org/booklist.
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 â€“ or more â€“ 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.
Downloadable Audiobooks - A New Download Site
Genealogy Database Adds Collections
New, notable collections include:
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! - Itâ€™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 libraryâ€™s Internet access. Check out www.wegivebooks.org!
Are you interested in historical newspapers? The Library of Congressâ€™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 (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) and find out more about our stateâ€™s history. Get better prepared for the Centennial coming up in 2012.
Click Here for 85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians
- 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!