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FIVE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT WINTER
Yes the holidays are over and it's still getting dark early, but there are many great things about this time of year:
1. There is less chance of needing to put on a swimsuit.
Depending upon where you live in the U.S., you might be able to avoid a bathing suit for all or at least part of the season. Fortunately you don't need to dress the part to enjoy a gripping beach read.
There is so much going on this time of year in sports. Post Season Football and the Superbowl of course are the most popular on Television. There is also plenty to do outside that everyone can enjoy. Have you ever tried going somewhere where you can downhill or cross-country ski? Snowmobiling, Tubing, and Snowboarding are also increasingly popular. Perhaps you would like to read about the options before you decide what to try.
3. Comfort Food
There is no better time of year than Winter to curl up with some homemade macaroni and cheese, lasagna, or maybe a slow cooker soup.
4. Time for Hobbies
With generally fewer outdoor responsibilities, the Winter can offer a blissful respite from working all weekend after a full work week. This is the time to try woodwork, maybe fix some things around the house, or get back into knitting. You might find something you and/or the whole family love to do all year round.
5. Turning In Early
While the sun is still going down early, take advantage of it by getting snug and comfy in your favorite pajamas and some blankets. Here are a few reads that will help you sleep better, make you laugh about not being able to sleep, and some that are just fun to read.
Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's Reading Resolution! Second Choice for His Book Club
Mark Zuckerberg, multi-billionaire and CEO of Facebook, Inc. announced his New Year's resolution for 2015 - to finish a new book every two weeks. He launchied his new goal on a Facebook page called "A Year of Books", where he posts the books he's reading and participants can discuss them with him.
His first choice was the book by Moisés Naím called The End of Power. He states his reason for choosing this book: "It’s a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations. The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply, and I’m looking forward to reading this book and exploring this in more detail."
Now his second choice announced on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, is the book by Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, with the central argument that humanity has become increasingly less violent over the course of civilization. This thick volume is 830 pages long, so Zuckerberg is allowing four weeks before the discussion on Facebook begins. The author Steven Pinker is a psychology professor with an optimistic view of the world, who has written The Language Instinct and The Blank Slate, among other psychology books.
New Year's Resolutions by Readers
Some posts on Buzzfeed.com
Read 25 books.
- Read all the J. R. R. Tolkien books.
- Read at least 100 pages a day.
- Read more plays and poetry.
- Read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.
- Read all of Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Read for an hour a day.
- Read more nonfiction.
- Read all of Agatha Christie's books
- Stop reading in the dark.
- Read more Charles Dickens
- Read 125 books.
- Quit social media to read more.
- Read all of the Harry Potter books.
- Read more classic novels.
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Want to Try a Mystery Classic?
Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lenox detective novels, recently recommended these five classic mysteries for anyone who loves the mystery genre. Our libraries have copies of all but the Ross Macdonald title:
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
Internet Meme Star Grumpy Cat an Arizona Resident
Did you know that the famous meme star, Grumpy Cat, lives in Arizona. Maybe not Arizona's biggest claim to fame, but lately Grumpy Cat has taken the Internet by storm. Living in Morristown, Arizona, Grumpy Cat (given name Tardar Sauce) has become such a craze she has written two books on her philosophy of life. She is even working on a TV movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever which airs November 29 on Lifetime.
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Interested in Arizona's Economic Future over the next 30 years?
Bill Gates' Favorite Business Book
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
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15 Emergency Maintenance Jobs You Can Learn With Online Videos
Five Fun Lit Links for Book Nerds
suggested by the Open Road Reader site
|NUMBER ONE Curl up *in* a good book|
|NUMBER TWO Writerly wisdom for word nerds on Pinterest|
|NUMBER THREE 50 states, 50 library cards on BuzzFeed. (How amazing is Phoenix?)|
|NUMBER FOUR A New Yorker cartoon + Shakespeare = must share!|
|NUMBER FIVE The (very relatable) "Problems of a Book Nerd" blog
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
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|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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Website access on your Mobile Device - try it out!
Navajo County Library District has discontinued its subscription to Library Anywhere, a downloadable app to access the online catalog on your mobile device. Instead our website has now been configured so that when you go to www.navajocountylibraries.org on your mobile phone or tablet, you are prompted to "Try the library's mobile site". No app needed. This will make it much easier to view content, search the catalog, and see the member libraries' hours and addresses while on the go.
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
- “I can’t afford to buy study materials”
- “Between work and responsibilities at home, I just don’t have the time to study.”
- “I can’t find a partner for speaking practice.”
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 couldn’t fit on the map. You’ll even find a place to submit more suggestions for the list of books about Arizona: http://www.readingarizona.org/booklist.
Top 100 Employers in Arizona
as listed in the Arizona Republic
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.
Can’t See to Read Any More? There’s Help!
The Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library, www.lib.az.us/braille, provides materials to Arizona residents who are blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled free of charge! Books are available in audio book and Braille formats. The program provides reading selections, the audio book player, and a patron's Librarian – yes, your own personal reader’s advisor! All materials are mailed and returned through the postal service and there are no additional costs with this public service. Library materials are comparable to library materials available on loan at community libraries. Read the Talking Book News 2012 Summer Newsletter.
The Talking Book Library provides public library services to all Arizona residents so "that all may read". The library's website is www.lib.az.us/braille. Applications for patron services can be completed, printed, and mailed to the library from the "how to apply" page. A doctor or your local librarian can certify that you are in need of these services.
The Talking Book Library now has a new digital player that is super easy to use. If you can no longer read print material or physically cannot turn pages, don’t hesitate to get signed up! For more information call 800-255-5578.
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! - 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 www.wegivebooks.org!
Powerful database for general reference
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 (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) and find out more about our state’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!