Jane Austen's Birthday - Dec. 16, 1775
If you haven't read any of this famous English author's works, consider reading Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, or any of her other novels that give us a realistic picture of rural life in early 19th Century England. Download the Austen novels to listen to them or check them out from the library. We have several movies that are adaptations of her works.
Keep up-to-date on the United States Congress with this website:
Presented by the Library of Congress, Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
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.
Suggestions for eBooks From Freading - Try an eBook today!
Freading has over 40,000 eBook titles, with more being added weekly. Just register with your library card and get started. Below are some suggestions:
author Alice Hoffman has had her amazing work published in twenty
different languages all over the world. Her short fiction and
non-fiction have been published in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and The Boston Globe Magazine. Her novels have received notable mentions from Library Journal, The New York Times and People Magazine among others. Multiple novels from Ms. Hoffman are now available on Freading. Just a few of them are highlighted below.
Stunning novel that tells the story of a family fractured by illness and how life can stop any of us in our tracks at anytime.
"deeply impressive...powerful"- Newsweek
"Compassionate...this is a serious, honest novel"-Village Voice
"Brilliant"- The Chicago Tribune
Set in summertime
on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. It is the story of
several seemingly ordinary lives that are intertwined in unexpected
comedy with tragedy...a narrative that somehow makes a myth out of the
sticky complexities of contemporary marriage...her characters are
branded into one's memory"- The New York Times Book Review
" Reading an authentic prose stylist of high order is an uncommon privilege"- The Boston Globe
The narrator is a
lonely, intelligent 17-year-old girl who feels like an outsider and
just wants to belong. She joins a street gang in her attempt to feel a
part of something.
"A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman, able to count on many pleasures"- USA Today
"She is a born storyteller"-Entertainment Weekly
A young woman is
abandoned by her boyfriend when he discovers she is pregnant. The girl
hopes to find comfort in visit to a fortune teller but does not know
that her visit will start a new chain of events in the fortune teller's
"Breathtaking...heartwarming...intimate and lovely"- People Magazine
"One of those rare books that isn't comparable to other books at all"
- The Boston Herald
" A seductive exploration of the nature of friendship, the exquisite presence of beauty and magic"- Publishers Weekly
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.
Interested in Arizona's Economic Future over the next 30 years?
Check out this article in the new Fall issue of Arizona's Economy. "Find
out where the twists are in Arizona’s economic forecast as EBRC
Director George Hammond takes out, not the binoculars, but the telescope
to gaze at the 30-year economic forecast horizon in the lead article "A Long and Winding Road: The Arizona 30-year Outlook.”
And here's another fact about Arizona's economy. "Did you know that nearly 40% of all farmers in Arizona are women, compared to only 14% nationally? In "The Changing Face of Agriculture in Arizona,” Val Rice reviews this and other startling results for Arizona from the just-released 2012 Census of Agriculture."
(from the Economic Business and Research Center)
Bill Gates' Favorite Business Book
BILL GATES' FAVORITE BUSINESS BOOK
If you have never visited gatesnotes, the blog of Bill Gates, give it a try when you have the chance. Mr. Gates recommends his favorite books on his site. In his most recent blog update, He calls "Business Adventures" by John Brooks "the best business book ever". It was apparently originally lent to him by Warren Buffett. Now, those are two people we would not mind getting business advice from! After the book was publicly recommended by Mr. Gates, it quickly became one of the top "most wished for" titles on Amazon.com.
Download Business Adventures for free with your library card on Freading.
Playaway Views - More added to the Libraries' collections
The 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
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
• Chinese, Cantonese
• Chinese, Mandarin
| • ESL Arabic, MSA
• ESL Armenian
• ESL Spanish
• French, Canadian
• Haitian Creole
• Portuguese, Brazil
• Spanish, Latin America
• Spanish, Spain
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.
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!
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
Welcome 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
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 www.countyhealthrankings.org
. 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!
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.”
Excuses. Trust us, we've heard them all. The truth is, if you really want to learn a language, you’ll find a way to do it. There’s actually many easy, simple and fun ways to infuse language-learning into your everyday routine – most of which cost little or nothing at all. To prove it, we put together a list of 20 suggestions to get you started. Please use Mango Languages which the Library District subscribes to for you!
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.
Our subscription to the Mango foreign language
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).
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
The Arizona Republic has listed the top 100 employers in Arizona for 2012. Click here to view
. Looking for a job? See our Jobs & Careers page
for a list of job hunting and preparation resources.
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
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
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 www.wegivebooks.org!
Powerful database for general reference
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.
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.
5 Best Sites to Help Students Prepare for the SATs
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.
Click Here for 85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians
Who 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!