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.
Bearport Publishing offers 10 FREE ebooks
Bearport Publishing is offering 10 FREE ebooks from their award winning Science Slam! program through August 31, 2014, as part of the Summer Reading Program. These ebooks range from PreK level to grade 3. Just visit the website below and use the username and password provided on the page itself.
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
TumbleBook's Graphic Novel Summer Reading Program
Through the summer, TumbleBooks is offering free access to its graphic novels for teens and adults. Some novels include A/R and Grade reading levels. Read in your browser or from your smartphone or tablet. Click here or on the graphic above to get started.
"Log in with your smart phone and check out how great our graphic novels look on your device!" -TumbleBooks
New, for Navajo County Library Patrons! Britannica Library!
Navajo County Library District now gives 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 Libraries' library card. Let's get started!
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, start the conversation about mental health in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends, loved ones and clients to learn more about improving mental health and illness.
Here's how you can get involved:
- Visit Mentalhealth.gov to get more information on mental health resources.
- Pledge to increase awareness of mental illness and mental health promotion in diverse communities. Choose from a list of personal and/or community steps to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in your life and in your community. Choose your pledge now.
- Host a community event. Find a local organization that specializes in mental health, and coordinate a community event. SAMHSA provides a list of organizations that can assist in the organization and execution of a community event to raise mental health awareness. Find an organization.
- Save the Date: Twitter chat on mental health. Tweet with us July 17 at 2 pm EDT, using #MMHMChat.
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:
SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
Summer finally arrived on June 21st. It is time to slow down a bit, pull up a chair, and dive right in to a good book.
Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror and Redemption
By Michael Cosgrove
A cool breeze and a salt water spray on a hot summer day does sound refreshing, but only if the boat ride is just a short tour or perhaps a nice cruise with entertainment. I am not brave enough to endure months at a time on open ocean on just a private sailing vessel. The author of this riveting memoir left his rather cushy home at the age of sixty in search of the adventure of a lifetime as well as an inner quest. He did find what he was looking for, but he also discovered hallucinations, mental breakdowns, and stormy weather. Although the water was not entirely smooth, the memoir will inspire readers to find their own adventures.
"..amazing, entertaining, a must read, a treasure of a book!"
- An Amazon.com reader review
Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World
by Kathleen Jamie
*Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Non-Fiction
*Winner of the 2014 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book
*Winner of the Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2013
The message behind this evocative collection of essays seems to tell its readers to open their eyes, look, listen, and feel. It is about staying in the moment. The author takes selected vignettes from her trips around the world, and helps you experience them in your own way.
"Exquisite..this is a book that will stay with you..a work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we are lucky to have it"-
The Sunday Telegraph
"At which point I put the book down and thought 'I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think like that'. It's like that pretty much all the way through"
- The Guardian
A Crowded Marriage
by Catherine Alliot
We all have our little worlds that we have grown accustomed to, but how do we deal with it when it all must change? When Imogen and her husband face unexpected financial insecurity, they leave their agreeable London townhouse for a modest country rental owned by someone Imogene would rather never deal with; her husband's ex-girlfriend. It is a marvelous, laughable tale of what can happen in life and the tells readers of what we all need to bring to relationships in order to make it through.
"Hilarious and full of surprises"- The Daily Telegraph
"A joy..your in for a treat"- Daily Express
The Last Telegram
By Sheila Kay Adams
If your idea of summer reading is an unforgettable romance, this novel is for you. It is the intelligent, heart pounding love story of a young woman who worked at her family's silk factory during World War II and a love that bloomed despite the surrounding turmoil.
"..beautifully moving..reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks "The Notebook"
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book
by Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield
What goes better with hot days than ice cream? Frozen dairy dessert experts Ben and Jerry started their now famous business in Vermont after completing a $5 ice cream making correspondence course. Their ice cream is now sold all over the world. In this book, Ben and Jerry share their entertaining history as well as how deceptively simple it is to make your own scrumptious creations that are much cheaper to make then to buy. Ben and Jerry show you how to make their famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Dastardly Mash, Oreo Mint, and a lot more, right in your own home! The book was given over 600 positive reviews on Amazon.com. You can give it a try by downloading it from your library.
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
Hopi Mobile Computer Lab on the Road!
On Feb. 19, the Hopi Public Library staff held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hopi Mobile Computer Lab that is now ready to bring public access to the Internet and computers to the various villages on the Hopi Reservation. The mobile computer lab intends to operate in tandem with the Hopi Bookmobile, so patrons can find the schedule of stops on the Members' page of this website and also on the radio. The Mobile Computer Lab is the result of a federal Native American Enhancement grant awarded to the Hopi Tribe by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC. We are thrilled that people will have this free online access through the library program. The mobile lab will also be offering computer classes. The lab has six workstations, and people can also bring their laptops and take advantage of the computer lab's high speed bandwidth via satellite.
Pictured from left: Shauntella Silas, the Hopi Junior/Senior High School Princess, Hale Kahe, Computer Lab Technician, Dr. Noreen Sakiestewa, Education Director, Geneva Durkee, Navajo County Library District Director, and Dinah Pongyesva, Bookmobile Librarian.
Young Show Low Library Patrons and their Book Buddies
Young Show Low Public Library patrons got their book buddies from Gabrielle, Children's Librarian, last week during "Take Your Child to the Library Week". Try to read a book a day with your child or grandchild!
Children at the Pinetop-Lakeside Library and Their Book Buddies
Children at the Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library show off their Book Buddies they received during "Take Your Child to the Library Week". Make sure your child gets to the library to get books to read.
Whiteriver Head Start and Their Book Buddies
Whiteriver youngsters enjoyed receiving their book buddies at the Whiteriver Public Library during "Take Your Child to the Library Week". Visit your library often during February's Love Your Library month.
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
More Languages Available through Mango Languages
More Mango to love!
A bheil Gàidhlig agaibh? Good news - we've got a course for that.
Navajo County Library District is excited to announce the addition of 14 new language courses to our complete subscription to Mango Languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Hungarian, Kazakh, Serbian, Yiddish, Bengali, Malay, Malayalam, Punjabi, Telugu, Scottish Gaelic, ESL Arabic MSA and ESL Armenian.
From our website link create an account on the Mango site or log into your existing account and get started learning. You can also access the courses on your mobile device - smartphone, iPad, etc. or your computer.
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!
Playaway Views - Check out our newest media!
The Library District has added Playaway Views
in eight libraries in the county. 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.
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!