Stephen King challenges John Grisham
to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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 several books on her philosophy of life. She is even working on a TV movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever which airs this November on Lifetime.
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
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!
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:
You may have heard of certain books, or the movies adapted from them, but do you know who wrote the original stories? And what else has that author written? Your next favorite read is out there waiting to be discovered.
Thanks to the 2014 Oscars, many more people know that Solomon Northrop wrote 12 Years A Slave. There are countless more books on Freading that you may or may not realize have been to a theater near you. Some examples are:
Author Michael Chabon wrote Wonder Boys which was adapted to a film starring Michael Douglas in 2000. Chabon is a Pulitzer Prize winning author that has written many critically acclaimed novels. His first book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was also adapted into a movie starring Nick Nolte and Sienna Miller and it was released in 2009. Both of these highly successful books and more from this author can be downloaded with your library card.
The best known novel by Leon Urdis might be Exodus. It was made into a major motion picture starring Paul Newman. Or perhaps it was Topaz. This book was adapted into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. There is a reason why Hollywood spent millions putting these stories on the big screen. You can start reading them today to find out why.
You may have heard of a little award-winning film starring Meryl Streep entitled Sophie's Choice. William Styron wrote the book before it was based on. Later in his life, Mr. Stryon later had a major battle with depression that he was able to get through, and share in his unforgettable memoir: Darkness Visible. The Guardian writes that the book " offers hope and guidance to anyone who has been affected by the condition...It's message is this:depression is conquerable."
Author Pat Conroy has a couple of books that were made into Oscar-nominated films. There is the incredibly famous and mesmerizing Prince of Tides. He also wrote The Great Santini about a Marine fighter pilot who experiences the military just prior to the Vietnam War.
We would be remiss not to mention The Color Purple by Alice Walker who won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel that was adopted into a film starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Just a few of her other highly regarded novels on Freading include: The Temple of My Familiar, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens, and Horses Make The Landscape Look More Beautiful.
FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE!!
Whether you watch the game or not, these books will make you glad its that time of year...
Why is football so popular in the United States, but not so much in other countries? "How Football Explains America" by Sal Paolantonio is an intriguing look into how the sport reflects
American society. - "This volume has surprisingly insightful things to
say about football as a sociocultural phenomenon. Expect some interest
beyond football fans"-Booklist
"Lombardi & Landry: How Two Of Pro Footballs greatest coaches launched their legend's and changed the game forever" By Ernie Palladino is an easy to read and informative view of the game and two legendary coaches. Booklist calls it " a revealing look at a significant time in NFL history"
Catching Jordan" by Miranda Kenneally is for young adults. The
heroine, Jordan, is a girl who is quarterback on a team of boys. The
reviews say it all:""Catching Jordan is a definite read for everyone; sports fan or not" - World of Books;"Jordan is a strong and independent young woman. Who just happens to be the best football player in the state, and a girl."
- The Book Whisperer
And what is a football game without food???
"A Football Cookbook" By Sarah L Schuette will help answer all those questions about what to make for the next game.
Although the cover states the recipes are for kids, fans of all ages
will truly appreciate recipes such as Touchdown Chili and Goalpost
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.
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!