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|Pancakes in Paris|
|by Craig Carlson
Author Craig Carlson grew up in a working class New England town. While he was in school, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life. That all changed when he visited France during a college year abroad. He decided he wanted to live Paris. The author put his love of Paris and his love of food together to make more than a dream, he created a successful way of life.
"The author demonstrates that no idea is too crazy if one has the determination to pursue it to its fruition. A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business." - Kirkus
[A] sweet and entertaining memoir details how a former Hollywood screenwriter opens an American diner in Paris and lives happily after...Carlson's narrative is an inspirational, tasty trip through one man's delightful and hard-won success." - Publishers Weekly
*Out and available for downloading on September 6th
|Now A USA Today Best Seller|
|The Most Popular of 2016|
Members of BookoftheMonth.com selected their favorite books of 2016 so far, and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" by Ed Tarkington was one of the few that made the top cut. Click on the image of the book to login and download it today.
“A lush mystery-within-a-coming-of-age-tale-within-a-Southern-Gothic. If a book could have an Instagram filter, Tarkington’s would be set on something called ‘Nostalgic’ . . . interesting, readable and beautifully written.”—NPR Books
“Set against the backbeat of classic rock hits of the 1970s, Ed Tarkington’s pitch-perfect first novel pays tribute to music, love and growing up in small-town America... it's a novel about love. Love for the music that informed Tarkington’s formative years and love for the familial and romantic relationships that can hurt as much as uplift us.”—Chicago Tribune
Presidents Day Closures
Please be aware that the member libraries of the Navajo County Library District will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 20. The Holbrook Public Library will be closed on Saturday as well. All the digital resources normally available through your library will still be available online and are accessible by clicking this link. Have a great day!
February is Library Lovers' Month - Be Sure to Visit!
Take some time in February during Library Lovers' month to get updated with all your public library has to offer. If you haven't visited for a while, please get reacquainted.The hours of the fourteen member libraries are found by clicking on the Members tab. Readers are Leaders!
2017 Read Harder Challenege
Start 2017 off with a bang by starting the third annual Read Harder Challenge, offered by Book Riot.
Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging to two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks, or read one book per task. I’ve said it the last two challenges, so it bears repeating: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.” Click here to view a PDF of the challenge objectives, and go here to learn more about the challenge!
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Popular Technology Courses through TechBoomers
The Library District has a link to TechBoomer's classes on our "Information for Seniors" page and here is a list of their most popular courses in 2016. If you're unsure how to use these handy online resources, TechBoomers has developed very easy classes to learn about them quickly.
TechBoomers top 10 "Learning" and "Everyday" courses of 2016
At Ancestry.com, you can build a family tree based on information that you know, and then follow hints and search through records to uncover your family's past.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/ancestry
Lynda.com can help you learn the skills being used in today's leading industries, either for a job or just a hobby. Follow video tutorials from experts in their fields.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/lynda
Get the classroom experience at home or on the go. With Coursera, you can register for and take over 1500 online courses from leading academic institutions worldwide.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/coursera
Dropbox is computer file management made easy. Protect your files by storing them on a secure server, and then share them with friends, family, and colleagues.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/dropbox
5. Google Drive
Google Drive is like a second hard drive for your computer. You can store your computer files on it, share your files with others, and create new office documents.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/google-drive
6. Google Maps
Google Maps is a multi-function map tool that lets you get the lay of the land, see details on notable landmarks and businesses, and even ask for directions!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/google-maps
Uber is the popular new independent taxi service that lets you get picked up wherever you want. Choose to ride in style, or save money by splitting fares or carpooling.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/uber
Wikipedia is the encyclopedia written for the Internet, by the Internet! Look up some quick information on a topic, or contribute by writing or expanding an entry!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/wikipedia
WebMD features free and fairly reliable information and news on health-related matters. Check your symptoms, look up drugs, or find health professionals near you.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/webmd
Turn to Yelp to find essential information on local businesses in your area, as well as reviews of their services by people who have been there before you.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/yelp
PlayAway Launchpads now available at a library near you!
Navajo County Library District has started a new rotating collection of PlayAway Launchpad tablets, rechargeable tablets that are pre-loaded with at least ten educational video games for ages 3-5; 5-7; and 8-10. These are tremendously helpful in increasing early literacy/school readiness skills. Elementary students will find great games to practice math, science and reading. Check out these new tablets for seven days at the libraries in Clay Springs, Heber, Holbrook, Pinedale, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Snowflake, Winslow, and Woodruff.
Hopi Public Library receives award
Suggestions for eBooks From Freading - Try an eBook today!
Freading has over 70,000 eBook titles, with more being added weekly available to our library card holders for FREE. Just register with your library card and get started. Below are some suggestions:
|Do You Need An Escape?|
There is always a lot going on in the world. The present time is no exception. If you're looking to change gears and experience something outside of what you hear and see every day, login in to the Freading site and be taken into another world.
The Girl From Paris by Joan Aiken
Ellen moves to Paris as many young girls dream of doing. She is to be the governess for a young noble family. When a family crisis forces her back to England, she is reminded of what is truly important in life.
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro
Set right at the brink of World War II, 'The Muralist' is the mesmerizing story of a young, talented American painter named Alizee. Her friends and peers are the
crème de la crème of the art world and she has connections all the way to the White House. Why is it that no one has any idea what happened when she goes missing?
The Muralist is certainly an engrossing tale. Perhaps it will also send a few readers to the Museum of Modern Art for a fresh look at the craft of Rothko, Pollock, and their contemporaries. That would be a wonderful, and very un-abstract, mingling of art and real life.”
—New York Journal of Books
The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon
The latest riveting novel by double Emmy nominee Dianne Dixon is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Other Sister is the story of fraternal twins Ali and Morgan. Ali is the more attractive of the two and always seemed to get everything she wanted according to Morgan. When Morgan starts to sabotage her sister in small ways, she has no idea that is about to entangle herself in a much larger drama.
"Through acute imagery and with beautifully deep insight, Dixon unveils the complex rawness of human beings and demonstrates how even the ugliest incidents and secrets can still lead to joy.
" - Booklist
How To Charm A Beekeeper's Heart by Candice Sue Patterson
Huck Anderson is not interested in weddings or romance. When he inherits a commercial building that happens to have a failing bridal boutique as a tenant, he decides to evict them. Will he change his mind when he discovers the owner of the boutique is a woman from his past?
I love it when I open a book and connect with characters so well. I was drawn in from the very first paragraph. I am very thankful a friend recommended this book to me."
- An Amazon.com reader review
The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick
Eleanor of Aquitaine was imprisoned by her husband and separated from her children, but she did not let any of this render her powerless. Upon the death of her husband King Henry, she immediately took control of the throne. Her spirit and strength were tested to the limits as she attempted to keep peace as well as protect the future of her children and grandchildren.
"Each and every historical figure comes to life, and readers familiar and unfamiliar with the contentious relationship between husband and wife and their dysfunctional family will be fascinated by the politics, plots, and their love/hate relationships. Here is a novel that teaches history painlessly, delivering a story made more intriguing because it is all true. 4.5 stars, top pick!"
- RT Book Reviews
Click here to go to the Library District's Freading site
by Peter Grant
Looking to start a business? Take a look at the Census Business Builder tool offered by the United States Census Bureau.
The Business Builder offers a simple map-based interface that allows you to enter your type of business, choose a geographic area, and retrieve data such as household size, median income, or even find the number of comparable businesses and information about their receipts and revenue.
Try it here: https://cbb.census.gov/sbe/#
How Many AZ Children Live in Poverty? Access the Kids Count Statistics to Find Out
New county-level statistics compiled by Children’s Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show a detailed insight into child poverty, academic achievement, child safety and juvenile crime in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data from 2009 – 2014, comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged from the Great Recession. The report also includes a look into the lives of Arizona families affected by public policies.
To view the entire report, click here.
To access the Navajo County statistics directly, click here.
Book Readers Live Longer!
A recent study published in the Social Science and Medicine Journal reveals the finding of scientists that people who read books live on average two years longer than people who read no books at all. Magazines and newspapers had some benefits but not as much as reading books. Read more about the study in this New York Times blog.
Get in Touch with the Outdoors! Go Geocaching!
Need Help With Technology? Show Low Library Computer Lab has Classes.
Lots of free classes for all ages are offered at the Show Low Public Library Computer Lab on Mondays and Tuesdays - Basic Windows, downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, email, Facebook, genealogy and more. Check the Event Calendar for dates and times.
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:
Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that takes in care packages for members of the military and distributes them to those who do not receive support from home. The response has overwhelmed the recipients, as well. AnySoldier updates from the men and women in service express gratitude, joy and awe at the support they receive. For more information about this organization, visit them 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 Grant writing 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?
Track your reading history?
How do you decide whether to keep reading a book?
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
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
1940 United States Census Released
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 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!