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The Library District now subscribes to eAudiobook Bestsellers from OneClickDigital. These can only be checked out to one person at a time, so you may have to place a hold but click below to listen to the most popular fiction right now.


 

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eSequels
 
 
 
Use eSequels to quickly find out what book comes next in a series. (This resource is for our Navajo County patrons only. For patron barcode, type in the first 4 numbers of your library card only)

NoveList Plus
 
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. NoveList Pluswill help you to answer the question of what to read next.
 
Here are three more links to help you find great books to read:
 
Book Reporter
Book Spot
Goodreads

LibraryElf.com
Library Elf Track your library books. Let Elf help you manage your library loans and holds. Avoid overdues with email alerts. Check multiple library cards. Track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc. Join for free. Please click here to create your account.

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Looking for a book at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com? Want to know if your library has it before you buy? Try out the new 'Check Library' browser button.
This button is helpful when you are reading any article or online newspaper that reviews a book. You can quickly check if it's in our library catalog.


Click here for an overview of the service.
Some suggestions of eBooks to download:
                   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
 
 
 
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald is now a USA Today Best Seller in addition to being a New York Times Best Seller. If you have not downloaded it yet, it's the captivating story of two women who cultivated a long distance friendship over time. They met due to their mutual love of books. 
 
Just click on the image, then login to download and start reading.
 
Swedish author Bivald's debut novel is a delight….As in Austen, love conquers but just who and how will come as a pleasant surprise.”
- Publishers Weekly
 
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
 

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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
The Hopi Public Library's mobile library services (bookmobile and mobile computer lab) were just awarded the  International Guardians of Culture and Lifeways Library Institutional Excellence Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Noreen Sakiestewa and Dinah Pongyesva attended ATALM’s International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums held in Phoenix this year to accept the award. The bookmobile visits twelve villages on the Hopi Reservation on a regular basis four days a week, and the mobile computer lab provides Internet access on public access computers during visits to five villages. Hopi staff are very deserving of this award as they bring library services to remote areas under often difficult circumstances and inclement weather.
 

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
 
Census Business Builder Small Business Edition
by Peter Grant  
Business Builder Logo
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.
 
(from the State Library of Arizona Capitol Stacks newsletter)
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!
Ten of the public libraries in the county have a hidden geocache. Find them all! It's lots of fun for the family or a club activity such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girls Scouts. (No geocaches yet in Hopi, Cibecue, Whiteriver or McNary) After you have found the cache, why not stop in and find books on geocaching and other outdoor activities?!
 

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:









































 
Featured Website

                                                

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
State-National Comparisons in Three Key Areas
 


A child’s early years hold the key to their success – and our state’s. Children who are healthy and prepared when they enter kindergarten do better in school and are more likely to graduate and enroll in college.
 
Data furnished by First Things First.

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.

                    
 
Featured Website
Rosie on the House
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
drawing of open book
Do you have trouble reading print this small? 
 
Do you know someone who is struggling to read standard size print, is unable to handle a book, or turn the pages?
 
Did you know that there is an available service to help with these needs? 
 
The Arizona Talking Book Library (www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks) provides these services to all Arizona residents who are blind, visually impaired, or physically disabled.  Applications for individuals and facilities are completed and signed by a certifying authority and returned to the library.  Applications may be downloaded to complete and return to the library or call the library at 602-255-5578 for one to be mailed to you. 
 

Featured Website
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
Best Viewing Hours4:00pm - 12:00am PT / 8:00am - 4:00pm CT Learn More & Get Involved· Wolong National Nature Reserve · Volunteer Opportunities · Key FactsWelcome to the Gengda Wolong Panda Center! The center is located in the Gengda Xingfu Valley, the heart of the Wolong Nature Reserve and home to wild Giant Pandas. Its mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the reserve.The panda you are watching is in the Gengda Valley yard, named in honor of the historic Wolong Center. The original Wolong Center was destroyed in an earthquake on May 12, 2008. Years of preparation ensure that every new habitat in the reserve provides a healthy, natural environment for the pandas. Reforestation and bamboo planting have been successful and will continue in the future.Our partners at Pandas International will stop by to answer questions, so please post them in the comments section.
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.
Live Panda Webcams in China
 

Helping Struggling Readers
Nearly three of four Arizona 4th grade children CANNOT read proficiently. 20% of 3rd graders failed the AIMS reading test, and only after remedial reading and tutoring programs has that percentage been reduced so that about 600 students will not pass on to 4th grade. If you are a parent, grandparent or relative of a child who is struggling with reading, here are a series of 20 short videos showing various programs and techniques that schools and parents have been using to improve children's reading. These videos emphasize what schools are doing, but DON'T FORGET that using your LIBRARY to find books to read with your child and using the many resources your library offers such as TumbleBooks online are terrific tools that you can use all the time to help your children with reading. A child's future success as an adult depends SO MUCH on proficient reading skills:
 
Click here to access statistical information from the Children's Action Alliance about how well Arizona's children are doing with reading.
Featured Website
Keep up-to-date on the United States Congress with this website:
 
https://congress.gov/
 
Presented by the Library of Congress, Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
 
 

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.

Playaway Views - More added to the Libraries' collections
 
PlayAway ViewThe 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
July 2014
Untitled Document
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
• Armenian
• Azerbaijani
• Bengali
• Chinese, Cantonese
• Chinese, Mandarin
• Croatian
• Czech
• Danish
• Dutch
• ESL Arabic, MSA
• ESL Armenian
• ESL Spanish
• Finnish
• French
• French, Canadian
• German
• Haitian Creole
• Hawaiian
• Hungaria
• Icelandic
• Indonesian
• Italian
• Japanese
• Kazakh
• Malay
• Malayalam
• Norwegian
• Portuguese, Brazil
• Punjabi
• Romanian
• Russian
• Serbian
• Slovak
• Spanish, Latin America
• Spanish, Spain
• Swahili
• Swedish
• Tamil
• Telugu
• Ukrainian
• Yiddish

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.

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
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
 
Arizona's Great Seal at Capitol BuildingWelcome 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
 
 
Check out the most popular baby names as compiled by the Social Security Administration.

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!

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
Children Reading   20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading
 
   Choosing Books for Reluctant Readers 
 
   Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read
 
   How 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
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.
Click here to get started on a new language.
 
Our subscription to the Mango foreign languageMango iPhone App 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).
 
 

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.
Census enumeratorCensus Tabulating machineCensus punchcards
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.
 
OneClickDigital

Genealogy Database Adds Collections
 
Ancestry Library 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!  


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
One expert who has tutored many kids in preparing for hte SAT test, suggests these free sites for those who cannot afford to pay for tutoring lessons or want resources to study on their own: MathTV.com, MajorTests.com, PurpleMath.com, VocabTest.com, and Math.com
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.Learning Express



Click Here for 85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians
Secret Life of Bees PlayawayWho 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!