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The Whiting Awards are given away annually to emerging writers who have already written a superior literary work in their debut effort. The 2017 Whiting Award winner in the category of fiction is Kaitlyn Greenidge. She won for her novel "We Love You Charlie Freeman". It's the story of the Freeman family who move to an almost entirely all white neighborhood under unusual circumstances. More than a narrative about race relations, the author captures what it means to not belong. That is perhaps something all of us have been able to relate to at one time or another.
"Smart, timely and powerful."
-The Huffington Post
“A terrifically auspicious debut.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
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Freading has over 80,000 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:
Autism Awareness Month
"Milk and Honey" is the current #1 best seller in poetry on the websites of several top online retailers. The volume is also a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Bustle calls it "essential reading". Huffington Post says "every woman needs to have a copy." The poems in "Milk and Honey" are about love, loss, abuse, and also some experiences that are uniquely female. Men and women alike will appreciate the honest, unedited truth that the poetry brings to light.
Pop stars Madonna and Peter Gabriel are just two of the many artists who have been quoted as saying that Anne Sexton has influenced their work. Ms. Sexton not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but she became a fellow in the Royal Society of Literature and was the first female member of Harvard University's Phi Beta Kappa Chapter. She wrote openly about subjects that many people in her time avoided such as drug addiction, mental illness and adultery.
"I personally think this woman is the best poet that ever lived."
-An Amazon. com reader review
National Medal of Arts winner Julia Alvarez is widely known for her popular novels "How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In The Time of The Butterflies". Her poetry articulates personal but universal subjects such as marriage, rejection, divorce and religion. This volume of poems will appeal to anyone who appreciates reading about subjects they can relate to.
"This book will appeal to readers not only for the eloquence with which Alvarez describes her feelings and discoveries, but also for the humor."
-School Library Journal
Have you ever read "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe? What about "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost? These outstanding collection of popular poetry allows readers to see verses that they might be aware of but never actually read themselves. It is a definite must-read for National Poetry Month.
"It's a pleasure I never imagined."
- An Amazon.com reader review
Candid, attention-grabbing poetry that will make you think twice about what you thought poetry was supposed to be.
"Frank poems about love, heartache and betrayal."
--The New York Times
"Leav is one of a new generation of bestselling poets catapulted to celebrity and coveted book deals."
An adorable, laugh-out-loud volume is a wonderful way to introduce young children to poetry. There are verses about angry vegetables, not being able to fall asleep, and not knowing what to do for entertainment among other subjects.
"...his subject choices are what will amuse children… everything is fair game for wild interpretations and wordplay…. This will be a popular addition to most collections."
-School Library Journal
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Celebrating the Week of the Young Child
9 Most Popular Entertainment 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 entertainment courses. 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 "Entertainment" courses. You've heard of these, so take time to get familiar with some of them.
A popular video streaming service, Netflix allows you to watch hit movies and TV shows when you want, where you want, and as often as you want... all for a flat monthly fee.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/netflix
One of the world's top video-sharing websites, YouTube allows you to rate and comment on the videos that others post, or to upload your own masterpieces.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/youtube
A U.S.-only video streaming service, Hulu is nonetheless popular because of its vast library of hit TV shows. Watch unlimited on-demand videos for a flat monthly fee.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/hulu
4. Amazon Prime
As an add-on to the popular online marketplace Amazon, Amazon Prime also lets you rent or buy copies of digital movies at a discount... or perhaps even for free!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/amazon-prime
Spotify allows you to select and play music from a huge library of songs when you want, where you want. You can also create playlists or listen to genre-themed mixes!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/spotify
Pandora is a music streaming service with a twist. The songs that it plays are based on the music that you already like... but each one will be a surprise!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/pandora
SoundCloud is a music distribution platform that allows you to listen to, comment on, and sometimes download music from independent (and a few mainstream) artists.
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/soundcloud
8. Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is the wildly popular game for mobile devices that uses G.P.S. tracking to help you find, catch, and battle mystical creatures at real-world locations!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/pokemon-go
Powered by online marketplace Amazon, Audible allows you to buy, download, and enjoy digital audiobooks. Purchase a membership to get free books and discounts!
Course link: https://techboomers.com/p/audible
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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
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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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?
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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!