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Most libraries and county buildings have  the 2019 tax  forms and instruction booklets, but call your local library before going to pick any up. This year only one Form 1040  is used.
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60,000+ Maps: political, physical, population, Bible, precipitation, climate maps, and more!

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)

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NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next. Find that next great book you will want to read!
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Hands-on Activity instructions.
Your Library is Never Truly Closed!!!
Only the Buildings!

Most Navajo County Libraries are physically closed due to the Coronavirus until further notice, HOWEVER, there will be online service and limited personal service available!

Show Low Public Library will be offering curbside service; please call 928-532-4070 for details.
Holbrook Public Library will be offering curbside service; please call 928-524-3732 for details.
Snowflake-Taylor Public Library will be offering curbside service; please call 928-536-7103, ext 245 for details.
Enjoy both eBooks and Audiobooks on your mobile device from your library's CloudLibrary. Thousands of eAudiobooks are available through
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If you have any questions about other online services from your library please call 928-524-4744.
March is Women's History Month

Navajo County Library District has a new Online Catalog! Searching is easier. We will soon be replacing the links to the traditional catalog with this Link. You can  access your account and place holds just as before.
First Things First issues report on AZ's children

Updated report details state of young children
The data and information included in FTF’s biennial report, Building Bright Futures, provides significant insights into the challenges facing young children in Arizona – challenges that threaten their well-being today and their school success tomorrow. 

Library visits are Number One for leisure time activity!

5 books to enjoy this winter - Bill Gates' recommendations
Bill Gates writes: “As the clock ticks closer to midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s fun to look back at what you’ve accomplished this year. December is a great time to take stock of everything you’ve done over the last 12 months—including all of the books you’ve read. Because I’m a data guy, I like to look at my reading list and see if any trends emerge. This year, I picked up a bit more fiction than usual. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but I seemed to be drawn to stories that let me explore another world. For this year’s holiday books list, I chose five titles that I think you’ll also enjoy reading. I think they’re all solid choices to help you start 2020 on a good note.”

Winslow Public Library - Partnering with the Shelter highlighting homeless pets

On December 12th, the Winslow Public Library and Winslow Animal Shelter teamed up to provide a family event called Puppy/Kitten Therapy.  The holiday season can be stressful or even sad sometimes.  The event was advertised as a “fluffy fix and cuddles” at the local library.  The Animal Shelter brought in a young German Shepherd that had been adopted by the manager.  She had been in rough shape; starving and had mange before he adopted her.  She entertained visitors by playing catch when they tossed her a toy.  The kitten was adored by several youngsters who enjoyed petting her soft coat. 
The Animal Shelter was pleased to have only one puppy available.  Last summer, a spay and neuter clinic came to Winslow, offering discounted rates.  Many residents took advantage of the opportunity and as a result there have been very few abandoned puppies and kittens in 2019.  The puppy played with everyone and was ready for a nap by the end of the event.  She has since been adopted.
The Animal Shelter maintains a list with pictures of the current animals available for adoption at this website:   Visitors checked the online list to see all the available animals, with several people hoping to find their furry friend before the end of the year.

Ten Reasons Libraries Are Still Better Than the Internet

Stephen King home to become archive and retreat

Stephen and Tabitha King mansion, Bangor, Maine. Photo by Jim Roberts

Authors Stephen and Tabitha King have long resided in a Victorian mansion in Bangor, Maine, but that iconic house will soon have a new purpose—as an archive and writers’ retreat. The Kings announced in September their intention to turn the home into an archive for Stephen King’s writing, and on October 16, Bangor City Council approved the Kings’ rezoning request, paving the way to turning the building into a nonprofit. Until recently, King’s archives were housed at the University of Maine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library. Those archives will move to the Bangor mansion, where they’ll be available by appointment to scholars...., Oct. 17; Bangor (Maine) Daily News, Sept. 23; Rolling Stone, Oct. 17

Little Free Library at Smithsonian honors Native Americans

NMAI librarian Elayne Silversmith shares a book in the birchbark Little Free Library

The Smithsonian has installed a birchbark book-sharing box at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., donated by the Little Free Library nonprofit organization. The “take a book, share a book” library seeks to honor Native American culture and increase access to culturally relevant books. The miniature library was provided by LFL’s Native Library Initiative, which places them in tribal communities across the nation to meaningfully improve book access. To date, LFL has gifted more than 60 libraries to tribal communities. The NMAI box was created by Pat Kruse, an Ojibwe birchbark and quillwork artist....

Little Free Library, Nov. 22

Shortlists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence have been announced for Fiction and Nonfiction!
                  FICTION NOMINEES  
Feast Your Eyes Lost Children Archive The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
Figuring The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
The winners will be announced 26 January 2020 during American Library Association Midwinter Conference.

Garth Brooks to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Garth Brooks

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that country
musician Garth Brooks is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Brooks is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize. Brooks is one of the major changemakers in the history of country music. His music weaves together the beauty of poetry, the universality of the human experience, and the inclusiveness of other musical genres, making him one of the most influential performers in country music today. He will receive the prize at an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., in March 2020, and the concert will air on PBS stations nationwide in the spring....

Library of Congress, Oct. 2

Remembering Andrew Carnegie’s legacy

Andrew Carnegie, 1913

Vartan Gregorian writes: “The rise and resilience of our nation’s libraries is a unique phenomenon. Today, we so often take for granted the existence of free public libraries that their extraordinary history and significance is almost lost to us. Yet libraries, as we understand them, would not exist without Andrew Carnegie, the ‘Patron Saint of Libraries.’ As this year marks the centennial of Carnegie’s death, I would like to reflect on the significance of his role in the development of the American public library system.”...

American Libraries feature, Sept. 30

20% of Americans listen to audiobooks

Ebook and audiobook reading rates

Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is on the rise. 72% of US adults say they have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted January 8–February 7. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 65% of adults saying they had read a print book in the year before the survey. And since 2016, there has been an uptick in the share of Americans who report listening to audiobooks, from 14% to 20%....

Pew Research Center: Fact Tank, Sept. 25
Navajo County Public Libraries provide Audiobooks on CD, PlayAways, MP3, and eAudiobooks as digital downloads thorugh and RBDigital and CloudLibrary. Some limited audiobooks are on cassette in some libraries, and the cassette version is still available at the Library District office.

New Language Database - Pronunciator

Navajo County Library District and its member libraries now subscribe to Pronunciator for language learning, replacing Mango and PowerSpeak. Pronunciator offers 100 languages. Click here for a list of them. Most languages include a huge amount of instructional content available - an average of 9,500 instructional phrases for each one. Courses can be personalized according to your interests and also tailored for learning a language for your occupation.

A special course is American Sign Language with 20,000 instructional videos. The ESL course, taught in 63 home languages, is itself the largest in the world, with over 50,000 instructional phrases.

ProCitizen will prepare people for U.S. Citizenship.

Anyone can access the Spanish version of the Pronunciator site.

Pronunciator also offers feature films with integrated drills and quizzes; video phrases where you can see the native speaker clearly speaking each instructional phrase (just like when you were a child learning your first language); over 1.8 million hours (that’s 204 calendar years) of downloadable audio lessons; major label music with lyrics; video city tours; and so much more.


The Birth to Five Helpline’s Fussy Baby program is a free service to Arizona parents during their baby’s first year, when there can be challenges or questions about babies that are hard to soothe or comfort. Early childhood experts are available by phone to listen, answer questions and provide support.

The Birth to Five Helpline is available at 1-877-705-KIDS (5437). Professionals are on duty Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. You can also leave a voicemail, submit your question online, or text the Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Two winners of the 2019 Booker Prize

2019 Booker Prize winners

The judges for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction on October 14 awarded the prize to Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and British author Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other. The Booker Prize has been jointly awarded twice before, to Nadine Gordimer and Stanley Middleton in 1974, and to Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth in 1992. In 1993, the rules were changed so that only one author could win the prize. This is the first time since then that two authors have won, and it was because the judges were deadlocked. Atwood won the prize once before, in 2000 with The Blind Assassin. Evaristo is the first black woman to be awarded the Booker Prize....

The Booker Prizes, Oct. 14; New York Times, Oct. 14

Literary Hub's choice of the 10 best poetry collections of the decade

Cover of When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), by Natalie Diaz

Emily Temple writes: “In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the best and most important books of the past decade by means of a variety of lists. We have now reached the third list in our series: the 10 best poetry collections published in English between 2010 and 2019. The following books were chosen after much debate (and several rounds of voting) by the Literary Hub staff. Tears were spilled, feelings were hurt, books were reread. And as you’ll shortly see, we had a hard time choosing just 10—so we’ve also included a list of dissenting opinions, and an even longer list of also-rans.”...

Literary Hub, Oct. 15

First Things First offers tips for reading to preschoolers

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Check out, an education website, featuring STEAM and educational activities for kids.  Raising Dragons gives simple patterns for science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities and  creates short videos featuring simple science experiments, educational toys, challenging math games and creative craft projects that keep kids having fun while growing and learning.

Start your kids out early sparking an interest in STEAM! Your library also holds science related programs and has new books on these topics.
Here is one of the simple videos featured on
Fill the Balloon

Fill the Balloon Science Experiment ages 3+. This simple experiment demonstrates the space air molecules take up as they are heated and cooled. Start with a pan of hot water and a pan of ice cold water. Then take an empty two liter bottle and put a balloon over the top. Place the bottle in the hot water and watch the balloon inflate. Then move the bottle to the cold water and watch it deflate. The science behind this experiment is that as air molecules get hot , they move around more and occupy more space, thus inflating the balloon. When the ballon was moved to the ice water, the molecules cooled off, moved closer together and occupied less space.
Navajo Code Talkers Resources
With the sad news that another Navajo Code Talker, Fleming Begaye, Sr., has passed away recently, the Library District encourages people to read and learn more about these patriotic Americans who played such a crucial role in World War II. Here are some resources held in our public libraries:

Navajo code talkers : secret American Indian Heroes of World War II     Baker, Brynn.     2016

Under the eagle : Samuel Holiday, Navajo code talker     Holiday, Samuel, 1924-     2013

Code talker [CD audiobook] : [the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII]     Nez, Chester.     2011

Code talker     Nez, Chester.     2011

Unsung heroes of World War II : the story of the Navajo code talkers     Durrett, Deanne, 1940-     2009

True whispers [DVD videorecording] : the story of the Navajo code talkers     Hurd, Gale Anne.     2007

Code talker [audiobook] : [a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two]     Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-     2006

Navajo code talkers [DVD videorecording]     Triage Entertainment Inc.     2006

Scents and sensibility

Cover of The Book of Lost Fragrances, by M. J. Rose

Erica Bauermeister writes: “Scents are the stealth weapons in the arsenal of the senses. They head directly to the emotional parts of the brain, bypassing rationality. The memories they evoke are rich, immersive things, three-dimensional, and intimate. Novels about scents tend to affect us in a similar way. We read their sentences and dive into a sense we rarely pay attention to in our normal lives. Perfumers divide fragrances into families, much as we categorize books by genres. For these five evocative books, perfume categories seem a perfect way to characterize them.”...

Literary Hub, May 24

The million word gap

Kids getting read to. Photo: Flickr / Neeta Lind

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at the Ohio State University. Even kids who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver....

Ohio State University, Apr. 4

National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Foundation has announced the winners of the 2018 National Book Awards.

The Friend
 Fiction Winner
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Nonfiction Winner
Poetry Winner
Title: The Emissary, Author: Yoko Tawada


The first book printed in Antarctica

The cover page of Aurora Australis, featuring an illustration by George Marston. Photo by the Houghton Library

Cara Giaimo writes: “On January 29, 1908, the crew of the Nimrodlanded at Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound. Led by Ernest Shackleton, the explorers would spend the next two years ranging over the continent. Although they never achieved their chief objective of reaching the geographic South Pole, they did bring the first motorcar to Antarctica and climb Mount Erebus for the first time. They also wrote, illustrated, and printed a book, Aurora Australis, the first one ever made on that continent.”...

Atlas Obscura, Sept. 24

With the Arizona primaries just finished and the November elections on their way, politics is on many people’s minds. Keep engaged and informed in the political conversation with quality, curated content on Reading Arizona.  With the Reading Arizona collection, customers can access titles written by Arizona Statesmen and Stateswomen, such as Kyrsten Sinema, Gabrielle Giffords, Sandra Day O’Connor, and the late Senator John McCain.   
Reading Arizona is a free ebook & eAudiobook collection on Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 App offering a curated group of Arizona-specific content. 
Reading Arizona is brought to you by the State of Arizona Research Library and is supported with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State.

The packhorse librarians of eastern Kentucky

A packhorse librarian in Kentucky

During the Great Depression, the Appalachians were hit hard. Coal mines were being shut down. Many people were living in dire poverty. In 1936, as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Kentucky WPA began to hire packhorse librarians, mostly women, to carry books to isolated cabins, rural school houses, and home-bound coal miners. The bookwomen followed creek beds and fence routes, their saddlebags and pillowcases stuffed with Robinson Crusoe, Women’s Home Companion, and Popular Mechanics....

NPR: Morning Edition, Sept. 13

Arizona Assets Map to explore
The Arizona Commerce Authority recently unveiled the Arizona Assets Map, an interactive tool that identifies statewide resources across 27 different categories, including certified development sites, foreign trade zones, Opportunity Zones, land ownership, startup resources and community profiles with demographics.

The map is useful for residents and visitors alike, allowing for a statewide search of facilities including libraries, hospitals, schools, airports, arts and cultural landmarks, outdoor activities and state and national parks.

The map is an ever-evolving tool, and the ACA welcomes input. Please click here to submit additional resources for inclusion.

Featured website - Best travel sites like Priceline

Best 9 Websites Like Priceline for Flights, Hotels, & Car Rentals

And here are some other websites that offer hints for travelers:
Techboomers 8 Airbnb Alternatives
Airbnb offers vacationers an online alternative to rent homes or rooms for their next vacation, rather than going through hotels. Hosts and renters verify their identity and rate each other as security against scams. However, some renters find the process to get a rental on Airbnb to be a bit of a hassle.

Techboomers has collected 8 other sites that might suit your traveling style better than Airbnb. Click here to take a look!
Great Accessibility sites for Android and iOS from Techboomers

From Techboomers...
Navigating daily life with accessibility needs is hard – there’s no question about that. But why struggle more than you have to? If you have accessibility needs, or know someone who does, we’ve got the solution to many of your daily issues. With more and more apps being developed every day, there is an increasing number of apps you can make use of to make your daily life easier.

There are apps with many different ways to help with various accessibility needs, and we will help outline them in this article. We’re going to cover:
•    Visual impairment apps
•    Hearing impairment apps
•    Apps for physical disabilities and to help improve motor skills
•    Other useful accessibility apps
•    Built-in accessibility functions for your smartphone
•    Tips for using these apps
Check out these apps, and our information about how some functionality may be built right into your phone to help with accessibility. Then check out our tips at the end to help you make good use of these great new apps.
Android and iOS Apps to Help with Accessibility

Homeschool Collection has rotated!
Are you interested in homeschooling your child? Are you already homeschooling, and are looking for some new materials to help you teach your children? The Navajo County Library District has your back!

Located at the Holbrook Public Library, Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library, Show Low Public Library, Snowflake-Taylor Public Library, and the Winslow Public Library, we have our Homeschool Rotating Collections just waiting to help you teach your children from home. You can go in to any of these libraries and browse what we have, or you can search our catalog from home and place what you need on hold. From books for the parent on how to homeschool or teach about new topics to books aimed at the children so they can learn, we will surely have something for you to take advantage of.

Don't know how to find the items in our catalog? Well then just follow the steps below:
  1. Select 'For more Search Options, click here' either on our homepage or on the Search/Home page of the catalog.
  2. Select Homeschool in the Item Category2 field.
  3. Press Search to browse all of our items that are classified in our Homeschool collections, or enter a keyword/author/title search if there is something specific you want help with.

Need help with Finances and Budgeting? - Sign up for email Debt Boot Camp
Email Boot Camp. There is help to get your finances in shape with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's email Debt Boot Camp.  This 21-day course helps with financial goal setting, handling money emergencies, debt pay down, and creating and following a budget.  Participants receive two to three emails each week with tips, tools and activities to help them manage their debt and finances.  Go to this webpage to sign up:
Great Sites for Weather Info

As holiday visitors, travel, and shopping take up some time now and you want to keep track of the weather on your smartphone, TechBoomers has listed some great sites:

Best Free Weather Apps to Get the Forecast Right

We’ve got the list of the best weather apps for Android and iOS to help you find the forecast in an instant. And best of all – they’re all free!

Where to Use Your Military Discount Online

Where to Use Your Military Discount Online

If you're a member of an American military branch, you can get discounts in some online stores. Techboomers explains how these discounts work and where they apply.

According to Sebco Books Publisher...
DID YOU KNOW? In 2009, author Jeff Kinney was named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine?

Our public libraries have these super popular books. Check 'em out!

Interested in Beadwork? Check out these ONLINE MAGAZINES
Here are four eMagazines that are great resources for anyone who does beadwork, and they are all free subscriptions to Library Card Holders in Navajo County. Just click on this link or the links below the cover to add them to your list of subscriptions. Read anywhere from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Bead Style Bead Style Beadwork Beadwork

TumbleBooks Active Again.
Our TumbleBooks Collection was down for a short while but is now up again. The producer is requiring people who access Tumblebooks at home to enter the first 5 digits of their library card or the 5-digit zip code of your community in Navajo County if you don't live near a library. You will only need to do this once if you have cookies enabled on your computer. No login is required when accessing TumbleBooks in the library. This collection of online eBooks / animated picturebooks is a great, fun way to develop your child's reading skills as these popular books are read to the child if desired, or kids can choose to read themselves. The collection also includes some chapter books for older readers and there are also some teen titles included - a great boost for reluctant readers. TumbleBooks even has some books in Spanish and French. There are also puzzles and games to reinforce reading and comprehension skills. Especially during the summertime, make sure your child is getting exposed to lots of reading to avoid the summer slide. Chldren will love the video clips available. Links are on the children's page also. Please make use of this resource of over 600 titles provided by Navajo County Library District.
McNary Community Library Closed
McNary Community Library was destroyed by a fire June 15. If you have any materials checked out from this library, please return them to the Whiteriver Public Library or to any of our other libraries in the county. The destruction of the library is a tremendous loss to the McNary Community, and no one knows at this point whether a new library can be built.
5 Ways to Learn Music Online for Free
From Techboomers:
Learning music through online methods is something that is now more possible (and easier) than ever. This article is meant to be a great starting point for you when you want to start learning to play, read, or perform music – all on your own. When starting out, it’s important to know that there are many different ways you can go about learning music online, and it’s important to choose the right method for you.

(Click here to learn 5 ways you can learn music online for free!)
Suggestions for Writing Your Will
Click on the link below to see TechBoomers' suggested websites if you have not yet created your will or want to revise an existing willl. Besides these sites you can find the basic forms for creating a will by using our reference database Legal Forms.

How to Get A Will Made Online

Looking for an easy way to create a will on your own? There are websites that will allow you to create a will online. We’ll tell you how it works!

Roarke Publishing shared this bit of advice:
5 Reasons You Should Get Caught Reading This Month
  • A study by the National Endowment for the Arts concluded that people who read books are more likely to be civically engaged, exercise, and enjoy cultural experiences.
  • Reading fiction has been found to make readers more empathetic with others who are different from themselves.
  • The more types of reading materials available in a home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
  • Research suggests that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome.
  • Reading expands your vocabulary, and makes you smarter!

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.

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?!



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:

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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.

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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.
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 ( 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. 

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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
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
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. 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:
Presented by the Library of Congress, 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.

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.

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 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!

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

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 on 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).

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 ( and find out more about our state’s history. Get better prepared for the Centennial coming up in 2012.