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Tax Forms Are Available Online
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.
Click below to download tax forms online.
Federal forms
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eBooks and eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library
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A to Z Maps Online

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)

Library Value Calculator Library Value Calculator
What is your library worth to you? How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
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RBDigital eAudiobooks

NoveList Plus
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!
Here are three more links to help you find great books to read:
Book Reporter
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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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A nearby library makes a difference

Library sign

Daniel Cox and Ryan Streeter write: “As trust in both our institutions and one another has plummeted, local places such as libraries, markets, and coffee shops can help. A new study by the American Enterprise Institute shows that living near community-oriented public and commercial spaces brings a host of social benefits, such as increased trust, decreased loneliness, and a stronger sense of attachment to where we live. Americans living in amenity-rich communities are much less likely to feel isolated from others, regardless of whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small towns.”...

The Atlantic, May 20; American Enterprise Institute, May 20

Baker & Taylor Best-Sellers
1.  Redemption, by David Baldacci
2.  Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline
3.  Miracle at St. Andrews, by James Patterson
4.  Neon Prey, by John Sandford
5.  The 13-Minute Murder, by James Patterson
6.  The A List, by J.A. Jance
7.  Lost Roses, by Martha Hall Kelly
8.  Triple Jeopardy, Anne Perry
9.  The Department of Sensitive Crimes, by Alexander McCall Smith
10. The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

LC puts classic children’s books online

Cover of Gobolinks or Shadow-pictures for Young and Old, by Ruth McEnery Stuart and Albert Bigelow Paine, 1896

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week (April 29–May 5), the Library of Congress on April 29 launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the LC collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures. From Humpty Dumpty to Little Red Riding Hood, the books in this collection were published in the US and England before 1924, are no longer under copyright, and are free to share....

Library of Congress, Apr. 29; Publishers Weekly, Feb. 12

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
Pinedale Public Library has lots to offer


Pinedale Public Library has lots of new books, a great large print collection, DVDs, launchpads, early literacy kits, and more. Make a visit, get a library card or use the universal one you already have. The friendly volunteers are ready to help. They are gearing up for many great activities and programs this summer. The library is open Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm.

County Librarian Geneva Durkee visited recently to give the Pinedale Library a check for annual support and enjoyed meeting the library visitors that day. Karen and Ann were volunteering.

Have you read to your pet today??

Stop by your local library and check out a book that you and your furry friend can enjoy together!!!
Ideas for old books?!
Emma Taylor ship sculpture from discarded book

UK-based book sculptor Emma Taylor sources old books from second-hand and antique shops and gives them a second story. Taylor uses simple materials—glue, paper, and scissors—to sculpt architectural façades, lively animals, and leafy trees from otherwise unused titles. Each scene is inspired by the book’s written content, with a garden scene emerging from An Introduction to Botany and Italian houses built out of The Story of Venice. Taylor has been carving and sculpting books for several years and has recently opened an Etsy shop stocked with a few of her paper-based artworks.     From American Libraries magazine

The six oldest libraries in New England

The Sturgis Library in Barnstable, Massachusetts, is the oldest building in the US to house a public library

Many New England towns claim to have the oldest libraries in their state. In New Hampshire, for example, the Portsmouth Athenaeum was founded as a private library in 1817, 16 years before the Peterborough Town Library. Peterborough, funded by taxpayers from the start, claims to be the oldest tax-supported library. But this list is limited to the oldest libraries that lend books. So Peterborough in, Portsmouth out. Here are six of the oldest libraries in New England, one in each state....

New England Historical Society

The movie "The public" spotlights the public library and homelessness
The movie, 'the public'  just released this April, is a humorous film about a group of homeless library patrons who stage an action during a polar vortex in order to stay in the public library and avoid freezing to death.  Politicians, the media and the police overreact and things get a little crazy.
Enjoy this trailer:

How to clean a computer keyboard

A keyboard blowout

Gabe Carey writes: “Whether you’re a gamer, a hard-working professional, or both, you’re bound to get your hands on something gunky prior to clicking and clacking away at your keyboard. When all that sludge and silt becomes too much, you’ll have to undertake that most thankless of PC tasks: cleaning your keyboard. Here are five handy ways you can clean your keyboard without spending much, before you replace it or ditch it. From a simple chassis shakedown to removing all the keycaps and the outer shell and giving certain bits a bath, these tips range from beginner to intermediate-enthusiast level.”...

PC Magazine, Apr. 12

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

Great Tips for Genealogists in this article!
Click on the Title line to read the full article.

Simple tips for reading old handwriting

Handwriting samplers from Google

Lisa Lisson writes: “Reading old handwriting in genealogy documents can be tough for a variety of reasons. Faded ink. Poor penmanship. Unusual script. Add in unfamiliar language and new-to-you abbreviations, and interpreting your ancestor’s document just got more tedious. Here are some tips for reading old handwriting. With practice, you will become more skilled and confident when you read that old handwriting.”...

Are You My Cousin?, Feb. 25

Alaska library lends out taxidermy specimens

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services provides the public with an extensive selection of birds as part of its collection of items that are available for circulation

Jennifer Nalewicki writes: “Inside Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, a library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, are shelves upon shelves of archival boxes, each carefully labeled with its specific contents—a perfectly preserved carcass of a ring-necked pheasant nestled in one, a mounted black rockfish in another. The collection has grown to include hundreds of specimens, making ARLIS the only known library in the US to hold such a taxidermic trove. It is not only open to the public, but its items can be checked out just like one would a library book—the only thing you need is an Anchorage public library card.”...

Smithsonian, Apr. 18

Suggestions for eBooks From Freading - Try an eBook today!

 Freading has over 150,000 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 :                             



Seaweed Chronicles 
Susan Hand Shetterly

“You might not expect unfettered passion on the topic of seaweed, but Shetterly is such a great storyteller that you find yourself following along eagerly.” —Mark Kurlansky

Warrior of the Dawn
M.S. Brook

Tasting the Past
Kevin Begos

Love and Death in the Sunshine State
Cutter Wood

Pueblo Yung

Log in to Freading with your library card and start exploring! 
  Click here to go to the Library District's Freading site


First Things First Video on Quality Child Care
Quality child care: What to look for in teacher-child interactions
Quality child care helps children learn, grow and thrive. Teacher-child interactions that are stimulating and nurturing are an essential part of quality early learning programs. Check out FTF's 1-minute video for what to look for.

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

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Annie Proulx At the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 1, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to acclaimed writer Annie Proulx (right), author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Shipping News and the short story “Brokeback Mountain.” The prize, one of the library’s most prestigious awards, honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished for its mastery of the art, originality, and imagination.

Proulx urged the crowd to make literacy a top priority for children.

"You can never introduce your child to reading too early," Proulx told the crowd, adding that they should start reading to babies before they're born and as often as possible. "If you repeat this recipe every day ... you will have a smart, intelligent, involved person in your life."

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.

The Great American Read Top 100
Starting on Tuesday May 22nd, The Great American Read series begins! An 8-part TV Special on PBS, it celebrates the power, passion, and joy of reading by taking a look at the top 100 best-loved books that the public has chosen!

Below is the list of those 100 books. How many of the those have you read? Is your favorite on the list?
  • 1984
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Prayer For Owen Meany
  • A Separate Peace
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The
  • Alchemist, The
  • Alex Cross Mysteries (series)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Americanah
  • And Then There Were None
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Another Country
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Beloved
  • Bless Me Ultima
  • Book Thief, The
  • Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, The
  • Catch 22
  • Call of the Wild, The
  • Catcher in the Rye, The
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Chronicles of Narnia, The (series)
  • Clan of the Cave Bear
  • Coldest Winter Ever, The
  • Color Purple, The
  • Count of Monte Cristo, The
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, The
  • Da Vinci Code, The
  • Don Quixote
  • Doña Barbara
  • Dune
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey (series)
  • Flowers In The Attic
  • Foundation (series)
  • Frankenstein
  • Game of Thrones (series)
  • Ghost
  • Gilead
  • Giver, The
  • Godfather, The
  • Gone Girl
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Grapes of Wrath, The
  • Great Expectations
  • Great Gatsby, The
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Handmaid's Tale, The
  • Harry Potter (series)
  • Hatchet (series)
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Help, The
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Hunger Games, The (series)
  • Hunt for Red October, The
  • Jane Eyre
  • Joy Luck Club, The
  • Jurassic Park
  • Left Behind (series)
  • Little Print, The
  • Little Women
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Looking for Alaska
  • Lord of the Rings, The (series)
  • Lovely Bones, The
  • Martian, The
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Mind Invaders
  • Moby Dick
  • Notebook, The
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Outlander (series)
  • Outsiders, The
  • Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Pilgrim's Progress, The
  • Pillars of The Earth
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Ready Player One
  • Rebecca
  • Shack, The
  • Siddhartha
  • Sirens of Titan, The
  • Stand, The
  • Sun Also Rises, The
  • Swan Song
  • Tales of the City (series)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Things Fall Apart
  • This Present Darkness
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Twilight Saga (series)
  • War and Peace
  • Watchers, The
  • Wheel of Time, The (series)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • White Teeth
  • Wuthering Heights

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced! Below are the winners of Letters, Drama, and Music:

Fiction: Less, Andrew Sean Greer.
"For a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love."

Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok.
"An honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perspectives of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver."

History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis.
"An important environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that brings critical attention to the Earth's 10th largest body of water and one of the planet's most diverse and productive marine ecosystems."

Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser.
"A deeply resourced and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transfers transformed her family's story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love,
and perseverance."

: Half-light, by Frank Bidart.
"A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long, dramatic poems with short, elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desire that defy societal norms."

General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.
"An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the United States, based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color."

Music: DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar.
"A virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

To see the Journalism winners and the finalists for all the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes here.

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!

Have You Accessed ComicsPlus Yet?

Here are 2017’s top-ten circulating comics in ComicsPlus, Library Edition our downloadable eBooks collection of comic books. These are multiple use so you don't have to place holds, but you'll need a library card from one of our Navajo County public libraries. There are thousands of comics to choose from!

You can also find the link on our Digital Downloads page.
Reading eBook Comic books will count toward your Summer Reading Program points.

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.

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.

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.
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. 

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
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.

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 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

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 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).

Downloadable Audiobooks - A New Download Site
Navajo County Library District's vendor for downloadable audiobooks, Recorded Books, has changed the method of downloading from EbscoHost to OneClickDigital starting with the New Year. Please use the new link posted on the right side of the page (or below). You will need to create a new account for yourself. You can use the same user name and password that you used with EbscoHost, but you will still need to create the account. It does not transfer from EbscoHost. If you are accessing within one of our public libraries, you will not need your library card. However, if you are accessing for the first time remotely from home, business or school, you will need to type in your library card number before you can create an account.
Please let library staff know if you are having difficulties with OneClickDigital.

Genealogy Database Adds Collections
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

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.
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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!