Upcoming Graphic Novels for 2020

Below are some noteworthy graphic novels to be released in early 2020.

Ha, Robin. Almost American Girl: an Illustrated Memoir. Balzer Bray 2020.

Ha’s previous book Cook Korean ingeniously combined recipes with comics and family stories.  In her new full color graphic novel coming out in January, she delves deeper into her history with this poignant memoir of her teen years.  When her mother decides to move from Korea to Alabama, Robin is thrust into a new culture at age 14.  The story, centered around difficulties with family, friends and finding your way is heartfelt and classic YA material.  Robin’s voice is unique but  anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will certainly be able to relate to it.

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Scioli, Tom. Fantastic Four – Grand Design. Marvel Comics, 2020.

Scioli previously revamped properties such as The Go-Bots, Transformers and G.I. Joe in his signature style that looks different than any other artist in mainstream comics.  For his latest project he is retelling the legendary Jack Kirby run of the original Fantastic Four.  Scioli’s stories are always dense, fun to look at, and full of offbeat humor.  It’s an ambitious task to fit the entirety of the original Fantastic Four story into one tell-all volume!

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Sciver, Noah Van. Complete Works of Fante Bukowki. Fantagraphics Books, 2020.

Sciver’s trilogy of Fante Bukowski books will be reprinted in this complete edition.  Fante is a failed wannabe writer and his exploits and failures are chronicled in these stories.  Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for that golden idea that will rocket him to the success he yearns for as the great American novelist…Fante Bukowski feels partly like a satire of a generation and partly like a sincere look at what it takes to put yourself in the face of rejection.

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Season’s Greetings!

Celebrate the season with your library! Here are a few of the holiday-themed programs taking place at libraries around Pinal County this month. To see more, check out our events calendar. Click on a program title below for more information:

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A Christmas Evening At Your Libary
Monday, December 9, 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Casa Grande Main Library
449 N. Dry Lake
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
(520) 421-8710

Listen to Santa read a Christmas story while enjoying a yummy treat. Santa will also be available to take pictures with your child(ren) until 6:50 p.m. Please bring your own camera as you will need to take your own Santa pictures.


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Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elves
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Apache Junction Public Library
1177 N. Idaho Road
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 474-8555

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves in the castle from 2-3 pm.


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Snowman Craft
Tuesday December 17, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Eloy-Santa Cruz Library
1000 North Main Street
Eloy, AZ 85131
(520) 466-3814

We will be getting creative and making our very own snowman. Space is limited. Early Arrival Encouraged.


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Grinch-mas Party
Wednesday, December 18, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Florence Community Library
778 N. Main St.
Florence, AZ 85132
(520) 868-8311

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to our annual Grinch-mas party! Participants will take part in a variety of activities, including crafts, games, and sweet treats! Enjoy a reading of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by a screening of a short holiday classic. Walk-ins will be welcome on a space-available basis, but advance registration is encouraged.


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Gingerbread Castles
Wednesday, December 11, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Vista Grande Library
1556 N. Arizola Rd
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
(520) 421-8652

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Bring the kids down to the Vista Grande Public Library for a cardboard gingerbread house extravaganza.


Also, be sure to check out some of our favorite holiday themed books:

Season’s Greetings Booklist

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Mr. Fred Rogers

The 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.  It’s like watching an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood aimed at adults.  If you enjoyed the film, why not check out the following books from the library:

Rogers, Fred, and Tom Junod. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers. Penguin Books, 2019.
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Tom Junod’s Esquire profile of Fred Rogers, “Can You Say… Hero?,” has been hailed as a classic of magazine writing. Now, his moving story of meeting and observing the beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is the inspiration for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster.

Here, Junod’s unforgettable piece appears for the first time in book form alongside an inspiring collection of advice and encouragement from Mister Rogers himself. Covering topics like relationships, childhood, communication, parenthood, and more, Rogers’s signature sayings and wise thoughts are included here. Pairing the definitive portrait of a national icon with his own instructions for living your best, kindest life, this book is a timeless treasure for Mister Rogers fans.

Rogers, Fred, and Luke Flowers. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: the Poetry of Mister Rogers. Quirk Books, 2019.
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From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.

Wagner, Melissa, et al. Mister Rogers Neighborhood: a Visual History. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2019.
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Featuring exclusive photographs; a guide to the characters, puppets, and episodes; original interviews; and rare ephemera, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History reveals how the show came together to have a deep impact on American culture. Discover wonderful anecdotes from Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis as well as the actors, directors, art designers, producers, studio musicians, and more who devoted their careers to working with Fred. Chronicling the show’s complete timeline—from its humble beginnings on WQED in Pittsburgh to its commemoration on the big screen in the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and directed by Marielle Heller—this incredibly comprehensive book celebrates both Fred Rogers and the wonderful legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Pinal County on YouTube

Casa Grande, Florence and Superior were featured in this recent episode of Arizona Highways TV:

Pinal County has also produced a visit showcasing the beauty of our county here:

There is an additional video focusing on the food and restaurants of Pinal County:

PCLD app for Pinal County Library District

We’ve just launched a mobile app to make using your library more convenient! The PCLD App gives you access to our key website tools in an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly format!

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Pinal County Library District app.  Search for PCLD or Pinal County Library District in the app store.
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  • The Catalog Search Bar lets you browse our collection on the go–with all the same search features and limiters as our website catalog. Check our holdings, place reserves, even check out downloadable titles!
  • Events helps you find free, fun, and informative programs at libraries throughout the county.
  • My Account lets you view the status of your holds, check your due dates, renew materials, update your contact information, and more.
  • Digital Collections and eMagazines give you quick access to our downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming music, and movies.
  • Research lets you access nearly 30 online research databases, including the Chilton car repair database, Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale Legal Forms, Infotrac Newsstand, Reference USA, and many others.
  • There’s even an ISBN reader, so if you see an interesting book while you’re out, you can quickly check to see if it’s available in our collection.
The PCLD App is available for Apple/iOS (in the App Store) and for Android devices (here).

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A Hero’s Journey

The theme for our 2020 Summer Reading Program is Imagine Your Story.  Over the summer we will offer a variety of programs at our libraries that focus on fables, myths, folktales and tales of fantasy.

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Everyone needs inspiration, and tales of heroic deeds often fit this bill. From armor clad knights, to superheroes, to our military veterans, here are some books in our catalog that may inspire and engage you on your own hero’s journey.

A Hero’s Journey Booklist

Children’s Fiction

Gaiman, Neil and Chris Riddell. Odd and the Frost Giants. HarperCollins, 2016. 

Summary: An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

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Phelan, Matt. Knights vs. Dinosaurs. Greenwillow Books, 2018.

Summary: With the realm at peace and few dragons about, the Knights of the Round Table are bored, so Merlin sends them to face the most terrible lizards of all–dinosaurs.

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Children’s Non-Fiction

Boyer, Crispin. National Geographic Kids: Everything Castle. National Geographic, 2011.

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Teen Fiction

Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Random House, 2017.

Summary: Diana, Princess of the Amazons, journeys to the World of Man in this coming-of-age young adult story.

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Maas, Sarah J. Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons Series). Random House, 2018.

Summary: Selina Kyle’s coming-of-age-story as she claws her way to the top of Gotham City’s criminal underbelly and becomes Catwoman.

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Smith, Ronald L. Black Panther: The Young Prince (A Marvel YA Novel). Marvel, 2018.

Summary: Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T’Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he’s not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father-the reigning Black Panther-or testing out the latest tech, he’s off breaking rules with his best friend, M’Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T’Challa’s father makes a startling announcement: he’s sending T’Challa and M’Baku to school in America.

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Best Pop-Up Books

Pop-up books offer an engaging and creative way to immerse yourself in a reading experience.   The fans at BestPopUpBooks have built a platform on YouTube to showcase some of the best.

You might think that pop-up books are a thing for children in the first place, but you got it wrong. Present-day pop-up books are highly enjoyable for both children and grown-ups. Amazing animation and clever techniques together with beautiful artwork make these books pieces of art. You will be amazed how beautiful and inspiring pop-up books can be. Watch our video reviews, discover books on our ranking lists, find the best pop-up books for kids and much more!

Check out some of their videos here:

Cyberbullying Information

In a recent survey, 1,000 parents of children over the age of five and asked about their children’s cyberbullying experiences.

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You can see the results here:  https://comparite.ch/bullying

“Bullying used to be depicted as kids being shoved into lockers and coerced out of their lunch money by the older, more popular rulers of the school. Nowadays, the focus on bullying has shifted to those hiding behind computer screens and taunting others in the virtual world. While in-school bullying is on the rise, technology and social media have created alternate avenues for bullies to wreak havoc. Whether bullying is done on school grounds or over the phone, the consequences can be lifelong and even life-ending.

So how many kids are experiencing cyberbullying and how do their parents feel about it? To get a better idea of technology’s role in bullying, we surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children over the age of five and asked about their children’s cyberbullying experiences. Continue reading to see what we learned.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is approaching and it’s a great time to spend time with friends and family.  Why not introduce reading picture books into your family tradition?  Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day related stories that you may enjoy.  Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Day Stories List

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Hip Hop and the History of Rap Music

Do you love Hip-Hop Music?  There have been many books published in the past few years chronicling the history of rap music.  These range from children’s books, to comics, oversize photo books and full-fledged biographies.  Check out our recommended titles list here and learn something new about this art form.

Hip-Hop Picks

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