Mobile Printing Now Available

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With our new MobilePrint Service, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library to release and pick up your document using your library card.

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This service is available at all PCLD libraries with the exception of Superior, Kearny, Mammoth and Oracle.

From a mobile device:

  • Install the PrinterOn app

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  • Click “no printer selected”
  • Select your desired printer search via zip code.
  • To Print:
    Upload your documents, select your printer, click the print icon.
    Enter an email address
    At the library, select “Release a print job”
    Enter your email address.

Your print job will be printed!

From a desktop computer/laptop:

Begin by visiting one of the following URLS (depending on your library)

http://www.printeron.net/pcld/maricopa
http://www.printeron.net/pcld/florence
http://www.printeron.net/pcld/coolidge
http://www.printeron.net/pcld/sanmanuel
http://www.printeron.net/pcld/eloy

  • Enter your email
  • Upload your file
  • Click the green printer icon for your status/ reference #.
  • At the library, select “Release a Print Job” from the Print Release station.
    Enter your email and select your print job

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Graphic Nonfiction

Comics, as a medium, have the ability to tell all different types of stories.  This is evident in the growing popularity of graphic nonfiction. You have probably heard of Art Spiegleman’s Pulitzer Prize winning MAUS or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (that was adapted into a Broadway Musical).  If you have enjoyed those, we have created a list of graphic nonfiction titles that are perhaps not as well known.  These comics, aimed at adults, range from autobiographies/ biographies/memoirs to journalism on a variety of topics.

You can view the full list in our catalog here.

Below are some examples of stand-out titles:

Jessica Abel. Out on the Wire: the Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio. B/D/W/Y/Broadway Books, 2015.

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Jessica Abel explore how stories are told on the radio by investigating the creative process of several NPR programs. This book gives great insight into how podcasts are creating some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today.

Peter Bagge. Woman Rebel: the Margaret Sanger Story. Drawn & Quarterly, 2016.

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Peter Bagge is known as the creator of one of the 1990s best loved alternative comics told in his signature humorous style.  In recent years he has turned to writing biographies. Woman Rebel portrays the life of Margaret Sanger, a birth control activist and advocate for female reproductive rights.  These books continue to reinforce that Bagge remains one of the most unique and strongest voices in comics.

Box Brown. Tetris: The Games People Play. Self Made Hero, 2017.
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Box Brown Follows up his graphic biography of wrestler Andre the Giant with another pop culture staple.   In Tetris, Brown untangles the complex history of the games origins and delves deep into the role video games play in art, culture, and commerce.

Thi Bui.  The Best We Could Do: an Illustrated Memoir. Abrams ComicArts, 2018.

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This stunning debut a memoir that also delves into the author’s family history. Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family’s move from their war-torn home to the United States.

Brooke Gladstoneand Josh Neufeld. The Influencing Machine Brooke Gladstone on the Media. Norton, 2012.

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The cohost of NPR’s “On the Media” narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar’s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today.  This is engagingly illustrated by Josh Neufeld whose previous book was the excellent A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge, another great example of comics journalism.

Tom Hart. Rosalie Lightning: a Graphic Memoir. St. Martins Press, 2016.

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Heartbreaking and real, Tom Hart uses the graphic form to articulate his and his wife’s on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of his daughter’s untimely death, exploring themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again.

David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb. Kafka for Beginners. Fantagraphics, 2013.
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Famous underground cartoonist Robert Crumb honestly details the life of Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis.  The book is a wonderful educational tool for those unfamiliar with Kafka, including a brief but inclusive biography as well as the plots of many of his works.

Humorous Read-Aloud Books for Ages 4-6

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.  Why not make it fun!  Our librarians enjoy installing a love for reading. Below are four of David’s favorite humorous books to share with children aged 4-6 at storytimes.  Minimal text and full page illustrations that encourage audience participation and interaction make these ideal choices to read in front of a group.

Jules Feiffer. Bark, George. HarperCollins, 1999.

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George’s mother brings him to the vet after she realizes George is making strange animal noises, instead of barking.  It is slowly revealed that George has swallowed a variety of animals.  Children will enjoy making the animal noises and predicting what will happen next.
 

Jarrett Krosoczka. Punk Farm on Tour. Random House Childrens, 2007.

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This is the sequel to Krosoczka’s Punk Farm. In the first book, the story of farm animals in a band encourages listener’s to sing along to a wild version of Old McDonald.  In, On Tour, the animals do their rendition of The Wheels on the Bus.  It’s a great setup that encourages participation of an old standard wrapped around a more contemporary story.

John Stadler. Big and Little. Robin Corey Books, 2007.

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This is a lift-the-flap book with a circus theme.  While the book itself is not huge, the pages open up so that the illustrations are revealed and extended.    The narration of the book can be read in a dramatic ringmaster’s voice.  The mouse introduces an elephant who will attempt to jump into a small glass of water.  Again, this is a book that encourages the audience to make predictions about what will happen.  The ending is a surprise!

Chiara Vignocchi. Shake the Tree! Walker Books, 2018.

 

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This is another humorous book that has an interactive component.  The book, unusually, opens vertically at the spine, exhibiting a tall tree across the fold.  The animals attempt to get something out of the tree, beginning with a mouse and a nut.  The reader can shake the book itself as the animals do so in the pictures.  As the pages are turned, various animals fall out of the tree and chase each other back up, in conflict.  Children will laugh at what ensues.

Storytime with Moonbear

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Big Books are a great way to engage children when you are reading to a group at a library or school.  Some vendors, such as Lakeshore Learning, still offer a selection of classic Big Books for sale.  Our outreach librarian, David, has been collecting Big Books for years.  Some of his favorites to use are the wonderful Moonbear Books by Frank Asch.  Several of Asch’s books have been made into Big Books.  These include Moongame, Mooncake and Here Come the Cat.  For scale, below is a picture of the Big Book version of Moongame alongside a standard paperback version of another Moonbear title.

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Because Moongame is a book about playing hide and seek, David likes to incorporate the theme of games into this storyime.  He brings along a Moonbear plush to hide somewhere in the school or library.  After the story, the children are invited to search for him!

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The librarian also creates cutouts from the book in multiples using the Cricut machine.  He places these on the table alongside stickers, buttons and a background image.  The children work with glue in order to create their own versions of the Moonbear story.

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Here is one of the results:

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While the Moonbear Big Books are out of print, most of the standard size Moonbear books by Frank Asch have been reprinted by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in recent years.
You can check out which ones are available by visiting Frank Asch’s website here.

We also recommend pairing this book with the following titles:

Nina Crews.  Below.  The Antoine Company, 2015.
Jules Feiffer.  I Lost My Bear.  Scholastic Books, 2004.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, January 20th

Don’t forget to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, January 20th with some of these wonderfully insightful picture books. See the full list in our catalog.

Martin Luther King, Jr’s dreams, speeches, and ideas are as relevant today as ever.  Learn about his important role in the Civil Rights Movement and how he fought peacefully for equal rights for all.  Share one of these books with someone you love.

January at the San Manuel Library

Check out what is happening this month at the San Manuel Library.  Events take place at the community center in San Manuel Park, across from the library.

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Join us in San Manuel for our weekly storytime on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm. For families, preschoolers and children. Listen to stories from picture books, complete a craft and watch short cartoons based on library books. No storytime this month on the 15th.


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Our art classes for adults resume starting on January 14th, 2020. This is a beginner’s class which will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM. These classes will be covering acrylic painting.

David’s Favorites from 2010-2020

Happy New Year!  David, our outreach librarian, has chosen some of his favorite books published in the past decade.  He has a preference for graphically inventive picture books and graphic novels. This is reflected in his choices below.


Baker, Jeannie. Mirror. Candlewick Press, 2010.

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This is a very innovative and mostly wordless picture book created in a detailed collage style.  It consists of two picture books which fold out and can be read side-by-side.  It follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village.


Clowes, Daniel. Patience. 2016.

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This full color graphic novel is a psychedelic science-fiction love story for adults that deals with depression, romance and time travel.  It is rare to see such a fully realized graphic work by a single creator in such a distinctive style.


Kalesniko, Mark. Freeway. Fantagraphics, 2011.

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A meticulous graphic novel, running over 400 pages, that tells a fictional story loosely based on the Disney studios in Burbank, California.  Freeway explores the author’s alter-ego, Alex, on his artistic journey and how the reality of working as an animator clashes with his own idealistic dreams.


Napoli, Donna Jo., and David Wiesner. Fish Girl. Clarion Books, 2017.

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This is a great collaboration by YA author Donna Jo Napoli  and children’s book artist David Wiesner. Napoli  has done many modern retelling of classic folk or fairy tales.  Wiesner has won awards for his picture books.  Their first graphic novel is a surrealistic mermaid tale about a girl trapped in an aquarium by the sea and the boy who discovers her.


Sala, Richard. Delphine. Fantagraphics Books, 2012.

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A graphic novel that originally appeared in four single issues.  Like Clowes, Sala is a comics auteur with a unique style all to his own.  Delphine is a retelling of Snow White in a dark, contemporary setting.  Full of mysterious twists and turns and a surprise ending with gorgeous artwork throughout.


Salmieri, Daniel. Bear and Wolf. Enchanted Lion Books, 2018.

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This is a very quiet picture book with an interesting perspective. The artist has made great choices in showing the animals in their natural setting from a distance in a cold, silent environment.


Schwartz, Joanne, and Sydney Smith. Town Is by the Sea. Walker Books, 2018.

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A melancholy, but powerful picture book.  A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.  The full page spread convey a great contrast between the warm and dark places.


2 books by Allen Say:

Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. Scholastic Press, 2011.

Say, Allen. The Inkers Shadow. Scholastic Press, 2015.

In these two autobiographical graphic books, the famous children’s book creator Allen Say details his journey into becoming an artist from the time he was a child in Japan to his migration the States as a young adult.  These books look decidedly different than any comic or children’s book I’ve ever seen.


Wilker, Josh. Cardboard Gods: an All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011.

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This is a memoir structured around baseball cards from the 1970s and 1980s.  It explores what it means to be a fan. I love how such simple cardboard items are able to evoke such heartfelt, and often dark, emotions and memories from the author.

January Events at the Florence Library

Join Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. at the Florence Community Library for a round-table discussion on “Implicit Bias” and seeing the world through another’s eyes. Friday, January 10th at 5:30pm as part of Florence Library’s Frank Talks.

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Learn about the History of Arizona Highways Magazine from its former publisher Win Holden. The program will be held at Florence Library on January 17th at 5:30.

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Christmas related events

Kids Kreate: Christmas Tree Slime

Friday, December 20 at 3:30

Apache Junction Public Library

Children learn how to make Christmas Tree Slime. All materials provided. Ages 7+
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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 pm
Apache Junction Public Library

Join us for a cozy, informative hour to learn about the poet Dylan Thomas, his work “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and the Welsh language. Refreshments will be served. Presented by Dr. Dulais Rhys.

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Land of Misfit Toys Escape Room

Friday, December 27th from 9am to 4:30pm
Coolidge Public Library

Gather your team, Rudolph needs you. Help Rudolph and his friends escape the Toy Taker on the Land of Misfit Toys during this one of a kind escape room!

All Ages. Oh no! A massive snow storm has hit and our friend Rudolph has been separated from the rest of the reindeer. Unable to see what is in front of him Rudolph has gotten lost and landed in a mysterious island. The Land of Misfit Toys…but something doesn’t feel right. There are missing signs hanging everywhere. Toys disappearing in the middle of the night sometimes taken in plain sight. No one seems to know why or how…and if they do they are too scared to talk. Wanting to find out where all his new friends are disappearing to, Rudolph decides to look in to it. Days go by and no one knows where Rudolph has gone! Could he have been taken?
Gather a team of up to 5. Help find Rudolph and discover who is behind the kidnapping on the Land of Misfit Toys.
Registration is required. To register please call (520) 723-6030. Space is limited.

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Upcoming Graphic Novels for 2020

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

Brubaker, Ed.  Phillips, Sean. Cruel Summer. Image Comics, 2020.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to writing and drawing the best crime comic of the past decade. Immaculate art and suspenseful storytelling by this prolific team. Set in the late 1980’s, this story features Teeg Lawless and his son Ricky, both in over the heads and headed towards trouble.  This story is currently being serialized in the Criminal comic book which you can read via our Hoopla app.

Brubaker and Phillips will also release a completely original graphic novel in June called Pulp.  From the cover it looks like it will have a Western theme.

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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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Scioli will also have a comics biography of the life of Fantastic Four’s creator, Jack Kirby, out later this year from Ten Speed Press.  The title is Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics.  It will come out in July.


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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Copeland, Cynthia L. Cub. Algonquin Young Readers, 2020.

This looks like a promising and humorous slice-of-life comic for younger readers.  Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s.

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Shaw, Dash. Clue: Candlestick. IDW, 2020.

IDW collects Dash Shaw’s comic book series based on the popular board game.  This book has intriguing mystery, humor, cutting edge artwork and a lot of originality!  Brought to you by the creator of the animated film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea.

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