As a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic, libraries in Pinal County are temporarily closed. Late fees will not be charged during the closure. Due dates have been extended to July 1 for all physical items. Requests may be unavailable or delayed during this time.
*As of May 28th, here is an update on which libraries are open:
Apache Junction: Offering drive-through service
Arizona City: Closed
Casa Grande: Offering curbside/lobby service
Coolidge: Curbside & by appointment starting 6/1
Eloy: Curbside service
Florence: Curbside service
Mammoth: Curbside service
Maricopa: Curbside service
San Manuel: Closed
- The Apache Junction Public Library’s drive through window is open if you have placed a request on an item that is at that location.
Your library card gives you free access online tutoring help from 1pm to 10pm through tutor.com. You can log in here.
Several locations such as Coolidge, Maricopa and Casa Grande are offering virtual storytimes. Check out their facebook pages (here and here and here!) for more details. The Apache Junction Fun Van is also running a virtual program
Below are some preschool storytime videos by David, our outreach librarian.
There are still plenty of ways to access materials while our libraries are temporarily closed. You can download eBooks, audiobooks, comics and movies by downloading the hoopla and cloudLibrary apps. (see links on right).
If you live in Pinal County but do not have a library card, you can apply for a Virtual Library Card.
- Access our digital collections & other resources. We have ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, music & more.
- Ancestry Library is now available from home.
- During the coronavirus closure, we have special access to the Tumblebooks Teen BookCloud. This teen-focused collection of popular fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and videos offers hundreds of titles to supplement high school reading. There’s even a drama and poetry section. And each title has an AR reading level assigned, so it’s easy to make sure your kids are reading at an appropriate level.
- We have extended patrons monthly borrowing limits on the hoopla app to 8 items.
If you have children at home, here is a list of some great In-Home Family Resources provided by the Pinal Early Childhood Coalition. Common Sense Media has a list of Resources for Families during the Pandemic.
First Things First also has some advice regarding parenting in the time of Coronavirus.
Barefoot Books has some great, and relevant, activity books worth downloading.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Stressed out? Why not take this time to enjoy some poetry. April is National Poetry Month. Go to Poets.org to find ways to celebrate at home or online.