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Temporary Closures

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
Kearny: Open
Mammoth: Curbside service
Maricopa: Curbside service
Oracle: Closed
San Manuel: Closed
Superior: 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.0

Your library card gives you free access online tutoring help from 1pm to 10pm through tutor.com.  You can log in here.

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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.Access these resources fro free with your library card

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.

ASU’s Center for Child Well-Being has put together some great activity books to download including this one for Earth Day.


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.

March is Women’s History Month

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Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

View our booklist and check out some of these titles.

National Library Lover’s Month

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Our libraries have been busy this month celebrating with many programs for children.

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Check out our Valentine’s Day booklist.

Did you know that February is also National Library Lover’s Month?

“The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’s National Library Lover’s Month!

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history.  Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do so much more.

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with theater and hands-on activities exposing them to music, art and their first friendships. Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers and classes.”
 – (nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Sometimes even parents make mistakes

Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being has put together the following booklist. “One in nine children in Arizona has a parent who is incarcerated. Many of these children may not know that there are others who are going through a similar situation.   Children experiencing incarceration may not be aware that there are books which feature a main character experiencing parental incarceration, and may not know or be ashamed to ask a librarian.”

You can find some of these titles in our catalog here.

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Arizona@Work Access Point

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An ARIZONA@WORK Access Point has recently been installed at Florence Community Library.  They offer a designated laptop to access ARIZONA@WORK Live Online Video Service.

Accessible: Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm

Sign out the laptop at the circulation desk.  Use it within the Library & Community Center in order to access FREE online assistance with:

  • Job Searches (47,000+ jobs)
  • Job Matching
  • Job Applications
  • Resume Assistance
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Career Exploration & More

ARIZONA@WORK Pinal County offers self-service access point locations for job seekers to access online resources such as job searching, filing for unemployment insurance, resume guidance and occasional workshops.

 

Apache Junction’s Writer-in-Residence program and events

Attention writers and fans of crime fiction:

The Apache Junction Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence program offers encouragement, direction and feedback to local authors. James L. Thane, writer of the fast-paced and edgy Sean Richardson series, will be the resident author beginning in February.  In addition to being available for half-hour consultations, Thane will offer a series of workshops to help writers get their projects off the ground and see them through to the final rewrite.

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Private consultations are Mondays from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11-1 p.m.
Although drop-ins will be accommodated as availability permits, appointments are strongly recommended and can be made by calling:

Apache Junction Public Library at 474-8555.

www.ajpl.org

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All workshops are free, and open to the public. The Writer-in-Resident Program was made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information check about James L Thane, check out his website:

www.jameslthane.com/

Celebrate Black History Month

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Black History Month is celebrated every February in order to embrace the amazing achievements and contributions of African Americans.  The nationally endorsed tradition began in  1976 with President Gerald Ford.  Since then every American president has designated or endorsed a specific theme for the celebration .

The 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

At the library you can learn about all aspects of African American history.  We encourage you to explore our collection.  The following list is a great place to start.

Celebrate Black History Month Booklist

Coretta Scott King Award Winners


Roots : the saga of an American family
Alex Haley

Da Capo Press edition, 2016.

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Summary: “This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.”

Wayward lives, beautiful experiments : intimate histories of social upheaval

Saidiya V. Hartman

W.W. Norton & Company, 2019

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Summary: Traces a time of radical transformation of black life in early twentieth-century America, revealing how a large number of black women forged relationships, families, and jobs that were more empowered and typically indifferent to moral dictates.”

Dark sky rising : Reconstruction and the dawn of Jim Crow by Gates.

Henry Louis, Jr

Scholastic Focus, 2019.

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Summary: “This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history’s most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new “color line” in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.”–Provided by publisher.

Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America

Smithsonian Books, 2016

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Summary: “Discover the sweeping history of black America: the path from slavery to freedom; the on-going struggle to define and realize freedom; and the major social, political and economic changes since 1968. You’ll learn how the African American story transcends a single community, and shapes all those who call themselves Americans.”

Black fortunes : the story of the first six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires.
Shomari Wills

Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.

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Summary: “The astonishing untold history of America’s first black millionaires–former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties–self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success.”

Mobile Printing Now Available

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With our new Mobile Print 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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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.