We Recommend… How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman

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By Bart D. Ehrman

Have you ever asked yourself just how did Jesus become God? I admit this isn’t something I’ve thought much about but I became increasingly fascinated by the question as Professor Ehrman lead me through the various paths to divinity that were commonly present in the ancient world.  According to Booklist, “Ehrman writes very personally, especially in the beginning, and this approach draws the reader into a subject that is littered with curves and contradictions… This fascinating discussion will engage—and provoke—a wide audience.” I agree with this assessment. The book is both well written and well documented yet is completely accessible to the average person.

Book Reviews:
Harper Collins
Catholic Answers
The Catholic Humanist

On the Web:
Author’s Website
Excerpt on NPR

Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian

We Recommend… The Last Policeman

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By Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman is the first book in a pre-apocalyptic trilogy. Detective Hank Palace is a newly appointed detective trying to solve a murder against incredible odds. Palace is confronted with some hard questions as, in the course of his investigation, he runs into plenty of obstacles and a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Discover magazine calls his book “darkly intriguing” and I completely agree. This novel will appeal to mystery readers who appreciate a good police procedural as well as fans of apocalyptic literature. And it will also appeal to those who enjoy pondering some of life’s deeper questions such as “What is the meaning of Life?” and “What would I do?” This book is sure to start a lively conversation and would be a great book club read.

Reading Guides:
Quirk Books
Includes Reader’s Group Guide, Excerpt and Book Trailer & Book Groupies’ Bucket List

Other reviews:
Slate
Kirkus

On the Web:
Author’s website

Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian

Summer Reading Fun in Pinal County!

Well it’s back to school time, but we’re proud to say the libraries in Pinal County made this summer memorable! View our summer slideshow, and learn more about libraries around the county here:  http://bit.ly/pcldlocations

Upcoming Library Closure for Remodeling

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The Coolidge Public Library will be temporarily closed for new flooring from:
07/31/2014 (Computers unavailable at 10am/Doors locked at 2pm) – 8/11/2014.

Library will resume normal business hours on August 12th.

Drop Boxes will be available to return items, however no items will be due during this closure.

New Statewide Research Databases!

On July 1, 2014 the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, in partnership with the county library districts, was pleased to announce its selection of informational databases for public libraries. This collection contains 27 sites intended to assist library patrons in a variety of areas, including homework help, online learning, hobbies, and reference. 

Below you will find links to slideshow and video tutorials on how to use this new collection of research products. 

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Below you’ll find the Gale package of research databases listed with both their Gale Cengage Learning “On Demand Tutorial” linked, and a tutorial video from one of their official YouTube channels. Browse all the Gale Cengage Learning YouTube channels to discover more:

Academic OneFile

Biography in Context

Books & Authors

Business Insights: Essentials

Business Insights: Global

Career Transitions

Chilton Library

Gale Genealogy Connect

Gale LegalForms

Global Issues in Context

Kids InfoBits

Literature Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Powersearch

Powerspeak Languages

Science in Context

Student Resources in Context

Testing & Education Reference Center

U.S. History in Context

World History in Context

Other Arizona State Library Databases

Ancestry 

Britannica Library

Learning Express Library

NoveList Plus

Reference USA

PCLD will be demonstrating 3D Printing at local libraries

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“Come one, come all to see the Magic Box! Watch objects materialize before your very eyes!”

It may seem like magic, or something out of Star Trek, but materializing objects are very real with 3D printing technology!

In his 2013 State of the Union Address President Barack Obama said, “3-D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything”.

Indeed, 3D Printing is a fascinating technology which will impact how we manufacture everything from everyday objects, art, and even artificial limbs!

Do you want to see a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in action? Come see a live, free demonstration!

FREE Demonstrations*:

June 13th, 1:00pm – Arizona City Community Library

June 17th, 1:00pm – Eloy Santa Cruz Library

June 23rd, 2:00pm – Vista Grande Library

June 25th, 12:30pm (Adult Lunch & Learn) – North School Multipurpose Room 351 N. Arizona Blvd. Coolidge

June 25th, 3:00pm (Tween/Teen program) – Coolidge Public Library

June 26th, 2:00pm (Kids) – Superior Public Library

June 26th, 6:00pm (Teens/Adults) – Superior Public Library

July 8th, 3:30pm – Eloy Santa Cruz Library

July 10th, 2:00pm – Maricopa Public Library

July 15th, 3:00pm – Mammoth Public Library

*all demonstrations during Summer Reading programs unless otherwise indicated

If you’d like to learn more about Pinal County’s 3D printing programming, follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can confirm all demonstration dates on the Pinal County Library District’s Event Calendar.

Computer & Internet Access at Your Library! [SURVEY CLOSED]

Impact Survey

We want to hear from you! From May 5th to May 30, 2014 the library will be running an online survey to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and does not collect any personally identifiable information.

Please support the library and help us improve our services. Go to the following website to fill out the survey or access it from one of the library’s public access computers.

Impact Survey is a project of the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit http://impactsurvey.org.

 

National Library Week & Library Worker’s Day, 2014

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Today marks the second day of National Library Week, which falls between Sunday, April 13th to Saturday, April 19th this year.

National Library Week is a national observance week sponsored by the American Library Association with the intent to celebrate libraries and promote all they do for our communities. This year’s theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library“, and the Honorary Chair of National Library Week is best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume.

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In order to share your love for libraries, the ALA encourages you to print their speech bubble prop (click here for download) and write down how libraries have changed your life. Share your images on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr and tag them #LivesChange or #NLW14 to spread the word!

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Additionally, National Library Worker’s Day falls on the 15th. This day is a day to recognize the value of library staff, administrators, and Friends groups. Here at Pinal County we’re exceptionally proud the staff of the 13 affiliate libraries within our district. We encourage you to get to know the people who help make your local library great by visiting our National Library Week Facebook album.

Has a library worker within Pinal County provided you with exceptional service? If so, share your story with us on our Facebook page, or write to us at @PinalLibraries on Twitter.

 

We Recommend… The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor

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by Brad Taylor

The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor is the author’s newest Pike Logan thriller.  If you enjoy lots of hard to believe adventure, then the Pike Logan novels are a must read.  In this novel, Pike and his team travel to Mexico, but the action is not about drugs, it is about a hacker who works for the government who develops a program that can cause all or some of the satellites that control GPS to change coordinates—which causes planes to crash, cars to get lost, and has the potential to stop the military from finding their targets.  The adventures follow one after another as the team starts unwinding the movements of all the players, and there is hardly time to draw breath in between.  Lots of great action and edge of the seat excitement in this newest page turner from the author.

Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger

We Recommend…. Watching You by Michael Robotham

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by Michael Robotham

Watching you by Michael Robotham is his ninth book and if you haven’t read any of them yet, you are in for a thrill.  In this novel the suspense grows as Marnie, a mother of two whose husband has disappeared leaving her with a gambling debt to a very bad man, scrambles around trying to keep rent paid and food on the table while a year passes with no word and the police cannot find a single clue.  She is forced into doing things she never would have imagined, and as time passes, her life seems to be falling more and more apart.  Someone has been watching her most of her life, though, and when things really turn into a person’s worse nightmare, his reason is finally revealed.  The ending is quite surprising, although the author starts to give hints as the tension builds and arrives at last at the shocking conclusion.

Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger