“Dig Into Reading” with Pinal County!

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It’s getting hot out there! Stay cool indoors this summer while curled up with a good book!

The Pinal County Library District has officially kicked off their 2013 Summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading” in Dudleyville, AZ.
Every Wednesday in June, librarians will be visiting the Dudleyville Multigenerational Center to engage Dudleyville area youth with story time, games, crafts, prize drawings, and more. Click here for more information. 

Additionally, libraries all around Pinal County will be hosting summer reading activities. Visit a few of the libraries’ webpages below for more information.

Apache Junction Public Library
Casa Grande Public Library
Coolidge Public Library
Maricopa Public Library

View all Pinal County library locations hereand you can visit our event page for details.


“Cloud Library” eBooks Coming to your Living Room

Pinal County Press Release

FLORENCE, AZ – The Pinal County Library District is launching an eBook service at a special event at the Florence Community Library on December 4 at 5:30 PM. The Florence Community Library is located at 1000 South Willow Street.

“This is our next step in putting the library in your living room, your doctor’s office, your back yard, your vacation site or wherever you may choose to access our eBooks from your electronic device,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director. “Our bricks and mortar libraries are here to stay but eBooks are growing in popularity so we obtained grant funding to offer them also.”

“All you need is a device like a Nook, iPhone or iPad, Kobo reader, Android phone or tablet device and a library card with a PIN number. On December 4, we can show you how easy it is to get the free Cloud Library application and check out your first free eBook,” Keller said.

If you can’t make it to the December 4 event, the Library District’s eBooks webpage has tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions available to you.

Users can download up to three eBooks at a time and the ‘check out’ period is three weeks per book. Extremely popular books may be placed on hold for a short time. This is because just like stocking hard-copy books on shelves, publishers require libraries to abide by a ‘one copy/one user’ model. The library licenses a certain quantity of eligible downloads. Once the quota is reached, you would have to place the item on your hold list and wait until it is available.

The Apache Junction Public Library and the Casa Grande Public Library entered into an agreement for a different eBook platform and those locations have eBook capabilities already. This will be a brand new service for the remaining 10 libraries in Pinal County.

The 3M Cloud Library application will host more than 400 titles at launch with more titles being added in the months and weeks to follow.

If you don’t currently have a library card and you want to obtain one, go to http://goo.gl/AHXL1 to learn about getting a library card.

This project is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Using this grant, the Pinal County Library District was able to license the 3M Cloud Library application that hosts the downloadable eBooks and will be tied into the County’s full library catalog, which can be viewed on the county website.

National Novel Writing Month 2012

Have you been thinking about writing the next great American novel, but just haven’t gotten around to writing it down yet? If that literary genius in you is still struggling to come out, National Novel Writing Month can be what pushes you to write that novel that you have been thinking of for years.

National Novel Writing Month, also widely known as NaNoWriMo, is a month long challenge for budding writers to compose 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year over 250,000 writers around the world took part in the month-long event. It all begins with an idea, the desire to get 50,000 words together in a novel and finish by November 30.

If you need a little inspiration or aren’t even sure how it’s possible to write 1,667 words a day for 30 days, check out our NaNoWriMo board on Pinterest for tips and writing prompts.

Several Pinal County libraries will be celebrating NaNoWriMo by providing quiet spaces for you to get those creative juices flowing.

Be sure to visit the NaNoWriMo website to sign up: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Find out more about events at each library…

Summer Reading Programs in Pinal County

There are great summer reading programs all over Pinal County this summer, make sure you find the one (or two) nearest you and sign-up.

Superior – Come celebrate “Our State, Our Story: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona” at the Superior Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program! Visit the library between May 21st and May 31st to register and programming begins June 5th and runs through June 28th. Children and Teens, Preschool to 12th grade can register for a variety of programs, giveaways, and contests. Everyone who completes the program will be invited to a finale party with certificates and rewards. Parents or Teens willing to volunteer their time to help out are more than welcomed. For more information, visit the library, call 520.689.2327 or visit www.superiorpublib.wordpress.com.

San Manuel – Registration for San Manuel Library’s summer reading programs runs June 11th – June 15th. This year’s theme is “Our State, Our Story: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona. Children ages 4 to 13 are welcome to participate and if they choose to do so will receive a reading log to record their titles along with a book marker. Contact the library for more information: 520.385.4470

Oracle – The OPL Summer Reading Program will take place at the Community Center in Oracle in July with lots of activities centered on the Arizona Centennial. Contact the library for more information: 520.896-2121.

Maricopa –  Maricopa Public Library’s theme is “Our State – Our Story, Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona” and runs for 8 weeks (June 3 -July 27). Readers can sign up for the program Monday, May 21st through Saturday June 2. The Summer Reading Program is open for ages 4 through adult.  The goal is to read 40 hours during the Summer Reading Program.  Incentive prizes are awarded for children after every 10 hours of reading – teens after every 20 hours of reading.  Grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the program. For more information, call the library at 520.568.2926.

Mammoth – Coming up this summer at Mammoth Public Library: lots of clubs for kids! In the works are Robotics Club, Fashion Club, Craft Club, Model Rocket Club, Book Club, Guitar Club, Toddler Club, and more! Have a suggestion, let the library know! The summer with an exposition of club activities, including a fashion show, recital, robotics competition, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Contact the library for more details: 520.487.2026

Kearny – This year Kearny Public Library is combining the “Dream Big” theme with Arizona’s own Centennial Celebration and promises a variety of activities for children between the ages of 4 and 12.  The Program will begin Thursday June 7th, and will be presented every Thursday in June until the 28th from 10:00AM-11:30AM.

Weekly programs will include stories, hand crafts, activities and fun experiments, ending on June 28th with a “Fiesta” in the park with a piñata, races, and water games followed by presentation of Achievement certificates and “goodie bags” awarded for all who participate, plus special prizes to the reading and attendance winners. For more information, call the library at 520.363.5861.

Florence Calling all ‘pardners’ to join us ‘round the campfire’ at the Florence Community Library this summer! The library is supporting this year’s theme, “Our State, Our Story: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona”, by offering Reading Club along with a raffle, fun incentives, popcorn and drink. Weekly program activities include Trivia Handouts, Teen Games, Family Storytime, Crafts, and Family Flicks. Families and their caregivers are strongly encouraged to come into the library to register their children and young adults. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29th for the Reading Club.

Florence is also offering a summer reading program for adults, “Our State, Many Stories”. Read books and enter drawings for weekly prizes, plus receive additional prizes for writing reviews to be posted in the library. All activities are free and open to the public. Be sure to check the calendar of events for author visits and more. Please call the library at 520.868.8311 for further information.

Dudleyville – While Dudleyville doesn’t have its own library, it still manages to have a great summer reading program! This year’s theme is “Our State, Our Story: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona.” Every Wednesday morning in June from 10:00AM-11:30AM Dudleyville children ages 4-11 can read stories, make great crafts, and maybe sing a song! Call 520.866.6457 for more information.

Coolidge – This summer “Dream Big in AZ” with the Coolidge Public Library! Early Registration begins Tuesday, May 29th and the entire summer reading program runs until July 27th! Crafts, Storytimes, and Cool Events are planned throughout the summer and participants have the chance to win awesome prizes (but only if those reading logs are turned in!). For more information, swing by the library, visit the CPL website, or call 520.723.6030.

Casa Grande – This year’s theme, “Dream Big: Read!” is open to all ages, babies through adults.  Register for Casa Grande Library’s program online and pick up your book bag & information packet from either library–Main or Vista Grande–beginning June 1, 2012.  The summer reading program ends on July 27, 2012.  Youth participants who reach their summer reading goal can earn special coupons over the course of the summer, and a brand new book which can be picked up at the end of July.  For more information, please call either library.  Main: 520.421.8710 or Vista Grande: 520.421.8652

Arizona City – Arizona City Library is running two summer reading programs this year! A Tween program for ages 8-13 will run from June 7th-July 19th. Also Tweens can join a summer book club, the club will meet on June 11, July 9th, and August 6th from 5-6PM. The second program is for children ages 3-7 and their families. It runs June 6th-July 21st and will meet on Saturdays from Noon-1PM. For more information, check the events calendar or call the library at 520.466.5565.

Apache Junction – AJPL has summer reading programs for readers of all ages running from May 29th-July 28th. The “Read, Play, Win” Summer Reading Program is open to all children from infants to 18 years.  It is sponsored by Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Republic.  All participants will receive a voucher for selected Diamondbacks regular season games.  Reading is done individually and recorded in order to earn prizes along the way.  Finishers will receive a book of their choice (while supplies last). Finishers for the Dbacks program also receive a chance to win a family pass to the Phoenix Zoo.

Teens that participate in the “100 Reasons to Read” program at AJPL will receive a prize for every 5 hours they read. All participants who finish the program by reading for 30 hours will receive a Harkins movie pass, a voucher for a free Papa Murphy’s pizza and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card! Finally, the “Between the Covers” SRP is for readers 18 years old and up. Read for the fun of it and enter a drawing to win prizes and gift certificates! For more details and events information, go to www.ajpl.org.

Not sure what to read this summer? Grab an Adventure Pass provided by the State Library, check out Governor Brewer’s reading list, or check out some of our What-to-Read-Next? Resources!

[Closed] Survey: New Book Club Kits

Hey Book Clubs, it’s time to tell us what titles you want added to our book club kits. Read the descriptions below, take a look at the reviews, then click the link below to access the survey.

Book Club Selections Survey

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We Recommend…Micro by Michael Crichton

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston takes us to Hawaii where new technology is being developed that can shrink anything to a few inches—including humans! When a group of super smart grad students end up with knowledge of a murder that took place in the company that wants to hire them, they are shrunk and set loose in the rainforest. To stay alive they are forced to battle insects that are bigger & stronger than they are. Not to mention the employees of the company that are all trying to either eat them, use them to lay eggs in, or kill them. Richard Preston takes the manuscript that Michael Crichton was working on at his death and keeps the adventure & excitement going to the very last page.

Long waiting list at your library for Micro? Try these while you wait:

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You can also check out our Reader Resources page on the PCLD website. We have information on prize-winning novels and read-alike guides for a few of the most popular authors and titles (including The Help, Bossypants, and Dead Reckoning). On the Reader Resources page, you can also find “Book News” which links you to bestseller lists and book reviews from news sources around the country.

NoveList is a great source to help you find more books like the one you just read. While most recommendations are generated based on certain subjects (for example, Vampires) others are recommendations made by librarians around the country. NoveList also connects you with reviews from a variety of sources, including reader reviews from Goodreads.

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Happy Reading!