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Books & Authors
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Staff Picks June-July 2015
By PimaLib_RavenousReaders

Here's a quick look at what some of our Ravenous Readers are enjoying this summer - check them out!

50 short books for busy people
Short on time? Quick reads just for you!

Do you love to read, but can't find the time? Here's a book list you can actually finish.

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Staff List
Summer Pride! LGBTQ Reads and More for S…

Show your pride and beat the heat with LGBTQ reads and DVDs for summer! This list was put together by the LGBT Services Committee at PCPL. …

recommended by PimaLib_LGBT

Workingman's Dead Festival Express Deal Blues for Allah
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The Grateful Dead: Sounding Great at 50

This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of The Grateful Dead. What a long strange trip it has been indeed! Here is a list of items available …

recommended by PimaLib_BrianC

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Summer Reading
Inside SummerMania!! Jeff Mariotte & Mar…
By PimaLib_SummerReading

Jeff and Marsheila will be our guests at MegaMania!! on July 11 at Pima Community College Downtown Campus. Don't miss it!

Laugh Out Loud Fun

Step right up. Juggling, magic, and yo-yo tricks—be amazed and entertained!

Inside SummerMania!! Meet Tobias Wade
By PimaLib_SummerReading

Tobias Wade is the author of The First Man and its sequel The Last Man.  His upcoming book The Astral Dimension will be released in October

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Who's Who at the Zoo?

Do your kids wonder what animals live at the zoo or who takes care of them? Here is a fun list of picture books that will make them beg to …

recommended by PimaLib_CherylM

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There's a Whale in my Pool! and other b…

It's summer. It's hot. Cool off with these swimmingly fun books from the PCPL catalog!

recommended by PimaLib_CherylM

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Libraries closed for Independence Day

The Pima County Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Librarian among victims in Charleston

We join Charleston, SC, in mourning the loss of nine community members who were the victims of a tragic shooting on June 17.

Author Talk in October: LGBT Services pr…
By PimaLib_LGBT

Walter Naegle will talk about the life and times of his partner, prominent civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

A sign of the times

The Thunderbird Curios shop was the site of the first neon sign in Tucson. This retro art piece can be seen at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Library awarded $70,000 grant for teen p…

(Tucson, Ariz.) The Pima County Public Library was awarded a $70,000 grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records to creat…

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Kids & Families
River Story Rivers The Life Cycle of Fish Dear Fish
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Riparian Residents

Frogs and turtles and fish... oh, my--in the desert??!! Discover what critters inhabit local riparian areas. You might be surprised by wha…

recommended by PimaLib_CherylM

Super Incredible! Knock-knock Jokes for Kids Wackiest Jokes in the World Zoolarious Animal Jokes for Kids Just Joking 2
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Knock, knock. Who's there?

Get ready to be the funniest person around on International Joke Day (July 1st) after you read these joke books.

recommended by PimaLib_Kids

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A Conversation with Cece Bell

"I was lucky because I could walk to our local library." Cece Bell is the author of El Deafo, a very human story using bunny characters.

Chickens to the Rescue Princess Super Kitty Kapow! The I'm Not Scared Book
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Little Heroes and Teeny Villains - Super…

PCPL's summer reading theme is "Every Hero Has a Story" and these are some heroic stories! (Or villainous - yikes!) Every kid could be a her…

recommended by PimaLib_MaureenK

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Staff Pick
Rashad's Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr
By Lisa Bullard

Great picture book that celebrates Ramadan, family, charity, and culture. Simple storyline that children will enjoy along with explanations More

recommended by PimaLib_AnnieW

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¡Descubre tu biblioteca!
Separate Is Never Equal Silver People Migrant Strike!
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2015 Américas Award winning books, honor…

The Américas Award was founded in 1993 to encourage quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, o

recommended by PimaLib_MargotN

Folklorico dancer
Monsoon season starts with El Dia de San…
By PimaLib_librarianfiles

From the Librarian Files In Catholicism, June 24  is the feast day of St. John the Baptist.According to tradition this day marks the beginn

The Wind Shifts Like Thunder The Floating Borderlands Thunderweavers
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Juan Felipe Herrera - U.S. Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera! Recently named the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, he is the first Latino to hold the position. PCPL has a …

recommended by PimaLib_MargotN

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Clases de inglés gratuitas

¿Le gustaría aprender inglés? Literacy Connects está ofreciendo clases para todos los niveles, desde principiante, hasta avanzado.

Learn Spanish (Espanol), the Fast and Fun Way Learn Spanish Cinderella Basic Spanish
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¿Habla español? Learn how!

PCPL has a ton of language learning resources for you as you embark on your learning journey! Learn Spanish on your own, at your own pace, in your own…

recommended by PimaLib_AskaLibrarian

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Business, Jobs, and Nonprofits
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Job Help at the Library

Whether you need a resume, interview prep, or simply don't know where to start, the Library has the help you need. Come in or use our online

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Keeping Motivated in Your Job Search

The longer you look for a job, the tougher it becomes. Feeling discouraged? Check out these ways to stay motivated in your job search.

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Getting down to business at your library
By PimaLib_KenyaJ

This article by Michelle Simon, the library's Business and Career Development Services Program Coordinator, was originally published in the Arizona…

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A 90 min. Intro to Design Thinking

Flash learning: Get in groups of 2, print off the manual (, and learn the basics of design thinking in 90 min.

Launch! by Scott Duffy
11 Vital Books for First-Time Entreprene

11 books that Andrew Medal recommends for first-time entrepreneurs.

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How do you roll?

Strength, wisdom, dexterity, intelligence, constitution, and charisma. Roll your character and play Dungeons & Dragons at the library.

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The history of superheroes: then and now

Every Monday, watch and talk movies about superheroes in film (and you don't have to buy a ticket). The Arizona Daily Wildcat tells more.

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Don't fear the creeper

Play Minecraft at the Library.

Every Day Perfect Chemistry The Perks of Being A Wallflower The Notebook
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Tough Guys Cry Too: Romantic-ish Stuff F…

Guys enjoy romantic books too. Here's a few to try out!

recommended by PimaLib_WilliamB

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Get prepared for the SAT and ACT in-pers…
By PimaLib_AskALibrarian

Preparing for the SAT and ACT may not be fun, but we're making it a little easier. This summer, get prepared online or in-person at your library. …

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Digital Media
Pronunciator - Learn English Free!
New language learning tool - Pronunciato…
By PimaLib_AskALibrarian

While we're sorry to see Mango go, we're excited to offer you a new language learning tool - Pronunciator!

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What happened to Freading eBooks?

Our Freading eBooks subscription has been canceled, but we still offer great ways to borrow eBooks.

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Watch BET's best - 7/11

Beyoncé's 7/11 video won best music video at the BET music awards. Watch it for FREE on Freegal with your library card.

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A Mystery Solved: 20 Feet From Stardom
By PimaLib_RhythmAndNews

Who are the amazing voices behind some of your favorite songs? Back-up singers tell their stories in this Oscar-winning documentary.

Just Mercy book cover
TED Talk vs. Book: Injustice

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system. Watch the talk, then download Just Mercy.

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Local Interest
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Movies for a rainy day
By PimaLib_RhythmAndNews

I'm at work today, but maybe you decided to stay at home and watch some movies on a rainy day. Monsoon season is here, and it could be raining …

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The Tucson experience: 50 must-do's

The Arizona Daily Star rolls out the top 50 essential Tucson experiences. How many can you check off your list?

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Swim at a museum downtown?

Ever want to have a swim party at an art museum? This summer you can! MOCA will be hosting mobile pools from June 20 through Sept. 26.

The Fourth Wife Lazy B The Dog Stars Girlchild
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PCPL's Random Road Trip through the Sout…

Hit the road and wander aimlessly through a few Southwestern states and the Mexican borderlands by way of this motley collection of fiction …

recommended by PimaLib_StephanieM

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Now Sowing: Eggplant
By PimaLib_SeedLibrary

Use your library card to check out some eggplant seeds. We have plenty to share!

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