Flying our flag

Main Library guards folding the flag

How many of you fly the flag at home? At the library we fly them every day. Every sunny morning we unfold the American and Arizona flags and run them up the pole, and we take them down every day around sunset, then fold them carefully. If you were a boy or girl scout, were in […]

Read More

Pokémania 101

Pokémon GO Plus

Or, a Guide for the Perplexed. In 10 days the Pokémon GO game, one of the first to take place in real space, has gone from rumors to ubiquity. It's been breathtaking to see how quickly the game has captured the attention of young and old alike. It's easy to make fun of something so […]

Read More

A Plethora of Potter

Lisa's Harry Potter party props

All of a sudden Harry Potter news is EVERYwhere! Here's a summary of what's up. [This post contains no spoilers that Rowling herself hasn't shared.] Potter party at Himmel Park Library, make yer own wizard book, and Potter astronomy EDIT: Please note that the harry Potter party at Himmel Library has been moved back a day to […]

Read More

More honors for “My Tata’s Remedies!”

cover art for book Hip Hip Hooray It's Monsoon Day

Let's all have some mint tea to celebrate: local children’s author Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford just told us that her book My Tata's Remedies = Los Remedios De Mi Tata has been selected by the Arizona State Library's Arizona Center for the Book as their next Great Read for Arizona, representing our state at the National Book Festival this September! Los […]

Read More

What is “Museum as Sanctuary?”

Don't miss the "Museum as Sanctuary" exhibit at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library this month. The project, a partnership between Owl & Panther and the Tucson Museum of Art is one of Tucson's gems, and was just named a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. I asked Marianna Pegno, the TMA's Associate Curator of Education, […]

Read More

Tucson Loves Its Little Free Libraries

featured image

Two years ago I made a list of the Little Free Libraries in Tucson, and there were only 9. Today I checked, and there are over 25! Tucson loves its Little Free Libraries. Actually, everyone does: worldwide there are approximately 36,000 little free library boxes. What are they? Shared boxes in neighborhoods where area residents can […]

Read More

Building Referrals with Social Media

featured image

You can spread the word about your business through word of mouth, traditional marketing, crowdfunding, and social media. Another longstanding method is to create a referral network of other businesses who serve the same customer segments. Referrals can save time and money, and help keep capital local. And finally, these relationships can be a valuable […]

Read More

Strategic Partnerships

featured image

What is a strategic partnership? It's a long-term relationship where two separate businesses (who don't compete with each other) cooperate and make each other stronger. Why a strategic partnership? They not only help your business become more competitive, they can also help the local economy get stronger. Local First Arizona recently found that every dollar spent locally generates four more dollars in revenue. A […]

Read More

The Best Books of 2015, A List of Lists

2015 Best Books

This time of year there is an abundance of "best books" lists on all kinds of topics. Whether you're looking for yourself or buying for a friend, you should find some treasures here. What was the best book YOU read this year? You're invited to join our new book catalog, and comment on your favorites with your reviews. Last update: […]

Read More

Public Library Book Bikes: History and How-To

featured image

by Katrin A. Abel, published with permission. A research paper for the University of Texas at Austin Written on May 7, 2015 Introduction They may roll into town astride the Bookbike, Books on Bikes, the Bibliocycle, the BookCycle, or the Library on Wheels.  They hail from such far-flung lands as Omaha, Tucson, Boulder, Los Angeles, […]

Read More