June 2021
A Message from the State Librarian
It’s June, and it’s time for one of the signature programs of public libraries - Summer Reading! This program has a long history in Arizona. In the 70’s, the State Library started offering support statewide for programs to keep children reading during the long summer break from school. Local librarians collaborated with the State Library to develop themes, and basic resources were provided using LSTA funds. Each participating library was encouraged to adapt them for their own communities. Friends of the Library at local libraries often supplemented the libraries’ budgeted funds to help provide activities for children to develop and sustain a love of reading while practicing their reading skills.
In 2005, the State Library joined the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and began paying annual membership fees for all Arizona’s public libraries to allow the State Library to make available the exclusive materials created for member use only. This collaboration with other states opened up new opportunities as materials were created to offer specific programs to children, teens, adults, and preschoolers, whose parents and caregivers would read to them. 
Arizona librarians have used these materials creatively and followed the research on the value of summer reading to offer engaging ways to encourage children and adults to read and learn. Reading for 20 minutes per day, participating in summer reading games online, working to achieve badges, and doing math activities that incorporate reading are just a few examples.
Throughout the pandemic and now as libraries are opening up to more in-person opportunities, we are seeing your continued creativity in keeping this longstanding library program exciting and relevant. Thank you!!! Please continue to share your plans and stories from “Tails and Tales" - such as the one from Winslow Public Library below.
Happy Summer Reading!
Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Learning Path, Wisdom Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


June 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

June 15, 6:00pm-7:00pm

June 17,11:00am-12:00pm

June 17, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Libraries 2.021: Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID world

June 23,11:00am-12:00pm


July 14, 1:00pm-2:00pm

July 21
NASA @ my Library grants final day

July 29, 11:00am-12:00pm


August 24 & 26

ARPA Funding Update
On May 12, 2021 the State Library released the information and allotments for the ARPA funds. The funding amount for the libraries was determined based on a needs index that accounted for education, poverty level, unemployment, internet access, and other factors.

The menu of allowable opportunities and table of what each library is eligible for can be found here. It’s critical that the application be completed by July 1, 2021.

This is truly a unique opportunity and we’re excited to see the good work that you are able to do with these funds for your communities.

If you have any questions please contact Stacy Nykorchuk anykorchuk@azlibrary.gov
NASA @ My Library Grants
Public and tribal libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education initiative that will increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. 

Sixty public and tribal libraries in the U.S. will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners. 

Applications will be accepted from May 17 to July 21.
2019 Public Library Survey
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the 2019 Public Library Survey data. This survey includes information on over 9,000 library systems from across the country, including Arizona's 90 library systems (220 outlets). This data can be used to compare a wide range of library-related metrics -- including circulation, staffing, programming, and square footage -- through IMLS's Search and Compare Tool. These kinds of comparisons can help ensure that you are being provided with the necessary information to meet your community's needs. It can also help you identify trends both within your library system as well as in the library world at large.

Please note: if you report on the annual Public Library Survey, there are a number of upcoming changes to the survey questions. These changes are designed to increase the level of detail captured, particularly as it relates to programming. It also includes updates to better reflect the diversity of unique services libraries offer, much like those utilized during COVID-19. Keep an eye on your email for these updates as well as notices of future training opportunities.

If you have any questions related to the Public Library Survey contact Chris Guerra cguerra@azlibrary.gov.
Arizona Tales of Summer Reading
Winslow Public Library engages the hearts, minds and bodies of the entire community.

Winslow Public Library will be hosting a summer reading Library Clue challenge. Participants will be asked to help solve a very disturbing mystery. They will need to figure out the place, weapon, and culprit.

Was it the local sheriff with the rifle in the library? Or was it the schoolmarm with poison in the saloon? Help the Winslow Public Library solve the murder – and be entered to win a prize! 

Participants will pick up a clue card and visit local business to narrow down their suspicions. Families can work together to develop problem-solving skills and the community is strengthened as participants visit local businesses.

“The library wins, businesses win, parents win, and kids win - everybody gets a great benefit from it,” says Brandee Leary, Library Manager at the Winslow Public Library. “We're hoping this will spark more interest in local businesses and encourage people to visit businesses they might not otherwise as community members stay active and engaged.”

Share your summer reading stories with us! Send submissions to the newsletter editor.
Online Events
Arizona Author Series
Once a month the State of Arizona Research Library hosts
a local author, professor, or historian to present on a unique aspect of Arizona history.
The presentations are held virtually and are free to attend.  Authors cover a wide range of topics, so you will always leave having learned something new about the state’s rich history.  
On Wednesday, June 23 at 1:00pm Lesley Poling-Kempes will present "Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey”

Author and historian Lesley Poling-Kempes will show historic photos and discuss the research journey of discovery that became her celebrated book, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & their Adventures in the American Southwest (UA Press 2015). Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.
Check out the book on Reading Arizona
On Wednesday, July 14 at 1:00 pm Lisa Schnebly Heidinger will present a talk, "Sedona Schnebly: Telling My Great-Grandmother’s Story" as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2021 Arizona Author Series.

Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly followed her husband west when their small Missouri town condemned his Presbyterian religion. Arriving in Arizona Territory in 1901, they planted orchards and hosted early tourists in what is now named Sedona. After a lifetime of collecting stories, author Lisa Schnebly Heidinger created a vivid journal beginning with the Schnebly family’s genteel beginnings, taking them on adventures including trappers, rattlesnakes and colorful guests.

We would appreciate any efforts you make to share this information with your library's patrons. You and your patrons are encouraged to visit the State of Arizona Research Library event calendar to register for the upcoming presentations and to stay updated on future events. 

Please contact Paloma Phelps at pphelps@azlibrary.gov with any questions or for publicity materials. 
Women of Color Leading Arizona
The final program in the series occurs on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm featuring Dr. Irasema Coronado and Dr. Lisa Magaña as they present “Women of Color, Power and Politics in Arizona,” which will expand on the influence of women of color in contemporary Arizona politics.
We would appreciate any efforts you make to share this information with your library's patrons. You and your patrons are encouraged to visit the Arizona Capitol Museum calendar of events to stay updated on future events. 
Please contact Naomi Primeau at nprimeau@azlibrary.gov with any questions or for publicity materials. 
AMP Partner Workshop
The Arizona Memory Project (AMP) provides free online, digital access to a wealth of primary sources from Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Visitors to AMP will find valuable government documents, photographs, maps, and other resources related to Arizona history, culture and statecraft.
Register for an online workshop on July 29 at 11:00 am that will provide an overview of AMP, and show you how to become an AMP Partner by contributing content from your institution. Topics include how to select content, metadata entry, digitization resources, a software demonstration, and a Q&A.

Current Partners are also encouraged to attend as a refresher or for one-on-one project support after the presentation.

Sign up today and see how the Arizona Memory Project can help your collections reach a global audience. For more information contact Ryan Ehrfurth.
The Learning Path
Arizona Reimagines School Readiness
August 24 & 26, 2021
Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness?

Participants in this training will:
  • Gain knowledge of key findings from current cognitive and developmental psychology research.
  • Understand the practical implications of school readiness for children.
  • Reflect on how research findings connect with current library programming.
  • Increase comfort in facilitating hands-on activities with children and their caregivers.
  • Gain practical ready-to-implement ideas for activities to use with children and their caregivers.
  • Gain resources for staff training and to disseminate to caregivers.

Donna Throckmorton and Ann Marie Creegan will share the research and facilitate learning activities for library staff.  

Special Guest Presenter: Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant will connect the research to library practices for babies and toddlers with a 30-minute presentation at each session. 

This training is made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and a partnership between the Arizona State Library, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the California State Library, and the Pacific Library Partnership. 

Library Works Webinars
The Arizona State Library has purchased a limited number of seats to the upcoming Library Works webinars. These webinars will need to be attended live on the listed date and time.  
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

To register, contact Ann Marie Creegan

Wisdom Wednesdays
PCI Webinars
Every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Library Development offers webinars on various topics, through PCI. Topics include management, children's programs, genealogy and more. Register today. Seats are limited.

Libraries 2.021
Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World
"Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.

Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID-19 world. Register online today.
ALA Annual Conference 2021
Join the library community online this summer at the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held June 23-29. You’ll find education, authors, exhibitors, best practice information, networking, and more.

Event Highlights:
  • Educational programming, created and curated by library professionals
  • News You Can Use Sessions with updates that highlight new research, innovations, and advances in libraries
  • Memorable and inspiring Featured Speakers
  • The Library Marketplace with more than 250 participating exhibitors, 11 Presentation Stages, Swag-A-Palooza, and more
  • COVID-19 information for libraries
  • Discussion Groups
  • Presidents' Programs
  • Livestreamed presentations
  • Leading authors 
  • Networking opportunities to share and connect with peers
  • and more

AzLA Update
Annual Conference 2021
From Dr John Walsh, AzLA President: 
“Unfortunately, it is with heavy heart that I announce the AzLA Board has approved postponing this year's annual conference. There will be no in person conference this year. We will be contacting the membership soon with further details.”

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