May 2023
A Message from the State Librarian
Summer Reading 2023

It’s May and many of you are completing preparations for one of our core public library programs - Summer Reading! Libraries in Arizona have a long history of working together to provide summer learning opportunities.
Since the 1970’s, the State Library has offered statewide support for library programs to keep children reading during the long summer break from school. Originally, local librarians collaborated with the State Library to develop themes, and each participating library was encouraged to adapt them for their own communities. 

In 2005, the State Library joined the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and began paying annual membership fees for all Arizona’s public libraries supported through LSTA funds. This collaboration with other states opened new opportunities as materials were created to expand summer programs to all ages. By combining resources and working to produce materials designed for CSLP members, Arizona public libraries have access to programming manuals, posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and more to create opportunities for literacy, learning and community building.
Libraries across Arizona will focus their 2023 summer library program using the theme All Together Now. Special thanks to Donna Throckmorton, Library Development’s Library Services Consultant, for coordinating our state’s collaboration. During the Summer of 2022 over 107,500 Arizonans of all ages participated in a summer library program and read a total of 89,167,878 minutes. We are looking forward to even more participation this summer, as libraries across Arizona work All Together Now! to provide an enriching library experience for all ages.

Happy Summer Reading!

Holly Henley
State Librarian & Director
Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Training OpportunitiesWebinar Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


May 10, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 10, 1:00 - 4:00pm

May 11, 1:00 - 2:00pm

May 11, 1:00-2:00pm

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

May 24, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 24, 11:59 pm Central Time (CT)

May 30, 1:00 - 2:00pm

May 31, 11:00am-12:00pm


June 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

June 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 13 - July 10

June 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 15, 8:00am - 9:00am

June 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Note: This webinar will be presented in Spanish. The English Language program of this topic will be presented in August 2023.

June 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm

June 29. 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The 2023 Arizona Author Series is here! 
Join us for the final Arizona Author Series event of this year on Thursday, May 11th at 1:00pm for a discussion with Carolyn Niethammer about her book A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson's Culinary Heritage.

To learn more about Carolyn Niethammer's book and register for the talk click here.
These events are free and open to the public. Please share widely.  

Can’t make it? This presentation will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel

Be sure to check out STARL’s calendar for all Arizona Author Events! 
Contact Yahm Levin at with any questions
Looking for additional e-content to offer your patrons?
Reading Arizona is a collection of fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages about the people, places, and history of Arizona.  
Best of all: it’s free for you and your patrons!  
Learn all about it on our new video on Niche Academy or read about it on our LibGuide 
MARC records for perpetual titles are available for your library to help improve accessibility and visibility. These records are available in MARC-8 or UTF formats.  
Curious to learn more? Email Yahm Levin at with your questions and to schedule a presentation about Reading Arizona to your staff.  

Volunteers Needed for
Teen Grand Canyon Reader List
The Teacher-Librarian Division (TLD) of the Arizona Library Association is seeking volunteers to read titles to be considered for the Teen Grand Canyon Reader List. Books for the list should have a copyright date of 2020 or more recent and should be titles that teens have suggested. The goal is to finalize a list balanced for genre, interest and reading levels. If interested in volunteering, please reach out to today!
Grants and Awards
American Library Association
Building Capacity Grants 
Deadline for Submission: May 24, 2023, by 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) 
Award Notification Date: June 30, 2023 

The ALA Building Library Capacity Grants will assist libraries at academic Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the United States and US Territories that have experienced economic hardship due to the consequences of the pandemic and its aftermath, which has impacted their ability to serve their students, especially traditionally underserved populations. 

For 2023, up to sixteen grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to libraries to increase their capacity to provide essential services through December 31, 2023. 

APPLICATIONS deadline is May 24, 2023, by 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). Grants will be announced on June 30, 2023. 

Before starting, read the grant FAQand carefully review the requirements below in each category for the grant. 

For questions, please contact the American Library Association (ALA) Chapter Relations Office staff at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3200. 
Training Opportunities
Back to the Beach: a Maricopa County Library Council CE event hosted by
Chandler Public Library
Join us for “Back to the Beach,” to learn about exciting, popular, and up-and-coming adult & teen literature for Summer Reading. Enjoy a talk by Jen Deluca, author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Well Traveled, followed by a panel discussion of other exciting teen and adult summer reads by local library staff. Top it all off with some ice cream and casual networking!
May 10, 2023 1:00 - 4:00 PM Click here to register.
AzLA Professional Development Webinar:
No Shushing Required: Fun Activities in a High School Library
This session will reflect four activities designed to keep the author's school library experience alive to the students and teachers as they re-enter the physical school universe but at the same time follow some social and physical distancing rules. The projects presented in the session are Book Tasting, Lunch Time Games, Book March Madness, and Creative Workshops. The presentation will contain a definition of each program and pictures to engage the audience visually. 
May 11, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 PM Click here to register.
Connecting Library Staff with Resources for Patrons: AHCCCS and KidsCare Benefits
In April 2023, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) resumed the regular renewal process for Medicaid, which had previously been on hold during the pandemic.

In this free webinar for library staff, Allen Gjersvig of Children’s Action Alliance will explain how Arizonans at risk of losing AHCCCS/KidCare benefits can connect with unbiased, licensed Health Application Assisters. Information and resources related to this process and those who are at risk of becoming ineligible will be provided, empowering library staff to better answer patron questions.

May 30, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Click here to register.
WebJunction Webinars

  • May 23, 2023 School Librarians Lead Learning and Transformation Join this webinar for an introduction to the School Librarian’s Information Shelf and to learn more from practitioners who have applied transformative practices to their school libraries.

Infopeople Courses
  • May 9 - June 5, 2023 Basic Spanish for Library Staff This course is designed to help library workers learn basic Spanish vocabulary that can help with Spanish-speaking patrons' interactions in the library. Participants will receive resources for understanding the basic information needs of the Spanish-speaking community in order to address their needs in the library while being aware of cultural differences. These resources will include a glossary of the most commonly used terms, information about gender neutral language in Spanish, and practice scenarios that are likely to come up in a library interaction.

  • June 13 - July 10, 2023 Basic Cataloging and Classification (LSSC approved) This four-week online course will provide an overview of library cataloging and classification and prepare you to do copy cataloging. It is particularly focused on the needs of public library staff newly assigned to copy cataloging tasks. Through reading materials, online forums, and individual exercises, you will gain knowledge of basic cataloging rules and tools, commonly used controlled vocabularies, the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and MARC21 format. Applying this knowledge, you will be able to decode MARC bibliographic records and perform basic copy cataloging.

To register for a course, please email Melissa Kummen

Attracting Today's Volunteers to the Library
Volunteerism is changing. Libraries now have the opportunity to engage highly skilled volunteers who can bring their unique expertise to bear on the library’s mission. Actual success stories of innovative library volunteer engagement will be shared. 

Successfully deployed skilled volunteers can help gain community support for the library and attract more people to use and engage with it. Whether your library is large or small, this webinar will help you to revitalize library volunteerism and reap the benefits of increased community engagement. 

In this Niche Academy course, you'll learn about: 
  • Identifying what motivates today's potential volunteers and how to find the right fit for their skills and interests 
  • Making the best use of skilled volunteers at the library 
  • Designing meaningful jobs for volunteers and recruit the right candidates for them 
  • Implementing strategies for successful volunteer engagement, including gaining staff buy-in.

All Niche Academy courses are free for Arizona Library staff and can be accessed by registering (or signing in) here:

Telehealth 101: What Libraries Need to Know
Libraries in locations across the United States are beginning to offer their patrons access to telehealth services as a strategy for addressing inequities in digital access to healthcare. This class introduces telehealth, why it’s important, and how it enables people to have greater access to quality healthcare. Explore how different libraries provided patrons in their communities with access to telehealth services. This class will address privacy and ethical concerns, and review the technology and infrastructure needed to launch a successful telehealth program in your library. 
Course Objectives: 
  1. Recognize the different approaches/models to providing telehealth access within libraries.
  2. Discuss considerations such as privacy and policy for offering telehealth access within libraries.
  3. Identify infrastructure-related resources available to the library for providing telehealth services.
  4. Describe the role of the library in support of digital skills training for telehealth.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine is offering this class from July 10 - August 7. It is free for Network members (membership is also free).

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