Issue 3| January 2018
Pinal County
Library District
Make the Most of Your Library: Find Materials by Format
You may already know that you can search for materials across all Pinal County public libraries by using the search box at the top of our homepage. For example: you'll find over 300 items just by typing in the term "Harry Potter."

But what if you're only interested in the Harry Potter audiobooks? Or just the movies? What if you only want them on Blu-Ray?

Instead of browsing through all 346 search results, you can just eliminate the items that don't meet your needs by using the Format Limiter. Here's how:

After you run a search in our catalog, notice the "Limit By" drop-down menu at the top of the results page. From that menu, you can choose the format you're looking for, be it audiobook, ebook, large print, DVD, Blu-Ray, or CD. Choosing a format will automatically exclude all the items in other formats. This means instead of looking through all 346 Harry Potter results, you could browse just our fourteen Harry Potter Blu-Ray results, or the thirteen audiobook results, or the nine Harry Potter ebooks.
Check Out the Fun Van!
Fun Van is a parenting education program supported by First Things First. Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 can attend free
2-hour parenting classes at a variety of locations across Pinal County, including several of our libraries. Children receive a free book and toy each week.

In January, te Fun Van will be making regular stops at the following Pinal County libraries. Contact your library for more information:
  • Apache Junction Public Library
  • Casa Grande Public Library
  • Coolidge Public Library
  • Florence Public Libary

Click here for more about the Fun Van program and to register. Click here for a list of scheduled Fun Van locations.
Featured Events This Month
Here are a few programs taking place at libraries around Pinal County this month. Click on a program title for more information:
Tuesday January 9, 3-4 PM
Florence Community Library
778 N. Main St. 
Florence, AZ 85132
(520) 868-8311

On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from October—March, the Florence Community Library will host a lecture series presented by Hospice of the Valley. Presentations will last approximately one hour, which will include time for questions and discussion. The January 9 program will be "Healthcare Decisions." The February program will be "What is Dementia Anyway?"
Thursdays, 4-5 PM
Vista Grande Public Library
1556 N. Arizola Rd
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
(520) 421-8652

Join Mr. Jacob for an after school robotics, technology, and coding club, Thursdays from 4-5 pm. The program is open to children ages 7-12. (parents must be present in the library for children under 12). Please contact the Vista Grande Public Library in Casa Grande to register.
Tuesday, January 23, 2:30 PM
 Apache Junction Public Library
1177 N. Idaho Rd. 
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 474-8555

 Ancient Indian pictographs and petroglyphs are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves? Sometimes even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives. Learn what we know about petroglyphs with archaeologist Allen Dart.
Swingin' With Dean
Thursday January 25, 6 PM
Coolidge Public Library
160 W. Central Avenue
Coolidge, AZ 85128
(520) 723-6030

Traveling musician Dean Ratzman will play a variety of music from '40s Swing to Big Band & Jazz Standards.This program is FREE & open to the public.
Want More Upcoming Events?
Check our Calendar!
Pinal County Libraries have a lot going on!
The Events Calendar on our website lists many of the programs happening in libraries around the county.

In addition, some of the larger local libraries have their own, more detailed calendars. Here are some handy links to other library calendars:
Research Spotlight
Our libraries are fun places with a lot of entertainment to offer, but we also provide great research tools. We offer subscription research databases that you can access for free with your library card.
This month's feature database:
Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana legalization. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

The database provides pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, graphics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more. You can find Opposing Viewpoints In Context and our other online databases on our website, by clicking the   Research tab.

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