Issue 14 | December 2018
Pinal County
Library District
Make the Most of Your Library...Your Reading History
If you use your library long enough and often enough, it's bound to happen eventually: you find a great book on the shelf, check it out and take it home...only to discover that you have already read it!

While it's often great to re-read an old favorite, it's also nice to be able to see what books you have already checked out.

Did you know you CAN? It's called your "Reading History," and you can turn it on by signing into the My Account page on our website. Click on the Contact Information and Preferences tab, then just scroll down and check the box marked "Maintain reading history." You'll then be able to see a list of all the items you check out from that point onward, just by signing into your account.

There are a few things to remember: Because the library wants to protect your privacy, you do have to "opt in" for this service by signing in and checking the box. By default, we leave it off. Also---and for the same reason---your reading history will begin from the time you turn it on . Finally, you can turn off your reading history at any time, just by un-checking the box in your account..
Featured Events This Month
December is the heart of the holiday season! Here are some holiday festivities taking place at libraries around Pinal County this month.
Monday, December 10, 4:00-5:00 PM
Eloy-Santa Cruz Public Library
1000 N. Main St.
Eloy, Arizona 85131
(520) 466-3814

Stop by the library to decorate your own Christmas stocking. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Please call the library for more information at (520) 466-3814.
Saturday, December 15, 1:00-3:00 PM
Apache Junction Public Library
1177 N. Idaho Rd. 
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 
(480) 474-8555

Families are invited to this special Holiday Harry Potter Event! Complete with potions class, ornaments, photos, wands and crafts! The Teen Advisory Board will kick-off the event with a special Holiday Performance at 1 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here from 2-3 pm to visit with kids! For more information please visit Or call the library for more information: 480-474-8555
Monsday, December 17, 6:00-7:00 PM
Casa Grande Public Library
449 N. Dry Lake 
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
(520) 421-8710

Children of all ages are welcome to come to the Main Library for a special Christmas Storytime event. Listen to Santa read a Christmas story while enjoying hot chocolate (or chocolate milk), and cookies. Santa will also be available to take pictures with your child(ren) until 6:45 p.m. Please bring your own camera as you will need to take your own Santa pictures.
Thursday, December 20, 10:15-11:00 PM
Coolidge Public Library
160 W. Central Avenue
Coolidge, AZ 85128
(520) 723-6030

Join us for a very special and festive story time at San Carlos Park (300 W Central). This will be a story time you will never forget! Listen to The Polar Express story, enjoy a snack, and then ride a train around the park!
Friday, December 21, 10:00-11;00 AM
Florence Community Library
778 N. Main St.
Florence, AZ 85132
(520) 868-8311

Children of all ages are invited to the library’s Grinch-mas Party. The Arizona Puppet Theater will kick off the event with their show, The Selfish Elf. Stay after the show for a special Storytime showcasing Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic!
Want More Upcoming Events?
Check our Calendars!
The Events Calendar on our website lists many of the programs happening in libraries around the county.

Some of the larger local libraries have their own, more detailed 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.
T his month's feature database:

NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert reading recommendations in  both fiction and nonfiction , for all ages. Just type in the name of an author, title, or series you enjoy, and NoveList will help point you toward other authors, books, or series that you might also enjoy. You can also just describe the kind of story you're in the mood for, and NoveList will find you titles that fit the bill.

Features include:
  • Lists of Top 10, Favorites, and Award-winning titles
  • Read-alike suggestions for books (and "listen-alikes" for audiobooks)
  • Book reviews and recommendations
  • Series information lists titles in their order
  •  Genres, Themes, and Appeal Factors for each title make it easy to see how two titles are similar to each other
  • There's even a NoveList K-8 database, specifically for children's books

You can find NoveList Plus, NoveList K-8, and the rest of our online databases on our website, by clicking the Research tab.

Pinal County Library District