What's New @ Your 
Chandler Public Library
March 2020
Just a quick reminder that March 11 - March 26, our Basha and Hamilton locations will open at 9 a.m., Monday - Friday because of Spring break. Please visit our Location & Hours page or download our app to access the latest info!
2020 Spring Reading Program

Chandler Public Library is excited to once again partner with In-N-Out Burger® to provide this fun reading incentive program March 7 - April 18, 2020!

Children ages 4-12 who read five books at their reading level may earn a "Cover to Cover Club" reading certificate, along with a coupon for a free hamburger or cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger®. Families can pick up a reading log from any Chandler Public Library to enroll their children in the program. Use the log to list titles read. After the five books are read, a parent or guardian signs the reading log and the child receives a certificate.

Each child may earn up to three certificates during the program, while supplies last. If a child between the eligible ages is unable to read themselves a parent may read to them to participate.

For more information, please call 480-782-2800 or drop by one of the four library locations starting March 7.
Census 2020

Did you know taking the #2020Census impacts the amount of funds our libraries stand to receive in federal grants to support early literacy in our community?

The census is a self-portrait of the nation. Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires a count (or "census") of everyone living in the country. The count must include people of all ages, races and ethnic groups; all citizens and non-citizens. In March 2020, every household will receive a postcard in the mail. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online, beginning on March 12. The 2020 Census is the first to be conducted primarily online, although if you prefer, you can call the number on the postcard and submit your responses over the phone. Every household must respond by April 1, 2020. Participating in the census is your right and responsibility.

Why does the 2020 Census matter? The Census collects details on the entire country's population. This information is used to:
  • Distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and communities each year for the next decade. Arizona's share is roughly $20 billion. That's nearly $3,000 for every person counted.
  • Determine representation in Congress.
  • Allocate resources for job creation, housing, infrastructure and more.
  • Determine where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and other essential services should be built.
The census significantly impacts the City of Chandler and its residents; a complete and accurate count is essential. Learn more at the  City of Chandler website.
This Month @ Your Chandler Public Library
The Saturday Morning Writers Club is a free space, sharing ideas and giving encouragement for those with (or looking for) a passion for writing.
The purpose and goals of this self-facilitated group will be for established writers and "would-be writers" to discuss:
Ideas for topics
  • Finding the writer within
  • Resources for technical as well as inspirational help
  • Guidance when needed
  • A sounding board for ideas
  • Masterminding
  • Proofreading, editing, publishing help, author platform, etc.
While always following the concept of a safe environment for exploring ideas and helping to make those ideas a reality, members of this group will grow and achieve goals without the pressure of a class structure.
As we celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment in 2020, local journalist Jana Bommersbach looks back at the enormous effort it took for women to be granted full citizenship and the vote. History has downplayed suffrage, as if it were just a footnote in American history, when in fact, it was the nation's largest civil rights movement. Western women got the vote long before their Eastern sisters, but don't dare tell an Arizona suffragette that she had it easy. Arizona had its own dirty tricks! Bommersbach has won accolades in every facet of her career- investigative reporter, magazine columnist, television commentator and author of nationally acclaimed books. She currently writes for True West magazine, digging up the true stories behind the popular myths, with an emphasis on Arizona's real history and women of the Old West. This program is made possible in part by the Arizona Humanities.
Honey bees are essential for the food crops that we consume daily. One-third of this food relies on bee pollination and other pollinators like butterflies, birds, and bats. U.S. Beekeepers are losing an average of 30-40% of their honey bee colonies due to factors like parasites, diseases, chemical usage, and habitat loss. Learn about these important insects and the repercussions of their decline. Dr. Cahit Ozturk is a research technologist and associate researcher at Arizona State University. He works with several distinguished research teams at ASU where he helps design projects focused on honey bee learning and behavior.
Science Matters@CPL is Science Cafe that explores ideas and the latest research in science topics that matter to you, through presentations and discussion with local scientists and experts.

For detailed information on these programs, as well as many others, please visit our website or call 480-782-2800.
Friends Book Drive
Are you ready to tidy up your living space and try a Marie Kondo inspired life? Are you looking for sustainable options for moving your old books and media into new hands, where they will be appreciated and used? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the Chandler Public Library is ready to assist!
From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 28, all four Chandler Public Library  locations   will participate in a Book Drive & Curbside Drop-off event to collect items that will be sold later through the Friends of the Chandler Public Library Book Shops. Donation of adult and children's hardback and paperback books, audio CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and textbooks will help the Friends raise critical funds for library programs and services.
To donate, place your gently used books and media in small boxes and bring them to your nearest Chandler Library location between 10 a.m. and noon on March 28. Follow directional signage to the drop-off point and teen volunteers will be on hand to unload your donations. To see a complete list of what we do and don't accept, click here.
Women's Suffrage exhibit at Chandler Public Library
The Arizona State Questers, a nonprofit group, have created a traveling exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. The exhibit will be on display at the following Chandler Public Library locations during regular business hours:
  • Sunset Library: March 17- March 22
  • Downtown Library: March 24- March 29
  • Basha Library: April 1- April 7
American women first formally asked for the vote at the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848. The site of the convention is now the National Women's Rights Historical Park, with an impressive visitor center. The 19th Amendment was ratified by 36 states and signed into law August 26, 1920. Many leading suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who worked together for more than 50 years, never lived to see women win the right to vote.

Six individual, freestanding canvas banners, each 36" wide and 86" tall, tell the story of the 72-year nonviolent struggle to win the vote. The exhibit features colorful illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions of the reasons women had to fight for the vote, efforts to win the vote, difficulties the suffragists faced, and women's suffrage in Arizona, progress women have made with use of the vote.

In addition to the display, the public is invited to attend Our Stories: "Hyenas in Petticoats"- How Women Struggled Against Every Dirty Trick in the Book to Win the Vote! at the Chandler Sunset Library on Saturday, March 21, 10:30am - noon.
What Are Librarians Reading?

Looking for:
Something to read on Spring break 
Do you think spring break means more time to read? We've got you covered! The library has reading material of all sorts, from books and audiobooks to interactive children's books to ebooks and magazines you can take with you on your smartphone or tablet - perfect if you're packing for those spring break trips!
Cloud Library is our ebook service, featuring both ebooks and audio ebooks. Download the free Cloud Library app for Android, iOS, computer/laptop or Kindle Fire, and start checking out! You can have ten books checked out at a time and they return themselves automatically after two weeks - no late fines! Take a peek at the Featured ebooks page for suggestions including new arrivals, most popular and "Hidden Gems" (titles that haven't checked out as often). You can also browse by category or search by title or author.
Are magazines more your style? Get full-page issues of your favorites from Flipster! Visit Flipster at the library's website to read instantly online, or take Flipster on the go with the free Flipster app for Android, iOS, or Kindle fire.
We've got choices for kids, too! Tumblebook Library offers multimedia children's books - with pictures, text and audio that can read along with your child. For kids from first to eighth grade. Sign in with your library card and PIN, and enjoy Tumblebooks on any computer.
Book Sales
Shop for used books at our Downtown and Sunset Library locations March 4 - 8, 2020 during regular business hours.

All books are 75% off!

Plenty of items for sale, bestsellers, classics, hardbacks and paperback!

Featured March 11 - 22, 2020 at our Downtown locations are Children's books.  Find a gift for someone or a treasure for yourself!

The mission of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library is to raise awareness of library programs and services and provide financial and volunteer support to make our great Library even better! All proceeds from used book sales go directly in support of our libraries, literacy, and life-long learning.

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Chandler Basha Library
5990 S Val Vista Drive
Chandler, AZ 85249

Chandler Downtown Library
22 S Delaware Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

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3700 S Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85248

Chandler Sunset Library
4930 W Ray Road
Chandler AZ 85226