Winter 2015-16 - Prescott Public Library

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Winter 2015-16 - Prescott Public Library
Volume 29, No 4
Winter 2015/16
Prescott Public Library and Friends
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of the
Prescott Public Library
Changes to Library Services
his issue of The Roundup comes to you a bit later than normal. The
Friends Board agreed to hold printing until after the November 10
City Council meeting. This allowed us to have a better idea of the midyear budget cuts made necessary by the unfunded obligations to the Public
Safety Personnel Retirement System. After a number of discussions this
fall, the Council settled on a scenario of cuts that will reduce the library
budget by $90,000, split between personnel and materials.
These cuts will have significant impacts on library services. The
personnel cuts will mean a marked change to the public services we can
offer. Find specific information about the changes on our website, in an
upcoming email blast or in information sheets you’ll find at any service
desk. Current details are further discussed in the article on page 2.
The cuts we experienced this year are only an indication of budgets in
the coming years. Unless a funding mechanism is found to pay down
what is owed to the PSPRS, additional cuts will be required each year
from the departments that are supported by the general fund.
Thank you to all who have been supportive during the drawn out
process of this painful budget reduction. Be assured that the Prescott
Public Library staff will provide the best service possible within the
budget parameters we are provided.
I will see you at the library.
Roger Saft
Prescott Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Reading Circle
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f you are looking for excellent books to read and a place to share them,
join the newly-formed Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle of
Prescott on the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Elsea
Room. Rather than all Circle members reading the same book each
month, participants choose a book from the CLSC list to read, then
introduce and discuss their chosen book with the group. You can find the
link to the very extensive book list on the Online Events Calendar.
Begun in 1878, the list, which is chosen by members of the Chautauqua
Institute, has more than 800 books covering a wide spectrum of subjects
in both fiction and nonfiction. In 2015-16, they added 12 new titles;
including The Sounds of Poetry a book about the mechanics of poetry,
written by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and a post-apocalyptic science
fiction title, Station Eleven which was a National Book Award Finalist
and a PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We
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Cannot See, Erik Larson’s Dead Wake and Diane Ackerman’s The Human
Age. The variety of titles and subjects on the list is diverse, so there should
be something for almost everyone.
Marjory Sente, facilitator, is a member of the CLSC Class of 2010 and
has read over 60 books from the list and completed the Parnassian level
of the formal course of instruction. Marj is also a long-time supporter
of Prescott Public Library in many ways: leading
the way for years as President of the Friends, being
instrumental as a fundraiser during the Second
Century building campaign and leading by example
with her own financial gifts. We are fortunate to have
Marj continue her association with the library in this
new capacity!
A Million Dollar View and More
he North Reading Room of the library is one of the most beautiful spots in the building.
Commanding views of Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte and lovely artwork offer a
quiet study and reading environment that is hard to beat. Thanks to the ongoing generosity
of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library, the
North Reading Room now has more than just a
pretty face—it has easily accessible power outlets
on the library tables, low-profile carrels to offer
private study space and counters along the bay
windows for additional “powered” workspaces.
Beautiful and now functional, the North Reading
Room is a favorite library destination for patrons
seeking quiet, power and privacy—all in a
spectacular setting.
Memorials And Gifts
Memorials
In Memory of:
Len Covello
Donor:
Prescott Outings Club
Noel Jordan
GFWC The Monday Club
Jim Lewis
Catherine and Richard
Hoaglund
Roz Trotter and
Corrine Cushing
Adrienne Theriault
Nel Osborn
Library Services
Impacted By
Budget Cuts
A
t the November 10 Prescott City Council meeting, the Council
voted to reduce the library budget by $90,000 which includes
$50,000 in cuts to library staffing. With the loss of several staff it
is necessary to make some changes to library services that will take
place beginning January 1, 2016.
n The most significant change will be reductions to our library
hours. New library hours will be: Mon 9-5, Tue 9-8, Wed 9-8,
Thu 9-8, Fri 9-5, Sat 9-5, Sun: closed.
Friends Giving
$100–$499
Roger & Betty Antony
Lawrence Arnone
Cheryl Berry
Kelly & Emil Boryca
Carol Brownlow
Susan Cheyney
Jane Cook
Henry & Linda Dahlberg
David Fornara
Penelope Freel
Robert & Betty Greer
Kris Holt
Barbara Houser
Martha Jensen
Bill & Barb Kiger
Susan Lemieux
John & Sherry Lyle
William Lynam
Tom & Sue Lynch
Terry & Kathleen Madeda
Theresa Marquardt
James & Deborah
McCasland
Bruce & Georjean
McKeeman
Lucien L. Miner
Tom & Gerri Mulvihill
Tony & Judy Politi
Beryl Rae
Barbara Richardson-Cox
Lapreil Schwan
Melvyn Shutz
Mary Gray Stephenson
Charles Tewksbury
Bruce & Patti Trahern
Barbara Wich
Jean Wilcox
Ed & Vera Williams
Phillip Zink
$500 – $999
Ralph Dinsman
Veronica Wilson
GFWC The Monday Club
$1,000 – $4,999
Dorothy Berry
Jack C. Borok
Derek Brownlee
$5,000 & Up
Luanne Leeson
2015 Legacy Gifts
The Elsea Family Trust
John and Marion Baker
Robert and Patricia Gerling
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n The following book drops will be closed: Fire Station 71 on
White Spar Road, Fire Station 75 on Lee Boulevard and the
Goodwill Store and Donation Center on Iron Springs Road.
n The book lockers at the Rowle P. Simmons Community
Center (Adult Center) will be closed.
n Budget cuts also specified the reduction of library materials
expenditures by $40,000. This includes reductions to database
subscriptions, magazine subscriptions and book purchases.
n Additionally there will be charges for use of some meeting
rooms beginning in July 2016. More information about
meeting room fees will be available in early 2016.
Prescott Public Library prides itself on delivering excellent
service and providing a first-class library to area residents. We will
continue to do so to the best of our ability as our budget allows.
Please know that we, too, are adjusting to this new reality and we
will do everything we can to make your experience in the library as
enjoyable as it always has been. We appreciate all of the support you
have provided us along the way and in the coming months.
Roger Saft
Library Director
Volunteer
News
Welcome to our new volunteers!
Books on Wheels
Madeline Taylor
Circulation
Patricia Brenner
Julie Faris
Norma Mazur
Bob Murray
Aristides Nafpliotis
Thank you to our 150+ volunteers who
dedicate an average of 1,300 hours
each month. Prescott Public Library
Volunteers are the Heart of the Library!
Winter 2015/16
Events for Adults
The Prescott Public Library presents an eclectic array of guest speakers, authors and musicians. Join a group, meet new people,
have some fun! MANY OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY. For specific
dates, topics or last-minute changes please check our online events calendar. For more information, call 928.777.1526 or
email [email protected]
Special Events:
Arizona Humanities Lecture: Father
Kino: Journey to Discovery with
Barbara Jaquay
Thursday, February 4, 5 p.m.
The Sweet Adelines entertain with a mix
of barbershop style music. Presented with
funding from the Friends of the Prescott
Public Library.
Anthropologist Barbara Jaquay discusses Father
Eusebio Kino, an Arizonan recognized in the
U.S. Capitol Hall of Heroes. A
Jesuit missionary, Kino was also
a mathematician, astronomer
and mapmaker. Presented with
funding from the Friends of
the Library. Additional funding
provided by the Arizona Humanities Council.
Writing Workshop Series
with Carol Levin
Bill Weiss Historical Lecture: Did the
Sixties Matter?
Sweet Adelines
Sunday, December 13, 2 p.m.
First Wednesdays,
3 p.m.
Starting in January 2016,
this changes to First Wednesdays
and starts at 3 p.m. in the Elsea Room
January 6: Where Are You?
February 3: Paint with Words
Register for each workshop individually.
Register online, at the Ask a Librarian desk
or call 928.777.1526. Presented with funding
from the Friends of the Library.
Genealogy Research Series:
Using the Learning Center
at Ancestry.com with
Valene Woolridge
Monday, January 25,
2:30 p.m.
Whether you’re taking your first steps
researching family history or are experienced,
learn about Ancestry.com’s Family History 101
and the Family History Wiki. Register online, at
the Ask a Librarian desk or call 928.777.1526.
Arizona Humanities
Lecture: Arizona
Ghost Towns with
Marshall Shore
Thursday,
January 7, 5 p.m.
Explore history with
Arizona’s Hip Historian,
Marshall Shore. Some ghost towns tell a boomto-bust story, while others, like Jerome, have
become a thriving tourist destination. Presented
with funding from the Friends of the Library.
Additional funding provided by the Arizona
Humanities Council.
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Monday, February 22,
2:30 p.m.
Historian Bill Weiss revisits the
Sixties through three important
movements: civil rights,
antiwar and women’s rights.
Did these movements effect
permanent change or was this simply another
example of action and reaction in our history?
Outreach Events:
Lunch with a Librarian
Second and Fourth Thursdays,
11 a.m.–1 p.m. January 14, 28,
February 11, 25
Rowle P. Simmons Community Center
Recurring Weekly Events:
Conversational Spanish
Mondays, 11 a.m.
Job Help Hub Lab
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–Noon Register online, at
the Ask a Librarian desk or call 928.777.1526.
Computer Skills Workshops
Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.
Register online, at the Ask a Librarian desk or call
928.777.1526.
Basic Computer Skills
December 3, January 7, February 4
Basic Internet Skills
December 10, January 14, February 11
Basic Word Processing Skills
Recurring Monthly Events:
Poetry Discussion Group
First Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
December 2, January 6, February 3
It’s a Mystery Book Group
First Fridays, 2 p.m.
December 4, January 8, February 5
New! Prescott
CLSC Reading Circle
Second Mondays, 2 p.m.
December 14, January 11, February 8
If you are looking for excellent books and a place
to share them, join the Prescott Chautauqua
Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC). Each
month Circle members will revisit a book they
have read.
Tuesday Morning Book Group
Second Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
December 15, January 12, February 9
Genealogy Mentoring Sessions
Second and Fourth
Thursdays, 1–2 p.m., 2-3 p.m.
January 14, 28, February 11, 25
WORDS Book Group
Second Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
December 10, January 14, February 11
New! Community
Salon
Second Thursdays, 10 a.m.
December 10, January 14, February 11
Join an open and respectful discussion of
current events and leave with an interest in
furthering your knowledge of events that affect
you and your surroundings.
Territorial Talent Series
Third Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
December 16: Sistah Mary Grace
January 20: Danny Romero
February 17:
Touché Moon
Presented with
funding from the
Friends of the
Prescott Public
Library.
December 17, January 21, February 18
Intermediate Workshops:
Craigslist 101 January 28
Continued on Page 4
Winter 2015/16
Events for Adults, continued
Financial Education Seminar Series
with Scott Sandell
Second Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
Starting in January 2016,
this program moves to
the second Tuesday of
the month and starts at
3 p.m.
January 12: Today’s World of
Safe Investing
February 9: Tax Planning For Your
Retirement Years
Third Friday Chamber Music Series
Third Fridays, 3:30 p.m.
Genealogy 101
Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Starting in January 2016, this concert
series will start at 3:30 p.m.
December 8, January 12, February 9
Registration is limited to six people. Register
online, at the Ask a Librarian desk or call
928.777.1526.
December 11 at 3:45 p.m.,
January 15, February 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Third Thursday Star Talk Series
Third Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Starting in January 2016, this program
will begin at 6 p.m.
January 21, February 18
Message from the President
Dear Friends,
Don’t forget that you can view the new Friends webpage at www.
friendsofprescottpubliclibrary.org. The website was created by Bill
hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather and have had some rain
Arnold, a member of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library Board
at your house.
of Directors.
Thank you for your membership in the Friends organization. Your
If you haven’t already sent a donation this year, please take a moment to
membership along with book sales and donations fund the programs and
fill out and return the form on the back of The Roundup.
upgrades that help make our library special. If you have been following the
Thank you all for your support of our wonderful library,
city’s budget discussions you know the library, along with other general
fund departments, has had its budget reduced by $90,000 for the current Susan King, President
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year. Further cuts will most likely follow. Your membership and support
for the library will be more important than ever in the coming years.
The Friends support the library in a number of ways. Adult and Youth
programs are supported by Friends. The reading area on the main level
now has desks in the bay windows and easily accessible electrical outlets.
All made possible by Friends.
If you are looking for a particularly quiet place to study, don’t forget the
Quiet Study Area on the upper level. The Friends of the Prescott Public
Library was instrumental in furnishing the area for comfortable use.
Welcome to our new Friends of the
Prescott Public Library!
Julie Faris
Penelope Freel
Jack Helmann
Betsy Lee
Shirley Mahlberg
Suzy Owen
Tom & Debra Pensinger
Ronald & Martha Sabin
Harvey Shaw
Nancy Smith
VIEW the Viewerie:
The following groups will have exhibits in the Viewerie on the main level of the library.
December
January
Sharlot Hall Museum: Highlighting
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women honored in the Sharlot Hall
Museum Territorial Women’s Memorial
Rose Garden.
Ernest A. Love Chapter, International
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Plastic Modeler’s Society (IPMS):
Museum quality plastic scale models of
aircraft, ships, armor, autos, figures and
vehicles with an emphasis on history.
Thumb Butte Quilters:
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A radiant display
of quilting techniques including examples
of hand appliques, fusible applique, art
quilting, modern quilting and hand
piecing from the members of the Thumb
Butte Quilters Guild.
February
Prescott Creeks: Materials concerning
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preservation and protection of Prescott’s
riparian areas and watershed health.
The Viewerie is a museum quality space, displaying exhibits by local groups on a monthly basis.
If your group or organization would like to book the Viewerie, please call 928.777.1541.
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Winter 2015/16
Events for Children
Call the Youth Desk at 928.777.1537 or email [email protected] with any questions about Youth Services
Programs. ALL YOUTH PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED WITH FUNDING FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Fun Family Movie! Monthly on Wednesdays, 4 p.m.
New Program Bring a snack, your pillow and
Lapsit Storytime Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Music, stories and
blanket and enjoy a fun family movie at the
cuddly activities for babies and their grownups.
library! Specially chosen read-alike books will be
available
for checkout before and
Toddler Storytime Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Gentle stories and
after
the
movie.
For all ages.
activities for toddlers.
December 9–Sing with Anna, Elsa,
Preschool Storytime Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs,
Olaf and Kristoff in this sing-along
fingerplays and activities for children, ages 3-5. Siblings are
version of the popular movie about
always welcome.
Toddler Sto
love,
sisters and accepting yourself.
ry
Services Lib time Fun with Youth
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January 13–Watch Hiro, Baymax and
rian Steve R
Family Storytime Saturdays, 11 a.m. Thirty minutes
yan.
their friends try to overcome the need
of stories, songs and activities for the whole family!
for vengeance and save their hometown of San
Popcorn and Pages Book Club First Thursdays, 4 p.m. Popcorn
Fransokyo.
and Pages is a book club for children in grades 2-4. The emphasis is on
February 10–Based on the book, The True Meaning of
encouraging pleasure reading, exploring predictions for book plots and
Smekday, this is a heartwarming family movie. Earth has
eating popcorn. All registered children will get a personal copy of each
been invaded by Boov aliens but never fear, a little girl
month’s book. Register online, at the Youth Desk or call
named Tip has escaped and is determined to save the day!
928.777.1537.
STEAM Power! Third Thursdays, 4 p.m.
January 7–Fall into the magic of books and friendship
New Program Use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and
as we discuss The Year of the Book by Andrea
Mathematics (STEAM) to do fun experiments and projects. For
Cheng and eat furikake popcorn.
children, ages 8-12. Register online, at the Youth Desk or call
February 4–Discover the secrets of the
928.777.1537.
pharaohs in Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius
January 21–Towers of terror! Use engineering principles to create
Guides: Egypt as we eat peanut butter popcorn.
different kinds of structures and test their indestructability.
Graphic Novel Book Club Second Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The
February 18–Candy! See sugary treats in a whole new way as we
Graphic Novel Book Club is a casual book discussion group for children
explore science with candy.
that focuses on graphic novels and features fun snacks at each meeting.
The first thirteen to register will receive a personal copy of that month’s
Special Events for Children
book. For children, grades 4-6. Register online, at the Youth
“The Nutcracker” Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m.
Desk or call 928.777.1537.
The Prescott YMCA Youth Ballet will present selections
January 12–Discuss the intergalactic adventure
from The Nutcracker ballet. A cast of approximately 35
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
young dancers ages 5-15 will delight the audience with
February 9––Discuss the graphic novel Maximum
their rendition of the different characters in the ballet.
Ride, about a “flock” of kids who seek clues to
The performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. For
their identities after they escape from a laboratory where they
children of all ages.
have been subjected to controversial experimentation.
Cookie House Decorating Thursday, December 17,
Art Days Monthly on Fridays, 1 p.m. New Day And
1:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. The whole family can
Time Presented by the Prescott Art Docents, Art Days
decorate graham cracker houses at the Eighth Annual
provides elementary school children with an introduction to
Cookie House Decorating event. For children of all ages.
artists and their mediums through presentations and a related activity.
Register online, at the Youth Desk or call 928.777.1537.
For children, ages 6-14. Register online, at the Youth Desk or call
LEGO Expo Thursday, January 28, 4 p.m. Master builders assemble!
928.777.1537.
We’ll provide the LEGOs and lots of space. You bring your imagination
January 8–Alexander Calder was known for his exciting and creative
and enthusiasm! For children, ages 5 and up.
mobile and stabile art pieces. Learn about this well-known artist and
create a mobile of your own!
Victorian Tea Party Saturday, February 6, 10:30 a.m. Be a part of
our sixth annual tea party! Wear your gloves and put on
February 12–On a cold Christmas night Washington crossed the
your top hats for a Victorian Tea Party! Hosted by
Delaware and helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. This
the Teen Advisory Group (TAG). For children of
event has inspired artists throughout history. Learn more about
all ages. Register online, at the Youth Desk or call
this historic event, different artist’s depictions and create your own
928.777.1537. Seating is limited so be sure to
inspired art to take home.
reserve a seat for each member of your party!
Monthly Events for Children
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Check out the Youth Services area!
he Youth Services area has a new look. It began with Friends of Prescott
Public Library providing new carpet for the whole library and finished
with Library Volunteer Harry Vedvik providing new computer tables
thanks to a grant through IBM. This is not the first time the Youth Services
area has benefited from an IBM grant awarded through Mr. Vedvik. He
has proven an invaluable source for help with youth technology needs.
The new Youth Services area provides a more open concept and flow.
Tables for coloring or homework are front and center when you enter
and off to the side there is a cozy seating space for caregivers and children
to read together.
The computers
are now separated:
kids computers in
one area and early
literacy computers
for preschoolers
in
another.
These changes
mean that older
kids have more
room between
computers and are closer to the Youth Services desk in case they need
help. But don’t worry caregivers, you are not forgotten! If you are
accompanying a child under 9 years old and need to use a computer
there is a special one-hour computer just for you next to the early literacy
computers. This way you can be near your child but still get work done.
And don’t forget to check out the Rock Garden. Our early literacy play
space is always changing with new books and toys refreshed monthly. A
big thanks to Harry Vedvik and Friends of the Prescott Public Library for
making this new look possible!
Leona Vittum-Jones
Above: New Youth Services area
Right: Kids enjoy the new computer space.
Snowy Day Reads
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inter is here with cold winds and snowy days. Cozying up with
family, a cup of cocoa and a good book is a sure-fire way to make
the season bright. But what to read? Be it an old classic or a new
discovery, the list of books below will warm up even the coldest
winter day. Enjoy!
❅ It’s Snowing! By Gail Gibbons (2011) Perfect for curious readers, this
book explores the science behind snow. Discover the different types of
snowstorms, where snow falls and much more!
❅ The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler (2015) All the trucks on the
Mighty Mountain Road Crew are big except Little Snowplow. Will he
be strong enough when the winter snows come?
❅ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1978) The
Narnian adventures of the four Pevensie siblings begin with this story. A
wardrobe transports the children to a world of perpetual winter where
they must overcome obstacles to overthrow the evil White Witch.
Falls by Nicole Maggi (2014) A sixteen-year-old Maine girl
❅ Waiting by Kevin Henkes (2015) A sweet, gentle picturebook about ❅ Winter
discovers a family connection to an ancient Italian cult that allows the
five friendly toys waiting on a window sill. What are they waiting for
and will they find it?
❅ Flora
and the Penguin by Molly Idle (2014) This wordless
picturebook teaches the value of sharing and friendship as Flora skates
along the ice in a dance with her penguin friend.
❅ Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances ed. by Maureen Johnson
(2008) A trio of teen romance novellas by famous young adult authors
set amid a frosty Christmas background.
❅ Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962) A classic picturebook, this is
the story of a little boy on a snowy day.
spirit to separate from the body transforming her into a magnificent
winter falcon.
❅ Blizzard by John Rocco (2014) Based on Rocco’s own childhood
experience, this picturebook is the story of a boy and a blizzard. The
blizzard has stranded the neighborhood in their houses for days and
food is running out. Who will save the day?
❅ Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root (1999) When Grandmother
Winter shakes her quilt all the animals know it is time to get ready for
winter. The feathers she collected all year long become a gift of winter:
soft, white snowflakes.
❅ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (2011) Greg ❅ The
Heffley is out of school for winter break but that doesn’t mean he won’t
get into trouble. A freak snowstorm and being stuck with family make
staying on Santa’s “Nice” list harder than ever.
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Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940) Follow Laura,
Mary, Carrie, Pa and Ma as they try to survive a particularly long winter
on the prairie. Perfect for a family read-along!
Winter 2015/16
Events for Teens
All programs are for teens, grades 6 -12. Call the Youth Desk at 928.777.1537 or email [email protected]
with any questions about teen programs. ALL YOUTH PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED WITH FUNDING FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE
PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Game On! Wednesdays, December 9, January 13 and 27,
February 10 and 24, 1:30 p.m. Video games on the big screen,
snacks and fun with friends. For teens, grades 6-12.
Teen Books and Bites Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The first eight teens to
register will receive a free copy of the book. For teens, grades 7-12.
Register online, at the Youth Desk or call 928.777.1537.
January 5–Take your pick! This month
we are discussing two books, Revolver and
Midwinterblood, by Printz award-winning
author Marcus Sedgwick.
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February 2–From his writing cottage in England, Marcus Sedgwick
will talk to teens via Skype about his books and career.
Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Call Jennifer
Kendall at 928.777.1518 to apply for membership. For teens, grades
6-12.
December 15–Assemble graham cracker houses for the upcoming
kids’ Cookie House Decorating event.
January 19–Get assignments and make final preparations for the
upcoming children’s Victorian Tea Party.
February 16–Show some love for your library! Create activities for
children and teens to help celebrate library lovers’ month!
Let’s Talk Titles: Influential Books
hat books are read by the brainy, successful or the just plain
famous? Is there a common thread, or pattern among them? Do
they match the reading lists of the rest of us library enthusiasts? Here’s a
quick little glimpse at just that kind of trivia. Enjoy.
Albert Einstein wrote and spoke of a book he claimed was very
influential to his life. It is titled A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an
Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral
Subjects. Written by Scottish philosopher David Hume and published
in 1738, Einstein claimed he had read it just before coming up with his
relativity theories, and that the book had helped him formulate his ideas.
J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, lists Emma by
Jane Austen at the top of her list for life-altering books. She once said,
while talking about her own writing, “I can never, and will never, do it
anywhere near as well as Austen did in Emma.”
Interestingly, three contemporary musicians all claim the same book
as their favorites. Will Smith, Madonna and Pharrell Williams point
to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Expressions like “life-changing,”
“epiphany” and “profound-impact” have been used to describe the effect
this material has had on these celebrity readers lives.
Downtown
215 East Goodwin St.
Hours (until December 31):
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tue, Thu: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wed: 1-9 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m.
Hours (after January 2):
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tue, Wed, Thu: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday Closed
928.777.1500
Rowle P. Simmons
Community Center
Prescott Public Library Locations and Hours
Book Drops Emptied daily, except Sunday
Fire Station 71, 333 White Spar Rd.
(not available after 1/1/16)
Fire Station 75, 315 Lee Blvd.
(not available after 1/1/16)
Fry’s, 3198 Willow Creek Rd.
Fry’s, 950 Fair St.
Goodwill Store & Donation Center, 1375 Iron
Springs Rd. (not available after 1/1/16)
Prescott Public Library Downtown, 215 East
Goodwin St. Drive by book drops in alley and
Lower Level parking lot
1280 East Rosser St.
Book Drop
Book Pick Up (not available after 1/1/16)
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Cult legend and actor, James Dean, had a favorite book which he
originally read in high school. It was The Little Prince by Antoine de
Saint-Exupery. One line from the book, which Dean quoted often,
graces the memorial plaque posted on Highway 46 E where he died. It
says: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Actor, director, and Yale graduate (where she studied literature), Jodie
Foster, touts a love affair with the book Song of Solomon by Toni
Morrison. Foster has said she finds Morrison’s voice to be the “most
deeply poetic” in all of American fiction.
Bill Gates has listed several books that he looks to as opinion altering,
like The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser, but The Better Angels
of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by cognitive scientist Steven
Pinker “struck a chord” with him. In one interview he relayed that “it is
one of the most important books I’ve ever read.”
Elon Musk, founder of Space X and Tesla Motors claims to have been
an avid reader as a child consuming the books of J. R. R. Tolkien
regularly. Among his eclectic list of materials he holds most dear are Ben
Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson and Hitchhikers’ Guide to
the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Winter 2015/16 Library Closures
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Friday, December 25, 2015: Christmas Day
Thursday, December 31, 2015: New Year’s Eve,
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Friday, January 1, 2016: New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18, 2016: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 15, 2016: President’s Day
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