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The Bat Book.  Again Conrad Storad put on a fantastic program - this time the students at Gila Bend's K-8. In three different sessions he presented "Gator, Gator, Second Grader" and a new non-fiction "The Bat Book". In all, 296 students enjoyed his teaching, entertaining with his new sidekick Story Monster, and story of how he and his wife acquired their newest dog Frankie (the keener wiener)! The kids loved him.

Our Friends group donated 20 books and Conrad an additional 10 to the school library. By the time we were leaving Gila Bend, all but a few had already been checked out!

We are able to bring these programs into the schools as the Library District library spaces in both Gila Bend and Guadalupe are too small to accommodate large groups, consequently they were moved to the schools. Both days successful. Both days a joy for the kids. Both giving teachers great information to build upon in the classroom as all Storad's books include a study guide, glossary, and dictionary.

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Where Does the Money Go? On February 10, 2016, the students of Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe, were entertained by author Conrad Storad in two separate presentations, grades 1-2 (pictured here) and then grades 3-5. Each presentation is geared to the learning level of the audience.

A large selection of children's books, both fiction and non-fiction, were also donated to the school library. In all, 486 children and 32 teachers and parents were given a very special experience. So please, your patronage in the Virginia and Eva Used Bookstore is vital to continuing this type of outreach to our next generation of readers. Today's readers will be tomorrow's leaders.

Centennial Activities. Click here to view pictures from the Arizona Statehood Centennial celebration.  Videos of the celebration created by webbvideos for Five Star Publications can viewed via YouTube: Kids Celebration Feb 11, 2013 YouTube Video and AZ Centennial Feb 14  YouTube Video 2

Open Houses. Open houses were held on Oct 2014 at Cottonwood/Palo Verde and at Oakwood.

 

Visting Authors.  Robson Library, Sun Lakes, hosted an exciting event with a new author whose book, "Shadow On the Crown", was described by the London Daily Mail as "magnificent".  Patricia Bracewell was at Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd, Sun Lakes, on October 31, 2013 from 1 to 3 PM.  Books were available for purchase for Ms. Bracewell to sign.   For further info, you may call Linda Goth at 480.353.1394. 

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March 17, 2014 at 1:00 PMSpider Woman's Daughter and Tony Hillerman's Legacy: Anne discusses her novel with slides of the landscape that inspired her and a brief personal history of her life as Tony Hillerman's eldest daughter and how her father's work informed and inspired her. Featuring quotes from her novel and from her father's work and anecdotes about Tony as a Dad and an inspiration. Books were available for purchase for Ms. Hillerman to sign.

Anne Hillerman

This year March 17 is more than St. Patricks Day at Robson Library. That is the day when a new induction loop system for the hearing impaired was dedicated in the library's Lecky Community Room. This is the first time in the East Valley in a community/public space has been activated.

 

Left to right: Chairman Board of County SupervisorsDenny Barney; Commissioner Liz Booth AZ Commission For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Maricopa County Library District Director Cindy Kolaczynski; Linda Goth; Branch Manager Scott Sjolin; Friends Treasurer Brooke Jones; Friends Corresponding Secretary Eva Gunnoe.

 

On November 5, 2014 Judith Starkston presented her new book "Hand of Fire", a novel of Beiseis and the Trojan War.
Hand of FireJudith Starkston

 

On December 13, 2014 Jane K. Cleland presented her new book "Blood Rubies", a A tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank. She plans to come back in 2015 for a writer's workshop.
Blood Rubies

 

On March 26, 2015 Patricia Bracewell presented her second book of the trilogy "The Price of Blood".
May 8, 2015 John Lescroart. The 72 in attendance for a visit by best-selling author John Lescroat were treated to a funny, friendly, and informative hour with the author as he spoke about his journey to writing the successful Dismas Hardy series. Following questions, he drew the ticket for the door prize of a signed copy of his newest novel "The Fall" and then proceeded to sign all books purchased at the event. We hope to have him back next year!

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