Storyteller Enrique Feldman to visit Yuma County Libraries April 30th

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Celebrate Día del Niño and Día del Libro at Yuma County Libraries! On Thursday, April 30th, storyteller and educator Enrique Feldman will host interactive story times for families at the Main, Somerton, and San Luis Libraries. There is no charge to attend.

Enrique Feldman, a two-time Grammy-nominated composer and artist, is the founder and director of education of the Fostering Arts-Mind Education Foundation and the director of Evolved Learning Conferences. Enrique guides and delivers the educational service of over 4,000 at-risk children and families.

Thursday, April 30th @ 10:00 a.m.
Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive, Yuma AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (Meeting Rooms A-B-C).

Thursday, April 30th @ 1:00 p.m.
Somerton Library, 240 Canal Street, Somerton AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Mi Abuelo el Luchador (“My Grandfather the Wrestler”) by Antonio Ramos Revillas (Multipurpose Room).

Thursday, April 30th @ 4:00 p.m.
San Luis Library, 1075 N 6th Avenue, San Luis AZ
Join Enrique for a reading of Mi Abuelo el Luchador (“My Grandfather the Wrestler”) by Antonio Ramos Revillas (Room B-C).

Please note, the programs at Somerton and San Luis will be primarily in Spanish, but translation will be available.

For more information, call Alex Garcia, Spanish Outreach Coordinator, at (928) 373-6481.

Día de los Niños @ Somerton Library

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Celebrate Día de los Niños (Day of the Child) at the Somerton Library! On Saturday, April 25th, children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy a day of fishing, games, raffles, and prizes beginning at 9:00 a.m. There is no charge to attend.

This program was made possible by a collaboration of the Somerton Library, the Arizona Fish and Game Department, and the City of Somerton Parks and Recreation Department.

The Somerton Library is located at 240 Canal Street in Somerton, AZ. For more information, call (928) 627-2149.

Children’s Author Gale Leach to Visit Main Library

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Arizonans have voted, and the 2015 OneBookAZ for Kids selection is Bruce and the Road to Courage by Gale Leach!

Bruce is frightened of becoming a butterfly because he’s terrified of heights. Worse yet, the other caterpillars tease and bully him about it. Unwilling to suffer any more, Bruce runs away from home. Along the road, Bruce makes some unlikely friends, including a young moth caterpillar. Smitten by her, Bruce is horrified when she is captured by a bat while he hides. Angered by his cowardice, Bruce resolves to rescue her.

Kids can meet author Gale Leach when she visits the Main Library on Wednesday, April 15th. Gale will talk about Bruce the Caterpillar and other characters in her book at 10:00 a.m., and again at 10:45 a.m. Books will be available for purchase, and book signings will commence after the program. There is no charge to attend.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

OneBookAZ for Kids is an exciting program hosted by libraries and other partners across the state. The driving force behind this project is its goal to bring communities together through literature and reading. It encourages communities across the State of Arizona to read the same book and participate in discussion and programs centered on that book. For more information, visit www.onebookaz.org

Stargazing @ Foothills Library

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Stargazers can enjoy the cosmos at the Foothills Library! The library’s astronomy group will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th, 16th, and 23rd, in the Foothills Library parking lot. Lawn chairs, binoculars, and telescopes welcome!

Telescopes will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Foothills Library. There is no charge to attend.

The Foothills Library is located at 13226 E. South Frontage Road. For more information, call (928) 342-1640.

Somerton Teddy Bear Picnic

sw_teddy-bear-picnic-April-2014Pack a sack lunch, grab your teddy bear, and join Booker Bear for the Somerton Library Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, April 4th, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Teddy Bear Parade, stories, snacks, games and prizes! There is no charge to attend.

The Somerton Library is located at 240 Canal Street in Somerton, AZ. For more information, call (928) 627-2149.

An Evening with J.A. Jance

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The Yuma County Library District, in collaboration with the Friends of Yuma County Libraries, Inc., present “An Evening with J.A. Jance” on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:00 p.m. at Gila Ridge High School Auditorium, 7150 East 24th Street, Yuma, AZ. This special event features the award-winning author speaking about her latest book, Cold Betrayal, and other written works. The program is free and open to the public.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband and their dog, Bella, in Seattle, Washington and Tucson, Arizona. She was the American Guest of Honor at Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2014.

Doors to the Gila Ridge High School Auditorium will open at 5:30 p.m. Early arrival and seating before 6:00 p.m. is highly encouraged.

Books will be available for purchase, and book signings will commence after the presentation.

For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

Teen Tech Week

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Teens are invited to the Main Library March 9th-14th for Teen Tech Week! This year’s theme is “Libraries are for Making.” Ages 13-18 are welcome. Daily raffles for all participants! There is no charge to attend any event.

Monday, March 9th @ 4:00 p.m.
Egg Drop
Save the eggs! Build your own egg protection cradle and put it to the test when you drop it from the second floor of the library.

Tuesday, March 10th @ 4:00 p.m.
Perler Bead Creations
Make your favorite movie, comic book, or video game character using perler beads.

Wednesday, March 11th @ 4:00 p.m.
Makey Makey Fun
The world is your keyboard! Turn everyday objects into touchpads and use them with the Internet. Play virtual piano on bananas! Play Super Mario using Play-Doh control buttons! What will you create?

Thursday, March 12th @ 4:00 p.m.
Computer Part Bookmarks
Recycle old computer parts into unique bookmarks.

Friday, March 13th @ 4:00 p.m.
DIY Vine Videos
Are you the next Vine video star? Make a video using the library’s equipment.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

One Book Yuma Author Visits March 5th

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The 2015 One Book Yuma selection is Lady at the O.K. Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner.

“For nearly fifty years, she was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp: hero of the O.K. Corral and the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her tale: a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and devotion. Reflective of America itself, her story brings us from the post–Civil War years to World War II, and from New York to the Arizona Territory to old Hollywood. In Lady at the O.K. Corral, you’ll learn how this aspiring actress and dancer—a flamboyant, curvaceous Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent—landed in Tombstone, Arizona, and sustained a lifelong partnership with Wyatt Earp, a man of uncommon charisma and complex heroism.”

Author Ann Kirschner will visit Yuma March 5, 2015 to host two community events.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Yuma Main Library
2951 S. 21st Drive, Yuma, AZ 85364
Community talk followed by Q&A and book signing

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
AZ Western College/Northern AZ University
Schoening Conference Center (inside 3C building)
2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85367
Community talk followed by Q&A and book signing

There is no charge to attend any event. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Arizona Western College bookstore.

One Book Yuma is brought to you by Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University-Yuma Academic Library, Arizona Western College Office of Campus Life, Friends of Yuma County Libraries, Inc., Yuma County Library District, and the Yuma Sun.

Budgeting Workshop @ Wellton Library

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Gain control of your personal finances! On Saturday, February 28th, the Wellton Library is offering a free budgeting workshop in English and Spanish. Learn how to create and maintain a budget that works. There is no charge to attend.

English presentation     9:00-11:00 a.m.
Spanish presentation    12:00-2:00 p.m.

The Wellton Library is located at 28790 San Jose Avenue in Wellton, AZ. For more information, call (928) 785-9575.

Butterfield Trail @ Main Library

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On Saturday, February 21st, author Gerald T. Ahnert will discuss his book The Butterfield Trail and Overland Mail Company in Arizona, 1858-1861, at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Over the course of forty-five years of research, Mr. Ahnert was able to collect many first-hand accounts about the stagecoach service. Books will be available for purchase, and book signings will commence after the program. There is no charge to attend.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.