40th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

sw_teddy-bear-picnic-April-2014Pack a sack lunch, grab your Teddy Bear, and join Booker Bear for the Yuma County Library’s 40th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic! The picnic will be held Saturday, March 28th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the Centennial Heritage Area lawn (weather permitting) at the Main Library. Enjoy games, stories, and photos with Booker Bear! Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend.

In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved indoors to Meeting Rooms A-B-C in the Main Library.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call the Youth Services Department (928) 373-6468.

An Evening with J.A. Jance



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


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



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



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



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.

Music of the Civil Rights Era @ Yuma County Libraries



Librarian Jim Patrick presents “Music of the Civil Rights Era” at Yuma County Libraries. Enjoy an interactive presentation about the freedom songs, protest songs, and popular music of the Civil Rights movement. There is no charge to attend.

Tuesday, February 10th @ 10:30 a.m.
Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive Yuma, AZ
(928) 782-1871

Thursday, February 12th @ 10:30 a.m.
Heritage Library, 350 S Third Avenue Yuma, AZ
(928) 783-5415

Clowning Around Family Celebration @ Foothills Library



Families are invited to 4th Annual “Clowning Around Family Celebration” at the Foothills Library! On Saturday, February 7th, Clowns of Yuma will perform skits, create balloon animals, and offer face painting from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Attendees can also test their skills on various kinds of instruments with the Foothills Drumming Circle. Kids are encouraged to come in their best “Hawaiian” costume! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in several age categories.

Light refreshments and door prizes will be available. There is no charge to attend courtesy of the Friends of the Foothills Library.

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

Popcorn Olympics @ Somerton Library



On Wednesday, January 28th, the Somerton Library will host the 2015 Popcorn Olympics! Children of all ages are invited to the library at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate all things popcorn by participating in our wacky Popcorn-themed Olympic games! 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.

Baseball in Yuma



Batter up! Librarian Jim Patrick will present “Baseball in Yuma: The Ups and Downs of a Baseball Town” at Yuma County Libraries. Topics include minor league successes and failures, local teams and leagues, and Yuma’s role as a spring training location for professional baseball teams, including the San Diego Padres and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. There is no charge to attend.

Friday, January 16th ● 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Heritage Library, 350 Third Avenue Yuma, AZ
(928) 783-5415

Tuesday, January 20th ● 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wellton Library, 28790 San Jose Avenue Wellton, AZ
(928) 785-9575

Wednesday, January 21st ● 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive Yuma, AZ
(928) 782-1871

Tuesday, January 27th ● 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Foothills Library, 13226 E South Frontage Road Yuma, AZ
(928) 342-1640