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April is ONEBOOKAZ month. April has Volunteer Appreciation Week and National Library Week as well. April is a great time to try something new at your library!

 

Start with ONEBOOKAZ. The goal of ONEBOOKAZ is to encourage as many people as possible throughout the state to read the same book in April and come together for books discussions, programs and other community experiences. Last year the ONEBOOK AZ program went digital with a focus on Arizonians as content creators and digital readers as the format of choice. One author in each of three categories of writing – adults, teens and kids – was selected through a competitive writing contest. This year is no different, except there were more entries in the competition in each category. Hopefully, next year even more Arizonians will enter the contest.cropped-ONEBOOKAZ-Header

Camp Verde Community Library will participate in ONEBOOKAZ this year with a Read, Talk & Taste program around the adult title and a Read & Meet the Authors for the youth titles. ONEBOOKAZ, a program of the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records is pleased to announce its 2015 writing contest winners.

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Adult Category Winner: THE BLIND EYE: A SEPHARDIC JOURNEY by Marcia Fine

In parallel stories set in 15th century Portugal and the 1990s, two women explore their identities. Set against historical events, The Blind Eye creates a sweeping narrative about a family expelled from Spain connecting forward across time to a modern woman of Cuban descent.

Teen Category Winner: WELCOME TO HARMONY by Dan Trumpis

Being twelve years old is already hard enough. Being a werewolf makes it even more difficult. Dillon Howell and his parents have just moved to Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Like all kids, he just want to fit in and make friends – while keeping his “condition” a secret, of course. But Dillon is about to find out he isn’t the only person in town who isn’t what he appears to be. Welcome to Harmony, Dillon Howell. Your life is about to change forever.

Kids Category Winner: 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 anymore, Bruce runs away from home. Along the road, Bruce makes some unlikely friends, and through a series of misadventures, develops an unwillingness to cower any longer.

So… if you haven’t had a chance to read an eBook, but you’ve been wanting to give it a try, now is the perfect time to do it. ONEBOOKAZ titles are available to download free on a variety of tablets through June 1, 2015. Library staff are happy to help you access these titles any time during open hours.

Also… if you’ve been thinking about volunteering, the library is the perfect place to give it a try. As one extra special library volunteer recently commented:

IMG_0247Why did I agree to volunteer? Some may think that it is because my daughter is the director, and I have to admit it entered into the equation. But, after having worked since I was 14, I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands and I decided to give it a try. “After all,” I told myself, “if I don’t like it I could always quit.” As you can tell… I didn’t quit. As a matter of fact, I look forward to coming to the library and working. I am actually getting to know some of the patrons and the other volunteers.

At the very least, stop by and thank a library volunteer sometime this month and help us celebrate National Volunteer Week and National Library Week. So far, this fiscal year, volunteers have given more than 4,600 hours at the library, a 42% increase over last year. At minimum wage, they saved the library $39,100 in salary alone (not to mention the benefits and other associated fees) from July 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. Honestly, our volunteers are worth much more than minimum wage. They give excellent customer service. Spend time learning the computer software and details necessary for the job. They collectively handle over 12,000 items per month through checkout, check-in and transit bins and serve over 1,300 people per week – all with a smile and bounce in their steps!

 

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