Summer Reading for Teens

ReadingAZLogoTeens, are you looking to add a little local adventure and excitement to your summer reading lists?

Create a free Reading Arizona account and explore the many books about the mysteries and Wild West history of Arizona. Browse the collection by category or keyword to find titles about haunted ghost towns, ruthless outlaws, and persistent pioneers. You can even click on the book covers to “Favorite” the titles and create your own custom reading list.

You can find more information at DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library, or follow one of the links below to get started.

Books for Teens:

Nina Rhoades, The Girl from Arizona, Boston: Lathrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1913.

Ann I. Goldfarb, Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder, Two Cats Press, 2012.

John Wilson, Written in Blood, Vol 1, Orca Book Publishers, 2010.

John Wilson, Ghost Moon, Vol 2, Orca Book Publishers, 2011.

Harold Bell Wright, When a Man’s a Man, Chicago: Book Supply Company, 1916.


Reading Arizona for Kids!


Parents, are you looking for an easy way to create a summer reading list for your children?

Reading Arizona has plenty of fun and exciting books about life in our state that your kids will want to read again and again. Just create an account, browse by category, and check the “Favorite” box to create a list of titles that your child can read all summer long.   Below are just a few Reading Arizona titles to get you started, courtesy of  DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library. 

Books for Children:

Susan Deaver Olberding, The San Francisco Peaks, Fort Valley Publishing, 2014.

Kim Duffek, and Shannon Young, The Little Saguaro, Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum, 2007.

Carlos Lemos and Lisa Hodgkins, Camille Carries the Mail, Mirror Publishing, 2013.

Tracy Nelson Maurer, What’s in a Cactus?, Rourke Educational Media, 2013.

Janet B. Quackenbush, There’s an Ostrich Loose in Eloy!, 2014.


IMG_0775CropNot happy with what you get googling a word? Want to learn the whole history of a word? Check out the State Library’s collection of dictionaries! We have multiple dictionaries (including a full 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary, the largest in the English language) dating back to the 1930’s, and all on a handy two sided shelf in our reference area. (To see what treasures are on the other side, you’ll have to come in and see us!)

Can’t come visit? We also provide access to authoritative dictionaries online via Britannica Academic:

Congratulations to Yuma County Library District!

Secretary of State Michele Reagan presented the Yuma County Library District with a check for $20,000 to use towards promoting digital literacy. For some background, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. To learn more: