Vacation Library Visit: Mission Library of Tucson, AZ

Welcome to the Mission Library in Tucson!

We all know that visiting libraries is one of the best parts of being on a vacation, right? (It definitely is!) When employees of CMLE HQ travel, of course we visit libraries along the way!

I was able to warm up a little last week, visiting family that winters in Arizona, and of course I wanted to make sure I stopped by the local library. I was so proud to learn that my family was familiar with the location of the nearest branch and had already visited multiple times! Libraries are great resources to have handy.

Pima County Public Library has several different branches. The one I was able to visit was the Mission Library. The library is “committed to being a center of opportunity for our community.”

This library was packed on a rare rainy day in Tucson, and was welcoming right from the start! We love the “Libraries are for Everyone” signs! Even better, they had the signs in both English and Spanish.




This gorgeous art was displayed prominently in the library’s entryway and proclaims their dedication to serving their community!






Across from the art was a very full whiteboard that detailed upcoming events. Some of them included Read to a Dog (a very cute fluffy one), Citizenship Classes, Teen Time, After School Fun & Games, English Classes, and Job Help! Libraries provide incredible programs for their community members.


When you enter the main library area, right away you can see all of the resources available. There’s a handy book display of New Releases and straight ahead is the computer area. (It was packed full!) The library has definitely adapted to accommodate their many patrons that may not be permanent residents. I needed to use a computer and printer and was assisted by a helpful librarian who gave me a guest login and showed me how to sign up for a spot. They even had designated computers for Job Help or those that would only require 15 minutes to complete their online work! Definitely convenient.

After using the computer, I was able to wander around the library and was so impressed with everything I saw. There was more great art, a ceiling made to let in natural light, meeting rooms, a Teen area marked with fun neon lighting, and more that I’m sure I missed.

It was fun to wander through the stacks and see the little details that the library has added to make browsing more convenient for their patrons. The Dewey Decimal system can be tricky, and this library has helpfully placed markers on the shelves to make locating materials easier.

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Next, it was on to the Children’s area, which was very bright and cheerful. There were toys (my son tested them and approved) as well as coloring activities, a Spanish language section, and appropriately sized tables and chairs for young readers.



On the way out I was distracted by this excellent display for Black History Month. The side pictured has books for younger readers and the other side features picks for teens and adults. Way to make sure all ages can appreciate the importance of this month’s holiday!

Thanks to the Mission Library for such a fun afternoon experience! If you are interested in checking out library news or exploring other Pima County Public Library locations, make sure to visit their website.

If you go on a trip and happen to visit a library, take some pictures and send them to us! We’d love to include you in our Vacation Library Visit series!



Book Suggestions: Every Day

Every Day, by David Levithan

I saw the commercial for the upcoming movie based on this book, and I have enjoyed other books by this author; so I was predisposed to like it.

And wow, I really did like it!

The basic story is told by A, the main character. They wake up in a new body each day, aging along with A’s life; so everyone is about 16.  Each day they could be male, female, popular, persecuted, happy, suicidal, or any other possibility.  A falls in love with a girl she meets in one of these bodies, and it is so interesting to see how they work to build and maintain the relationship that is, necessarily, so very unstable. It’s a YA book, so read it if you enjoy that. It’s very LGBTQ-friendly, so read it if you like that. I’m into science fiction, and the issues involved in ever-changing bodies really interested me.

The movie comes out Feb. 23:

From Amazon:

“A has no friends. No parents. No family. No possessions. No home, even. Because every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person. A is able to access each person’s memory, enough to be able to get through the day without parents, friends, and teachers realizing this is not their child, not their friend, not their student. Because it isn’t. It’s A. It’s a lonely existence–until, one day, it isn’t. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. And A falls for her after a perfect day together. But when night falls, it’s over. Because A can never be the same person twice. But yet, A can’t stop thinking about Rhiannon. She becomes A’s reason for existing. So every day, in different bodies–of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and walks of life–A tries to get back to her and convince her of their love. But can their love transcend such an obstacle? Fans of David Levithan’s books, from Boy Meets Boy to Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohn, to Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, will not want to miss this wholly unique love story.”

Let’s Vote! CMLE is getting a new name!

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We are working on some identity changes! CMLE has been growing and changing over the last few years, and we are ready for a new name.

Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions and votes in our poll to ponder words and concepts that are important to us all in a multitype library system! We have taken some of those top-rated ideas and grouped them into names, and we have added in a few other potentially good words and ideas.

Now we ask you to browse through these ideas for names, and vote for the one(s) you like! Multiple votes are okay.

We don’t promise to use one of these, if other great ideas come up. So if you have suggestions that add to the joy of being in a multitype system, go ahead and share them!!

Training Tips: Websites That Smell?! The FART Test!

We have an older article on this topic, and it gets a lot of attention! So we wanted to update it, to be sure everyone who wanted this info had a chance to see it. Website design is crucial for all organizations, including libraries!

Check out this article from Minitex, by Jennifer Hootman:

“You’ve likely heard of various mnemonic acronyms designed to help students remember the checklist for evaluating information and websites. The CRAAP or RADCAB tests may ring a bell or perhaps these are the very ones you use.  Many school and academic staff have been using these “tests” or similar checklists for many years.  Now enter the scene, FART test!  Yep, that’s right, FART test.

Amy Gillespie shares this teaching strategy in her recent Knowledge Quest blog post, “Web Evaluation: Does This Website Smell Funny to You?”  She has relied on the CRAAP test to teach information evaluation skills to her middle and high school students but was in need of something more age-appropriate for elementary students.  Gillespie admits that using the FART test does result in a loss of about 5 minutes of class time to giggles and a variety of fart-like noises.  But she assures us that it’s well worth it.

Here are the actual FART test questions according to Gillespie:

F: Is the site Friendly to the eyes? Is it easy to read? Did the creator take time to make a well designed website? Is the site free of lots of flashy things that distract you from the text? If someone doesn’t bother to present the information in a neat fashion, the information may not be worth using.

A: Does the Author have Authority? Is he an expert on the issue? Does the author identify herself and give you a way to contact her and ask a question? If someone doesn’t bother to take credit for his work, that may be a sign that he doesn’t want to be connected to it.

R: Is the information Repeated elsewhere? Does the author cite her sources so you can verify her information? If you find the most fascinating tidbit of information, but only one person claims to know it, and can’t tell you where she learned that, and no other source confirms it, it’s probably not a piece of information you want to use.

T: Is the information Timely? When was the information published? Is your topic time sensitive? Has the website been updated recently? Old information doesn’t help with current issue research and websites that have been abandoned may not be the best sources.

Finally, you have to ask yourself, does something smell bad gnabout this site?

A Gillespie. (2016, Feb. 9). Web Evaluation: Does This Website Smell Funny to You?

I have to agree with Gillespie that this evaluation checklist is, indeed, memorable and provides students with a natural bridge to the CRAAP test.”

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