eBooks, Magazines, Music and more at Chandler Public Library

As the holidays approach there is a good chance you might give or receive an iPad, Nook or Kindle. That fresh little hottie is gonna need some content. Did you know that the Chandler Public Library offers content for these devices for check out, just like physical books?

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That’s right your Chandler Public Library card gives you access to thousands of e-books, including fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s titles (plus audio books). Using service like Overdrive, TumbleBooks and Axis 360.

“While many of our customers may not be as familiar with Axis 360, they are pleasantly surprised at the number of new and current titles that are available to download. There is really something for everyone on this platform,” said Rosanna Johnson, a spokesperson for the library.

Don’t like to read books, but love magazines. They have those digitally through Zinio. The Library offers over 300 popular magazines to download including Us Weekly, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Newsweek and Arizona Highways. There are also specialized magazines for car enthusiasts, woodworkers, cooks, and more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and other reference guides are available for downloading through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. “The Eyewitness Travel Guides are high quality and provide thorough detail that can really add to someone’s travel experience, especially if they can download it right onto their tablet and easily access it on their trip,” adds Johnson.

In addition to reading material, cardholders can access free music downloads with Freegal and online language courses through Mango Languages. Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, ranging for current hits to show tunes to ethnic genres.

With Mango, you learn grammar, vocabulary, and basic conversational phrases through their basic flashcard system. These resources can be accessed through software applications, or apps, that are available through the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store.

Get out there and rediscover what your library can do for you.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday December 7th, in Downtown Chandler, the 24th annual Parade of Lights followed by the 57th Tumbleweed Tree Lighting will take place. More than 12,000 people are expected to join Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council kick off the holiday season.

The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of musical and dance entertainment, inflatables and fun activities for children, and visits with Santa Claus in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be pony rides, a display of unique movie-theme inspired cars, and people can get their photo taken in a life-size Human Snow Globe.

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Life Size Snow Globe

The Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m. and this year’s parade route will start at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road. The festive floats and other entries will move north on Arizona Avenue, past Chandler City Hall and continue through the downtown area. As it reaches the north end of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park the procession will turn right on Buffalo Street, followed by another right turn onto Arizona Place. After moving along the east side of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the parade will end at the corner of Boston Street and Arizona Place.

At the conclusion of the parade (approximately 8 p.m.), guests are invited to gather around the Tumbleweed Tree in the center of the park on the west side of Arizona Avenue for the lighting ceremony.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS
Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including two parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, and several surface lots. Due to the expanded parade route, the Chandler City Hall parking garage at Washington Street north of Frye Road will be open prior to 6:30 p.m. and re-open after 8:30 p.m. Exiting this garage will be prohibited while the Parade of Lights is taking place..

Residents are reminded that Arizona Avenue will be closed between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Frye Road will also be restricted from Arizona Avenue east to Delaware Street from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Several other smaller streets in the downtown area will also be closed or restricted during the festivities.

A map showing street closures and parking options, including parking for the disabled, will be available one week prior to the event online at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.

Jay Tibshraeny Municipal Leader of the Year

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American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year.

“Mayor Tibshraeny proves that through foresight and endurance, America’s local leaders can help overcome their community’s problems,” said Bill Wolpin, Editor, American City & County Magazine. “His story is worth sharing in the hopes that others will become inspired.”

Mayor Tibshraeny has been at the forefront of the economic development push in Chandler preserving Price Corridor.  This corridor is the a major employment corridor and is attracting some of the best high wage technology jobs in the state.

It is home to the likes of  Intel, Bank of America, PayPal, Microchip Technologies, Orbital Sciences, Rogers Corporation and Wells Fargo. This year, General Motors, Infusionsoft and Nationstar have moved in.

“Chandler is a leader in the region in job creation and today the Price Corridor is home to an impressive roster of companies,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This success validates our efforts to protect the area from residential encroachment. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the area as Chandler is now recognized as a premier innovation and technology hub throughout the Southwest.”

Mayor Tibshraeny is a supporter of Gangplank, Downtown redevelopment and pushing for city wide initiatives to create healthier communities, stronger neighborhoods, boost education and re-imagine ailing shopping corners.

Jay,

Go Jay go!  We are proud to be in Chandler and have you at the helm.

— Love Gangplank

Downtown Chandler Food Drive

There are many families in Chandler who are not able to provide all of their basic needs. This is where you can help out. Our neighborhood food bank (literally they are just down the street), the Chandler Christian Community Center assists in providing food and basic needs. Gangplank Chandler and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership are partnering to assist CCCC in collecting food and supplies this holiday season.  Please participate in the downtown Chandler food drive.

We have several CCCC boxes at Gangplank Chandler to collect donations in.

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TOP EVERYDAY NEEDS
Salt – Flour – Cooking Oil – Sugar
Kid-friendly soups (like chicken noodle) – Ramen noodles
Pinto Beans – Canned Meats – Pasta Sauce – Tomato Sauce
Canned Fruit – Canned Vegetables (corn, peas, green beans) – Canned Milk
Cake Mix & Frosting – Jelly – Peanut Butter – Cereal
Ready-to-eat food with pull-top lids for the homeless

TOP HOLIDAY NEEDS
Black Olives – Brown Sugar – Sugar -Butter – Cooking Oil – Eggs – Flour – Frosting – Cake Mixes – Pudding Mixes – Stuffing – Pie Shells – Ham – Turkey – Canned Corn – Canned Green Beans – Canned Pineapple – Canned Pumpkin – Canned Milk – Candied Yams – Celery – Mashed Potatoes – Chicken Broth – Gravy – Jam or Jelly – Jell-O – Macaroni Pasta – Mayonnaise – Mustard – Pickles

OTHER NEEDS
Diapers – Diaper Wipes – Baby Formula – Baby Food – Cleaning Supplies

Chandler Fire Department Open House

The Chandler Fire Department is holding a free open house for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Fire Station No. 8 at 711 West Frye Road. The event is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to educate residents about the services provided by Chandler Fire, and to share safety, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information with the public.

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In addition to tours of the station, there will also be fire truck & apparatus displays and demonstrations, drowning prevention information, and children will get hands on instruction on how to get out of a smoke filled environment at the Fire Safety House display. Department mascots will also be on hand, and free balloons and fire helmets will be available for children. 

Throughout the event, Fire Department staff will be available to talk about the Crisis Response volunteer program, smoke alarm program, Fire Cadet program, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

This open house will also feature instruction on Hands-OnlyTM CPR, which when performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Fire Station No. 8 is located on the south side of west Frye Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue. For more information about the open house, please call 480-782-2120.

The Maker Summit

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The Maker Summit
You are invited to attend the inaugural Maker Summit, a gathering of like-minded community members who are actively engaged in the Phoenix Valley maker movement. Get to know other Valley leaders, educators and resources for making; make some cool take-home stuff; create a plan to build the maker community; and enjoy some tasty local catering!

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center
249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 [map]

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Summit Highlights:

  • Enjoy our keynote address by renowned maker David Lang, co-founder of OpenROV, contributing editor to Make: Magazine, author of “Zero to Maker,” and 2013 TED Fellow.
  • Participate in a speed-networking activity and connect with other makers, maker space leaders and maker educators
  • Join breakout sessions that explore topics such as developing maker spaces, teaching STEM through making, how to make for a living and the economic impact of makers.
  • Engage in hands-on workshops conducted by TechShop staff to build a cool take-away
  • Be one of the first to get a sneak peek tour of the soon-to-open ASU Chandler Innovation Center, including TechShop Chandler

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The first 20 registrants will receive a free signed copy of David Lang’s new book, “Zero to Maker.” Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Register to Attend
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Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 11.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Katherine.m.clemens@asu.edu.

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We Got Our Library Cards

Last month we put a call out to participate in “Library Card Sign-up Month“.  During the Gangplank Mile the crew stopped in the Downtown Chandler Library Branch and all signed up for their cards.

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Gangplank Milers

Not only does supporting your community feel good, those that are hard work making it better appreciate it. Library manager Brenda Brown said it best, “We loved this!”

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Chandler Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to remind the community of the importance of having a library card and all the benefits that go along with it.

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There is no excuse to not have a library card.  If you are a Gangplanker and you don’t have one yet, fix it this month. :)

Make use of your library and read for free. Modern public libraries offer a variety of resources and services to library cardholders; many of them online and electronic, such as e-books, e-magazines, music downloads, and numerous online databases and educational resources. The libraries often host family storytimes, computer classes, resume workshops, seminars, cultural events, and more.

Library cards are available in person at each of the four Chandler Public Libraries serving the community:

  • Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
  • Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue
  • Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
  • Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

Nearly 222,000 library cards are possessed by people with Chandler addresses, and more than 60,000 of those cards were used in the past year.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card visit www.chandlerlibrary.org.

If you work out of Gangplank Chandler you qualify for a Chandler Library card.

The Manifesto Project in Avondale

As mentioned in this post, Gangplank Avondale also hosted an event as part of the Manifesto Project. The Manifesto Project is intended to gather the voice of a generation. Manifesto Project events took place all over the State of Arizona in over 50 cities and towns. On August 21st, we gathered at Ganglank Avondale for a fun night with young leaders from the West Valley visioning for the future of the Arizona.

In the last month, Gangplank Avondale regulars have been working hard to update the look of their space. In the hours before this event, an awesome group of young leaders rallied together to serve their community in assembling the furniture for our upstairs space. Here is a sneak peek at how the space looked before the event:

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We started out the night with tasty burritos from Cabelleros Grill and sharing stories. In fact, we decided that we don’t spend enough time just having fun together so watch for more social events in the future!

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After socializing, we dove into the visioning part of the event.
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So what do the West Valley’s young leaders want to see for Arizona?

-Public transportation connecting all major cities.
-More connection between people/ more engaged residents.
-A thriving entrepreneurial community.
-Continued progressive cross city development and more technology.
-An awesome music scene.
-More cutting edge businesses. More innovation and invention.
-Better food culture.
-More cultural areas.

We concluded the night with personal expressions of how we will lead the change. Avondale’s young leaders declared that they will lead the change they want to see by:

-being present
-creating opportunity
-encouraging people to take action and stop finding excuses
-casting my vote each day with every action I do and don’t do
-jumping at every opportunity presented to me, networking, and staying social