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20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
602-652-3000 http://mcldaz.org/custom/branches/whitetank.aspx

January 2015

Swing into History: Popular Music of the Big Band Era

January 10, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and the older generations, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio.  Join Larson as he revisits the sounds that America listened and danced to for more than three decades.  Learn how iconic artists like Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald first got their start, along with fellow vocalists, composers, and musicians.  And, enjoy the real thing, as Larson plays…

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February 2015

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  The Navajo Code Talkers

February 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon.  Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation.  The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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November 2015

Swing into History: Popular Music of the Big Band Era

November 4, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and the older generations, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio.  Join Larson as he revisits the sounds that America listened and danced to for more than three decades.  Learn how iconic artists like Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald first got their start, along with fellow vocalists, composers, and musicians.  And, enjoy the real thing, as Larson plays…

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January 2016

“A Man Would Be a Fool to Take a Chance on Me”: Violet M. Irving of Skull Valley Arizona, Iconic Arizona Woman

January 12, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Violet M. Irving, Liz Warren’s grandmother, spent most of her life in Skull Valley, Arizona, as the postmaster and owner of the general store. Born in 1900 in Walker, Vi was the daughter and granddaughter of miners. Her life spanned the century, and she witnessed statehood, two great wars, the Depression, and Rural Electrification first hand from her perch in south-west Yavapai County. Vi was an accomplished raconteur, and family meals always included many hours of stories about her life…

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March 2016

Southwestern Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces

March 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Native Americans in the Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons, centuries before Old World peoples first entered the region. In this presentation Dart discusses the petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, the architecture of the "Great House" at Arizona's Casa Grande Ruins, and other archaeological evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning; and interpret how these discoveries may have related to ancient Native American rituals. Allen "Al" Dart, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, has worked and volunteered in…

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April 2016

Swing Into History

April 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as…

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May 2016

Author Afternoon with Meredith Whiteley

May 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Authors Afternoon with Meredith Whiteley Friday, May 20th - 3:00 - 4:30pm FREE event!     White Tank Branch Library – Waddell 20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd Waddell, Arizona 85355 602-652-3000 Hear Meredith discuss her book, Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family & Farming in the Arizona Desert! The drought that ushered in the Twentieth Century in the Arizona desert shattered lives and brought revolution. Farmers abandoned homes and livestock as canals dried up before the government could…

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October 2016

“Native Roads: A Pictorial Guide to the Hopi and Navajo Nations”

October 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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This presentation covers the broad area from Flagstaff, Arizona to Farmington, New Mexico. In addition to detailing trading posts, prehistoric sites, and the geological wonders of the Four Corners region, this virtual tour uses beautiful slides to present the history, folklore, and legends of this unique domain. Historian Jim Turner was editor of the third edition of Native Roads: A Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations written by Fran Kosik and first published in 1995. He shares…

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Arizona Ghost Towns

October 27, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Ghost towns dot Arizona’s landscape and provide unique insights into a diverse history. Some ghost towns tell a boom-to-bust story with few remaining traces of the people who once lived there, while others, like Jerome, have become thriving tourist destinations. Many are old mining locations that once bustled with life, while others tell more modern stories, showing the impact of highways rerouted and roads not taken. This program will feature stories of ghost towns such as Crown King, Jerome, and…

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FRANK Talks: Electing the President

October 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Electing the President: The Constitutional Process and History Dr. T. J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Presidential elections generate lots of heat but not necessarily much light about the indirect, layered election process the U.S. Constitution’s framers created. That process has generated contention, concern, and change. With the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November on the horizon, join us for a FRANK talk about how and why the U.S. presidential election process…

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November 2016

FRANK Talks: Colorblindness and equality

November 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths? Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations Most of us are raised to value colorblindness and equality. Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to symbolize objectivity; Dr. King’s legacy to judge each other by our character rather than skin color is a well-known mantra; and we regularly pledge our allegiance to equality for all. We are taught that these American values are what sets us apart from other…

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December 2016

Swing Into History

December 21, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Free

With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as…

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January 2017

The Beatles “From Liverpool to Abbey Road” – Waddell

January 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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This session examines a chronological historic account of the lives, works and influence of The Beatles on contemporary society. We will discuss their phenomenal achievements from a musical and cultural perspective. The lecture will be enhanced with visual backgrounds and audio clips. Our historic journey starts from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, thru their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple…

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Africanized Honeybees in Arizona: What They Tell Us About Who We Are

January 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Arizona is the only state in the Union that has been documented as having Africanized bees in every single county. The story of Africanized bees in Arizona is very much a story about the Southwest, and its distinct differences from the rest of the United States. The bees show us that we are living and have lived for a  very long time in a complex zone of “mestizaje,” where  cultural and biological differences originating in several different continents (especially the…

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February 2017

Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community

February 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, with the arrival of Anglo missionaries and government officials, quilting was introduced to the Hopi people and it quickly became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremony with quilts being used in every Hopi household. Hopis today are 4th and 5th generation quiltmakers and as the atistic traditions of two cultures are blended, it is not uncommon to see a quilt with a traditional…

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Tombstone, Arizona: The Town Too Tough to die – Waddell

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Tombstone, which had a reputation, as one of the West’s wildest mining towns, owes its beginning to Ed Schieffelin, who prospected the nearby hills. From nearby Fort Huachuca, Schieffelin told a soldier that the mountains’ rich colors looked very promising for mineral wealth. The soldier said “All you’ll find in those hills is your tombstone”. In February 1878 Schieffelin found a vein of rich silver ore and registered two claims as the Tombstone and the Graveyard. During this presentation Jane…

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August 2017

FRANK Talks: Energy in an Uncertain World – Waddell

August 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Energy in an Uncertain World Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Energy can be made affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all Arizonans.  Energy is never just about technology, but about the values and ideals that a society has about its design and distribution.  But what will it take to achieve energy justice?  What are the values that are driving energy production and distribution in today’s world?  …

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September 2017

FRANK Talks: Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism – Waddell

September 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Protecting its people is among the first priorities of any government. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights provides protections of the people from the government. How should the U.S. Constitution’s checks and balances operate in securing U.S. borders and stopping terrorism?  How do these protections turn into practical public policies that implement the government’s duty to protect its people…

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November 2017

Grand Foods of the Grand Canyon State: Traditional Foods of the Tribes of the Southwest – Waddell

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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The ethnobotanical story of the Southwest begins with the plant knowledge the people have inherited from their ancestors who lived entirely off the land. The nutritional values of many wild foods are only recently gaining attention of western dietitians.  These foods however, have long been known by local Tribes for their nutritional and medicinal value.  So called “superfoods” are those foods which contain high amounts of phytonutrients and antioxidants.  Such foods can in some cases reduce the risk of chronic…

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January 2018

 Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  The Navajo Code Talkers – Waddell

January 6, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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January 2019

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Waddell

January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. She shares some of the secrets prissy folks would rather forget. You will learn why this small state has had…

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November 2019

Arizona for Newcomers

November 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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What is it that makes Arizona unique, that gives it a different flavor from neighboring New Mexico, California, Utah, Colorado, Sonora, and Chihuahua? In part the answer lies in Arizona’s longstanding habit of absorbing influences from its neighbors in matters such as architecture, music, and cuisine, incorporating them into an already vibrant tradition made up of influences taken from around the globe, and serving up a blend of visual arts, literature, and folk life that is unlike any other. In…

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December 2019

The Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography

December 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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For more than a century and a half some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams…

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March 2020

Energy Resources in Arizona: A State of Energy Transition

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Arizonans are living in a period of energy transition. Cleaner, renewable energy sources are becoming cheaper than traditional fossil fuel energy sources. Although this transition may be better for the environment, its effects on the economies of some Arizona communities can be devastating. The rapid shift from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, to renewable energy is having a profound impact on the Navajo and Hopi nations. How do we respond locally, regionally and nationally to the…

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April 2020

CANCELED – Energy Resources in Arizona: A State of Energy Transition

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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Arizonans are living in a period of energy transition. Cleaner, renewable energy sources are becoming cheaper than traditional fossil fuel energy sources. Although this transition may be better for the environment, its effects on the economies of some Arizona communities can be devastating. The rapid shift from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, to renewable energy is having a profound impact on the Navajo and Hopi nations. How do we respond locally, regionally and nationally to the…

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CANCELED – Arizona’s Great Escape

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
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During the night of Christmas Eve in 1944, twenty-five Nazi German prisoners of war escaped from Papago Park POW camp on the outskirts of Phoenix and headed towards Mexico. These men were hardcore Nazis, ex U-boat commanders, and submariners, who had successfully dug a nearly 200-foot underground tunnel that took four months to complete. Many people may have heard of this event, but few know the details. This presentation tells the story of what happened to these German POWs and…

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