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For Immediate Release
March 9, 2011

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Read Your Way to the Arizona State Centennial in 2012 with ONEBOOKAZ

PHOENIX – For 99 years, the history of Arizona has been intertwined with that of Arizona’s Native Americans.  As we celebrate the State Centennial in 2012, Ken Bennett and the Arizona State Library are kicking off the annual event ONEBOOKAZ and ONEBOOKAZ for Kids with a focus on our state’s history.

This year’s books are Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis and Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac.

ONEBOOKAZ was created to bring communities together through literature. Beginning in April every year, this program encourages communities across the state to read the samebook at the same time and participate in discussions and programs centered around that book.

“This fantastic program fosters a sense of community through the shared experience of reading the same book,” said Secretary of State Ken Bennett.  Participating in special events like panel discussions and travelling presentations enhances our knowledge and appreciation of the Grand Canyon State’s history and culture.  With Arizona’s 100th birthday less than a year away, participants can read their way to the Centennial with highlighted topics and themes unique to Arizona.     

“This year, it’s exciting to see that the statewide tour is focusing on the experiences of Arizona’s indigenous people and their contribution to our state’s rich history,”continued Bennett.  “Learning about Navajo code talkers and Hopi traditions honors their contribution by exploring their past and is a great way to celebrate our Centennial.”

This program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

For more information on ONEBOOKAZ and a list of events around the state, visit  If you or someone you know has a visual impairment that makes it difficult to read the print version of this year's ONEBOOKAZ, please call the Braille and Talking Book Library at (602) 255-5578 or toll free 1-800-255-5578.


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