Library News

R.H. Johnson Library plans new virtual discussion

R.H. Johnson Library plans new virtual discussion

Sun City West residents are invited to a virtual discussion of “New Writers Experiences” with Linda Johnson and Nancy Kasten from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11.

Residents are invited to hear from local writers and authors of various genres as they discuss their personal experiences encountered as they write. The hour-long Zoom presentation, sponsored by the R.H. Johnson Library, will take the format of a question-and-answer period touching on such issues as: What were the satisfactory moments, the difficulties, the solutions?

Registration is required. To register visit and click on the “Virtual Discussion: New Writers Experiences” link under “Upcoming Events.”

After registering, you will be emailed a link to join this Zoom meeting. A Zoom account is not required, but a microphone is required if you want to participate in the interactive portion of this program.

If you have questions about the program or need help with set up, please contact

Nancy Kasten is a resident of Sun City West and has recently published her first book, “It Happened in Cassidy.”

Linda Chamley Johnson, a local author, has lived in Sun City West for 16 years. Linda has taught all grade levels, ending her career with university-level students. She is a life-long writer and poet who enjoys deep discussions about the writing process and how it can help her to become a better author.

Vaccine appointment assistance

Residents are reminded that there is a shortage of vaccines affecting the availability of appointments at both the state and county locations, including the Banner location. Availability at some locations can also be limited depending on if you are 65+ or 75+.

Banner Health has the following webpage available to help determine if you are eligible to receive a vaccine at their site.

Make Appointment

RCSCW is offering assistance in scheduling an appointment – or setting up an account to schedule an appointment if there is currently no availability – in the Library’s Data Resource Center. Please note, you MUST be a resident and you must have an appointment for this assistance.

Call the Data Resource Center at 623-544-6644. Due to the overwhelming number of calls we are receiving, it may take a couple of days for you to receive a callback. If you have other options for assistance, we encourage you to pursue those. That can include the following hotlines:

AZDHS: 1-844-542-8201
Banner Health: 1-833-509-0908

Library Holiday Hours

The Library curbside hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday thru Saturday.

On Thursday, December 24 the Library Curbside hours are shortened to 9 am to 1 pm.

The Library and Data Resource Center will be closed for all services on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1.


Library Closed to Curbside Only

Library closed to Curbside only

The R.H. Johnson Library will be implementing new safety measures for the rest of the year. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 15, the library will only be allowing members to check out items using curbside pickup service. Items can be reserved for curbside pickup through the library’s online catalog (, emailing, or by calling 623-544-6130. Members will then be notified by library staff once their items are available for pickup. When picking up, members must provide their rec card number to staff in order to receive their items. Checked out items can be returned via the book drop boxes, which are available 24 hours a day.

The Data Resource Center in the Library will be available at 50 percent capacity by appointment only. Visits are limited to one hour in the DRC. Access to the rest of the Library will be prohibited. Call 623-544-6644 to reserve a computer in the Data Resource Center.

R.H. Johnson Library to temporarily shorten hours

R.H. Johnson Library to temporarily shorten hours

With usage down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the R.H. Johnson Library will be closing two hours earlier than usual, starting July 28.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (instead of 4 p.m.) Tuesday through Saturday, effective July 28 through Aug. 29. The change is being made as COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Sun City West, resulting in fewer visitors to the library. In addition, a few of the library’s volunteers have decided to put their volunteerism on hold until the situation improves, a decision the Rec Centers fully supports.

Although in-person visits are down, the library has seen an uptick in members using digital services such as Overdrive ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and Zinio digital magazines. Universal Classes, which are free virtual classes on a wide variety of subjects, also are available. These digital services are free to members with a valid rec card.

The library’s digital and virtual resources are a great way for snowbirds to continue taking classes and accessing materials, including audiobooks which are popular with our traveling residents. Visit and click on the yellow links to create accounts and access these services.

In addition, the library is offering curbside pick-up for those who are uncomfortable coming into the library to retrieve their items. Books, DVDs, magazines and puzzles may be reserved through the digital reservation system; members will be notified when their items are available and can come pick them up in the circular driveway (at the doors near the outside book drop).

Call 623-544-6130 for more information on digital services and other library information.

R.H. Johnson Library to temporarily shorten hours

R.H. Johnson Library to reopen for Grab and Go checkout service

The R.H. Johnson Library will be opening for a Grab and Go checkout service beginning Tuesday, June 2. The current curbside pickup service will end Saturday, May 30.
The library will be limiting activities in the library to finding materials and checking them out. We want you to come in, find your books, DVDs, and puzzles, check them out and take them back home to enjoy. That’s what we will call ‘Grab and Go.’
The library will be encouraging visits of no more than 30 minutes, with one person per household coming in if possible. Residents are asked to observe six-foot physical distancing from staff and one another. Patrons and staff are encouraged to wear masks as well, to protect the staff and one another.
Patrons will be able to browse the collections to make their selections. Items will be checked out by staff and volunteers, who will scan items through a plexiglass guard. There will be specific carts to place items that were picked up but not ultimately checked out. We ask patrons to not return items to the shelves but to the marked carts.
No other services will be available initially. Study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public. Library materials should be returned to the outside drive-through book drop rather than inside the building.
The Data Resource Center will continue to be available by appointments only.
The library’s hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Book talk and signing with C.J. Box

Book talk and signing with C.J. Box

The R.H. Johnson Library is pleased to present New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box for a book talk and signing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Summit Hall B of the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive.

The author’s books, including his newest Joe Pickett book, “Long Range,” will be available for purchase at the venue. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for residents with a valid rec card and at 9:30 a.m. for the general public. All are welcome and tickets are not required.

Scheduled to Appear

A native of Wyoming, C.J. Box is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of numerous awards including the Edgar Alan Poe award for best novel, the Anthony award, Macavity award and two Barry awards. His books have been translated into 27 different languages and have sold over seven million copies worldwide.


No tickets are required for this event. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for residents with a valid rec card and at 9:30 a.m. for the general public. All are welcome to attend!


C.J. Box Book Talk and Signing

10 a.m. 

Tuesday, March 3

Palm Ridge Summit Hall

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Chess Tournament

All Sun City West residents, both beginners and experienced players, are invited to participate in the Third Chess Tournament at the R. H. Johnson Library from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

This is a free, relaxed, informal, non-rated, unofficial tournament without registration, fees, clocks, ratings, trophies, or prizes but the touch-move rule will be observed. All you need is your Rec Card. Please bring a Staunton chess set, if you have one.

Beginners play at the library every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and experienced players compete every Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Author Roger Naylor

          Popular travel writer Roger Naylor returns to Sun City West at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 in the Social Hall- West. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. This year, Naylor will discuss his book, “The Amazing Kolb Brothers of the Grand Canyon.” Copies of this and his other books will be available for purchase at the venue.

          He tells an essential and compelling Arizona story in his book. It’s a tale as epic as its backdrop, rife with adventure. When the Kolbs weren’t documenting history, they were making it.

           It’s all captured in the book, “The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon.” So much more than a typically dry history, the rambunctious Kolb boys leap off the pages in this engaging read. Published by the Grand Canyon Association, the 154-page book is packed with drama, perils, feuds, near-death experiences, a cast of the canyon’s most colorful residents, and 190 of the famous Kolb photographs. This is an adventure story you must read to believe.

            Roger Naylor is one of Arizona’s premier travel writers and was chosen to pen the “2019 Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Magazine.” In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to USA Today, The Guardian, Arizona Highways, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine and dozens more. He is the author of several books, including “Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State,” “Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers,” “Arizona Kicks on Route 66,” and “Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth.”

Meet new Library Director Tracy Skousen

Meet new Library Director Tracy Skousen

We are pleased to welcome our new Librarian, Tracy Skousen, who joined the Rec Centers on Dec. 5.

Skousen holds a master’s degree in library science from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University. She was born and raised in Arizona, having worked on a rural family farm in Hyder, Ariz. She now lives in Phoenix and comes to us from a small college library, where she worked for 10 years. “I’m happy to be here at the community’s library and look forward to learning more about your interests and seeing how I can best serve,” said Skousen. “I’m excited to meet new people, so come by and say hello!”

Skousen replaces retiring Director Jane Kauzlaric, who was at the library’s helm since 2011. “We will miss Jane and appreciate all she has done to move this library forward in its digital services, community programs and more,” said General Services Officer Katy O’Grady. “And we are excited to welcome Tracy and merge her ideas with our current services to best serve patrons.”