Library News

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.”

Longtime RHJ librarian announces retirement

Longtime RHJ librarian announces retirement

Jane Kauzlaric, director of the R.H. Johnson Library in Sun City West, has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 14.

Kauzlaric has been the librarian since Sept. 15, 2010. Prior to that, she had volunteered at the private library in its Data Resource Center and Adult Reference areas since 2008. To thank her for her service, the library will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 5, at the Library. Members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

(As is regular policy, members must show their valid rec cards at the door to enter the Library).

Under Kauzlaric’s watch, the library has greatly expanded its digital footprint and welcomed new services to patrons, including the popular Virtual Reality program. Its DVD/Blu-ray collection is the largest private video library in the Southwest.

The library was renovated in 2017, and it continues to be one of the busiest facilities in Sun City West. Its check-out collection includes more than 45,000 titles, but the library also offers a digital collection, as well as space for a variety of interest groups including chess, poetry, writing, Legos and scrabble.

In 2016, the R.H. Johnson Library earned the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association’s Best Senior Program Award for its annual summer community puzzle. The library repeated the honors by taking the APRA Best Senior Program Award for the Virtual Reality program.

Every year, Kauzlaric and the Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library bring in a variety of speakers, authors and programs for patrons. This included efforts that resulted in receiving an Arizona Humanities Council grant in 2016, which made it possible to offer even more presentations.

Volunteers needed at the R.H. Johnson Library

Volunteers needed at the R.H. Johnson Library

The R.H. Johnson Library is seeking Circulation Monitors and Volunteers.

 Circulation Monitors:

  • Should have some familiarity with computer functions including a computer mouse.
  • Will greet patrons and their guests.
  • Will check patrons and their guest into library.
  • Must be flexible, able to commit to an A.M. Shift (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) / P.M. Shift (12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • Should be able to sit for an extended period of time.

 Circulation Volunteers:

  • Should have some familiarity with computer functions including a computer mouse.
  • Ability to push carts laden with books and other materials.
  • Ability to reach overhead, stoop, shelve oversized books and other materials.
  • Must be flexible, able to commit to an A.M. Shift (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) / P.M. Shift (12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • Ability to alphabetize, some familiarity with the Dewey system, and to read small print spine labels.

Interested Residents stop by the R.H.J. Library for application.

Giant puzzle fun returns to Sun City West!

This summer marks the ninth in a row that the R.H. Johnson Library will offer a giant Summer Community Puzzle for all interested Sun City West members to help assemble.

Consisting of 18,000 pieces, “Magical Bookcase” by Ravensburger is a highly detailed and colorful puzzle where if you look closely, you’ll find wacky objects, scenes and even houses.

The clock will begin ticking at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and will continue every day during the library’s operating hours until the project is completed.

All Sun City West members are invited to come in out of the heat and join in the fun. You may work on the puzzle for as much or as little time as you wish. The library is located at 13801 Meeker Blvd., at the corner of R.H. Johnson and Meeker boulevards. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Summer Community Puzzle

Ravensburger’s 18,000-piece “Magical Bookcase” is this summer’s community puzzle. It is a highly detailed and colorful puzzle designed by Colin Thompson. Look closely and you will find wacky objects, scenes, and even houses! The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at the R. H. Johnson Library and continues during normal library hours (9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday) until the puzzle is completed. You may participate for as much or as little time as you wish.

2019 Summer Reading Club

Summertime is the perfect time to pick up a good book. Now a summer tradition much like the community puzzle, the 2019 Summer Reading Club runs from Wednesday, May 29 thru Saturday, September 7. You read for fun and prizes and you select what you wish to read. All R. H. Johnson Library print books, eBooks, CD audiobooks, and digital audiobooks qualify. In addition to drawings for a variety of fun prizes, those who participate a minimum of eight weeks will receive a coupon for one free $1 book at the Friends of the Library Book Sale on November 16. For more information and to register, stop in the library.

May Book Sale

All are welcome to the Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library book sale on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall (19803 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd., next to Fry’s Food). The Friends’ sales are famous for the excellent quality and enormous quantity of gently used books, puzzles, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs at bargain prices. Best of all, the sale proceeds always go directly toward purchasing new items for the library. Books and other items for donation are gratefully accepted at the library, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday.

May Movies

May 2, 2019  –  “On The Basis Of Sex”

Inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts’ view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time. (C) (2019) (2h) (PG-13)

May 9, 2019 – “Three Identical Strangers”

This award-winning documentary tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives. (C) (2018) (1h 37m) (PG-13)

May 16, 2019  –  “Green Book”

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. (C) (2018) (2H 10M) (PG-13 For Some Language)

May 23, 2019 – “Apollo 11”

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.  (C) (2019) (1h 93m) (NR)

May 30, 2019 – “The Upside”

The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt comedy also stars Nicole Kidman.  (C) (2019) (2h 6m) (PG-13)



Kuentz R.C. (Johnson Blvd. @ Stardust Blvd.)

For Sun City West Residents and their Guests

$2.00/Person Suggested Donation – (Doors Open @ 6 P.M.)

Program starts at 7:00 P.M. or when all seats filled.

Please, no saving of seats

(Hearing assisted devices are now available for your use)

Please no food or drink in the theater