Phoenix Public Library's annual family winter reading program, "Catch BookBreath at your Phoenix Public Library," kicks off Jan. 9 and runs through March 10 at all library locations.

Children up to 12 years old are eligible to participate in the program and earn prizes by reading or listening to books.

Prizes include a book for children to take home and keep, and a "Happy Birthday Arizona" T-shirt in honor of the Arizona Centennial. The program is designed to encourage families to read together.

"Catch BookBreath at your Phoenix Public Library" is supported by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Jan. 20 Brown Bag tackles African-American health issues

"Taking Charge of Your Health" is the topic of the free Faces of Diversity Brown Bag series at noon Friday, Jan. 20, at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

Dr. Monica Ennis, assistant principal of instruction, Phoenix Union High School District, will discuss the current health issues that plague the African-American community.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks are the major causes of illness for African-Americans. Dr. Ennis will provide information on how to prevent and live with these diseases and offer literature on each of the above-mentioned illnesses.

Dr. Ennis participates in many community events and presents workshops on health-related issues. She has taught high school biology and other science-related classes.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Phoenix Human Relations Commission and the city's Equal Opportunity Department.

The Faces of Diversity series features dynamic people telling their stories about diversity.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a cultural experience. No reservation is needed.

For more information, call (602) 495-0358 or (602) 534-1557/TTY or visit Follow them on Twitter @phxequalopprty.

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