Meet the New Library Director

After serving as the Interim Director since October 2016, Amber Mathewson has been appointed to the position of Library Director. Having spent more than 25 years in the field, Amber brings not only a wealth of experience but a passion for literacy, intellectual freedom, and creating welcoming places for people of all ages. We recently […]

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Buy Books and Support the Library this Holiday Season!

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When you give someone a book, you don't give just paper ink and glue, you give the possibility of a whole new world. —author Christopher Marley How about all the other perks associated with giving books as gifts? Some of our favorites: Books are always the right size. Books are super easy to wrap. Books […]

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International Education Week: Promoting a Global Society

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Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18 is International Education Week (IEW), a national project coordinated by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education. At Pima County Public Library, we find strength in celebrating diversity and highlighting cultural exchange. As a proud partner of IEW, we're excited to offer more than a dozen Storytimes (and […]

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Food for Thought: Human Activity and the Environment

Climate change and the backlash against it are at the forefront of today’s news headlines. From air quality and pollution to worldwide conservation and resource management, the impact of human activity on the natural world is a topic we can’t ignore. Do you want to learn more about preserving our environment, but have limited time […]

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Shining a Light on Mental Illness, a Workshop

Diversity of Ego Shapes

On Tuesday, September 6 from 6 to 7:15 pm at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, a panel of community members will come together to present a free workshop titled, Shining a Light on Mental Illness, Eliminating the Stigma. Speakers include local author and mental health advocate, Sheila Wilensky; Suzi Hileman, retired social worker and January […]

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A Local Artist You Should Know: Dave Kish

Ziggy's Star Bike

We recently hosted local artist Dave Kish and his series of carefully-crafted, cardboard wall sculptures of bicycles in our Joel D. Valdez Main Library exhibition space (check out our calendar of events for upcoming installations). The remarkable eco-art in Cycle and Recycle: Green Art paid homage to rolling icons like the Schwinn Sting-Ray, and the World War II […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Author and Comic Artist Adrienne Celt

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Adrienne Celt is currently Writer in Residence at Pima County Public Library. She is also the author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Daughters. Her short fiction has been widely published, including in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner, among many others. She writes and draws a comic at loveamongthelampreys.com. "I got my start as a bookworm with […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Author Janni Lee Simner

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Janni Lee Simner is the author of the well-loved Bones of Faerie Trilogy as well as Thief Eyes. She has also published over 30 short stories for kids, teens and adults. "I do remember the library in my middle school as a terrific refuge—a place I could retreat after lunch instead of dealing with the pressures of […]

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MegaMania!! Behind the Scenes: Meet Adam Rex

Author Adam Rex

Adam Rex's first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, was published in 2003. His picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Neil Gaiman, and Kate DiCamillo, among many others. "It was a […]

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