History of Pima County Public Library

Carnegie Library, front view, circa 1905

For more than 100 years, Pima County Public Library has been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are here to help you find what you're looking for. Every day we're making our mission a reality by educating, connecting, and inspiring people. Headquartered in […]

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Tucson Museum of Art Research Library

Tucson Museum of Art Education Center

Did you know the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block has a research library available to the public? It's just a few blocks away from our Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block's Research Library opened in 1974 and includes a non-circulating (books can't be borrowed) collection dedicated to […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale, 2017

handmaid's tale jacket

I was fortunate enough to catch a preview for the upcoming The Handmaid's Tale miniseries adaptation. The novel's often assigned in high school and college literature and women's studies classes. Unlike a lot of dystopian fiction, it focuses on the little details of everyday life, rather than technological and plot machinations. Somehow, her quick, quiet sketch […]

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Special Edition Love Letter to My Library

For this month's Love Letter to My Library, we're featuring an assortment of Kind Notes we received from our friends at Ben's Bells. We're grateful to the people who took the time to write one! Here are just some of the kind things they shared: I love the Culture Pass program! Have you checked out a […]

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Now Sowing: Basil (March ~ Aug)

Basil seeds in catalog: Common Name: Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)  Seed Saving Level: Advanced Planting:  Basil likes 6-8 hrs of sunlight and well-drained soil. Plant seeds and seedlings 6-10” apart, cover with ¼” of soil. Germinates in 5-7 days. After  6 wks of growth, pinch the tip from the center shoot […]

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In Celebration of National Poetry Month

Typewriter with Poetry buttons, vintage

I loved poetry long before there was a National Poetry Month, though I so remember the year, 1996, that it was established. My daughters were little, and Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and books like A Child's Garden of Verses filled our evenings. When my sister and I were about their ages, my father used to read […]

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Pick the Poet

raptor in flight

Your world is as big as you make it. I know, for I used to abide In the narrowest nest in a corner, My wings pressing close to my side. But I sighted the distant horizon Where the skyline encircled the sea And I throbbed with a burning desire To travel this immensity. I battered […]

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Happy April Birthday! Here’s a Diamond.

photograph of a raw uncut diamond

If you were born in April, the diamond is your birthstone. What do you know about their history? Their industry? Where they come from? Their position as the most precious of precious stones? Let’s talk diamonds! Where do they come from? India used to be the sole producer of diamonds for the people of India […]

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