One stitch at a time—quilters build life-long friendships at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library

Dozens of quilters meet at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library every week from noon–3 pm. They call themselves the Bear Canyon Quilters. I recently joined them at a meetup and was inspired by what I saw and heard. I hope their story inspires you too. Six years ago, library customer Lee, alongside her then 94-year old mother…
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All are welcome: A longstanding commitment to newly-arrived community members

It’s been three years since Henri saw his wife and four children. That was in 2014 when he left his native Burundi to pursue a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Action in Geneva, Switzerland. In late-April 2015, political unrest befell the East African country which resulted in an attempted coup d’état. Hundreds of civilians were killed…
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A new chapter: Career Online High School graduate breaks down barrier to reach milestone

Yvette Moutran learned about Career Online High School (COHS) while searching for GED information. Her first thought? “It’s too good to be true!” Now, a little over a year later, Yvette is one of the program’s first three graduates, and she couldn’t be happier. When asked what it means to her she responds with an…
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Meeting heroes: Teens come face-to-face with influential authors at the Tucson Festival of Books

The authors are impressive. Among them, they’ve won multiple Newbery Medals, sold millions and millions of books, garnered dozens of awards and countless reviews, and earned their place on bookshelves worldwide. To name just a handful: Matt de la Peña, Cornelia Funke, Isabel Quintero, R.L. Stine, Meg Medina. For teens in Pima County, these (and…
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Finding inspiration: High-tech youth center offers tools to discover new hobbies

Christian didn’t know exactly what he’d find in the 101Space at Oro Valley Public Library, but on his first visit, he recalls thinking, “Whoa, this place is really cool.” Entering the high-tech youth center, he found a 3D printer, something that he had never seen before. He says, “It just looked like a big, fancy…
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Empowering teens: Young adults forging new paths as Summer Youth Workers

Update: applications to be a Summer Youth Worker are currently open, through March 9, 2018! Information and application here. The events calendar at Joel D. Valdez Main Library’s 101Space is jam-packed. On a monthly basis, teens can choose from dozens of events from Code Club to writing workshops. During the summer months, as teens flock…
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