12th Annual ‘National Friends of Libraries Week’ Recognizes Members, Volunteers Who Champion Libraries

The Friends of the Pima County Public Library and its 1600 members are celebrating the week of October 15-21, 2017, as National Friends of Libraries Week in Pima County and the City of Tucson.

The Friends of the Pima County Public Library promote a literate community by funding enhanced library programs and services provided by the Pima County Public Library.  Last year, the Friends contributed $240,000 ($2.35 million since 2007) to the Pima County Public Library to support Summer Reading, author talks, and many other entertaining and enriching programs that might not otherwise be funded.  

“The Friends of the Pima County Public Library play an essential role in the Library’s mission to transform lives by educating, inspiring, and connecting community members,” said Library Director Amber Mathewson.  “Their investment touches every library and community in Pima County.” 

“The Pima County Public Library is a community treasure,” said Friends President Maura Robinson.  “Because of the Friends’ commitment to our Library, children and adults are enjoying a rich and wide variety of free programming, from family-friendly STEM activities to classes for aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Do YOU love your Library and want to help ensure its strong future? There are many easy ways to get involved!

  • Become a Friend! Memberships start at $20.  Join online today!
  • Buy books! Kick off the 12th Annual National Friends of Libraries Week at the Friends’ Community Sale (Oct 13–16, 9am–3pm, 2230 N. Country Club Road)! Find great deals on high-quality, used books, records, and video and audio recordings.
  • Donate books!  If you loved it, one of our customers will too!  Donations are accepted Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – noon at 2230 N. Country Club Rd.
  • Volunteer!  Join over 300 fellow book lovers in showing how much you care about our Library. Become a volunteer today!

The Friends of the Pima County Public Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. For more information, visit www.pimafriends.com or call (520) 795-3763.

We are one group of advocates supporting the work of Pima County Public Library. Other supporting groups include:

  • Friends of the Arivaca Library
  • Friends of the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
  • Friends of the Green Valley and Sahuarita Libraries
  • Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library
  • Friends of the Salazar-Ajo Library
  • Pima Library Foundation

To learn more about these organizations and how you can get involved, please visit the Library’s website.

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century.


About Pima County Public Library

For more than 100 years, we have been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you’re looking for. Every day, we’re making our mission a reality by educating and connecting people and inspiring ideas.