Dedicating, celebrating the Richard Elías-Mission Library

(Tucson, AZ) In 2020, Pima County's Mission Library was renamed Richard Elías-Mission Library, after the late Board of Supervisors Chairman. Now, it's time to celebrate!

On Friday, December 16 from 3:30 to 5 pm, Library staff, local leaders, and community members will recognize the renaming at a free event featuring entertainment by Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Elementary and Ballet Folklorico Tapatio. Enjoy food from Micha's Restaurant, listen to and share fond memories of Richard Elías, and get a sneak peek at the design of the upcoming $6 million renovation of the Library. 

Please note, food is limited to first come, first served basis. 

Friday, December 16 from 3:30 to 5 pm
Richard Elías-Mission Library
3770 S. Mission Rd.

Elías was a lifelong book lover and supporter of the library system. Through his work in the nonprofit sector and later as an elected leader, Elías championed literacy programs in the community like Literacy Connects, Reading Seed (tutoring young children in reading, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson (assisting parents on literacy and reading skills), and Stories that Soar!

Pima County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair, Adelita Grijalva, says, "Richard Elías was a fervent advocate for our region’s public libraries during his 18 years representing Pima County District Five on the Board of Supervisors. He was a staunch advocate for ordinary folks and those of limited means to have access to information and services in our community.  Richard understood the role that libraries had and advocated for funding and expansion of our County libraries.  It is appropriate and fitting that Mission Library, in District Five, has been renamed in honor of our friend and brother, Richard Elías."

Of the celebration, Library Director Amber Mathewson, says, "It's been a long time coming as Richard Elías was a tremendous supporter of libraries.  He could always be counted on to attend library events and to share inspirational stories reminding individuals of the importance of knowledge, community engagement, and social justice. Supervisor Elías had a way of making every person feel valued. It is an honor to have this opportunity to celebrate his life, legacy, and commitment to community by dedicating the Richard Elías-Mission Library.  We look forward to sharing this celebration with the community along with the plans of the upcoming renovation of the building." 


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