Eckstrom-Columbus Library Celebrates 40 Years of Transforming Lives in Our Community

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Since 1977, the Eckstrom-Columbus Library has met the unique needs of our community. Join us on Saturday, July 22 from 10am–2:30pm as we celebrate its 40th birthday!

Among the many honored guests will be Supervisor Ramón Valadez, Library namesake Dan Eckstrom, and Pima County Public Library Director Amber Mathewson.

The event will include a live performance by Mariachi Corazón de Tucson, light refreshments, and craft projects for kids. Children can share a story with Roxie, our beloved Read to a Dog canine companion. Guests of all ages are invited to join Library Writer-in-Residence Marge Pellegrino in the “I Remember” writing workshop and contribute to a shared community poem. Plus, the Library’s Bookbike will be on hand with free books to give away!

Mary Sanchez manages the Eckstrom-Columbus Library. “We provide resources people need to make real, lasting change in their lives. We offer a safe space where go for everything from reading tutoring to career support. I truly believe the impact of this library is immeasurable.”

True impact is indeed difficult to measure in numbers alone, but there are still some impressive ones to note. In just one short year at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library:

  • 2,513 parents and children attended Storytimes
  • 648 job seekers received support
  • 4,554 adult learners took English Language classes
  • 760 students sought Homework Help
  • 1,198 people took computer classes

Being part of the community’s fabric is something Library staff takes to heart. Immigrants and refugees make up a significant portion of customers. It’s not uncommon to hear staff members and customers conversing in Kinywarwanda or Swahili, two of more than ten languages spoken by Library employees.

“We care deeply about our customers,” says Mary Givins, Citizenship Librarian at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library. “Speaking in someone’s first language whenever possible is just one of the ways we show that.”

At 16,000 square feet, the Eckstrom-Columbus Library is a gem. Its features include 51 public use computers, multiple meeting and study rooms, nearly 40,000 items in its collection, an open and cheerful children’s section, and a beautiful mural designed by local artist Jim Waid, among many other things.

Join us July 22 as we celebrate 40 years and look forward to the next chapter!


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.