Esmond Station Library renamed to honor community member Anne Gibson

(Tucson, AZ) The future Esmond Station Library that will be located at 10931 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way has been renamed the W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library. The Library will primarily serve residents of the greater Vail area, including Corona de Tucson, Vail, and Rita Ranch. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated opening date is not yet available, but will be carefully selected at a later time when it is safe to do so.

Anne Gibson is a well-known community member and a tireless champion of bringing a library to the greater Vail area. She is also the President and Co-Chair of the newly formed Friends of the W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library. 

"We are so happy to see Ms. Gibson honored in this way," says Library Director Amber Mathewson. 

Gibson served on the Vail School District Governing Board from 1999 to 2010. She is a guest writer for The Vail Voice and is the Facilitator for Vail Serves Vail. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Vail School District Heart of Vail Award. 

According to a January 2020 article in The Vail Voice:

On a recent afternoon over 100 people from across Vail gathered to honor Anne Gibson on her 80th birthday. Someone asked the question: how many of you have served on a committee with Anne? Almost every hand in the room went up! It is likely that most every person who raised a hand was a happy victim of an arm-twisting request by Anne to serve on a committee... She has always had a vision of bettering the Vail community.

Edward Buster, Library Advisory Board Member and Vice President of the Friends of the W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library, says, "Anne Gibson is an incredibly strong, uncompromising, selfless, timeless, and passionate woman.  Over the past eight decades, she has been a tireless advocate for every person and demographic in the Vail School District, serving on countless boards and committees, robustly dedicated to the communities of the Greater Vail area and throughout Southeast Pima County. Over the course of the past 12 years, Anne relentlessly championed the cause of providing a library for the common good of everyone in the District. She painstakingly networked, advocated, influenced, mentored, and inspired, every major benevolent group, organization, and leader throughout Pima County through her unbridled commitment to making every life better. Our communities’ first library broadcasting the name of this timeless matriarch is a testament to Anne’s boundless legacy and serves to inspire countless future generations to serve others, do well, give often and unconditionally."

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