by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge
I’d like to discuss our library in this issue and ways we’ve been reaching out to the community in this unprecedented time.
The Coolidge Public Library was constructed in 1969 and has served the City for more than 50 years. The library has a rich and proud history of serving the community with a wide selection of books and events. Although providing services during a pandemic has its challenges, library staff has stepped up their calling and continue their wonderful services to Coolidge and the surrounding areas.
As more and more of us head online to buy, read and learn, the library has transformed into a virtual land of endless opportunity for learning. Even prior to the pandemic, the Coolidge Public Library offered computer services as part of serving the community. These services have been in use for years, and the numbers of computers have increased over time. In addition to computer services, free WiFi is available at the library and extends around the perimeter giving those access to the internet even when the building is closed.
Children are an important part of many people’s lives and the library centers many of its programs around helping kids learn.
Storytime is just one of those programs that brings in community members to assist in reading books to children. This program has been widely successful and viewership has rapidly increased through social media channels. In addition to this program and many others, the library participates in the “Fun Van” program that brings books, crafts and learning to ages from 0-5. This program, too, has transitioned online but has a strong following with many families.
Adults also have a wide range of programs to choose from. One of the newest virtual programs is “Meal Prep with Megan.” This food-inspired program provides a great way for viewers to try new recipes that are healthy and easy to make. The library partners with Arizona Humanities to offer “Frank Talks,” bringing in experts from Arizona and beyond to discuss trending subjects in our world.
Finally, we cannot forget our library started with books. The staff continues to purchase new books that would be of interest to the community. The library currently holds nearly 32,000 items in its collection and offers something for everyone to enjoy.
I hope you’ll take part of one of the library’s great online programs. Anyone can participate from the community, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the programs. You can learn more at coolidgeaz.com/library