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September 2009 District 2 News

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Written by
Marty Moreno
Marty Moreno
Currently serves on the Pima County Library District Advisory Board repesenting District Two.  Also, recently retired from the Sahuarita Town Council.
On a recent visit to our new temporary Library in Sahuarita, I heard a symphony when I walked in.

No it did not come from the shelves holding the books about Bach or Beethoven or Life of Elvis or the Beatles.

The music was much more magical.  Pages quietly being turned, soft sounds of a keyboard, a gentle voice of a mother reading to her giggling, wide-eyed toddler, and the tune of shuffling feet of youth exploring the teen room.

For my fast growing community of Sahuarita, I recognize and appreciate the vital importance of having our own library. It goes beyond the music.  The library is a lifeline for those young and old who do not have access to internet services.  There are many pockets in our rural community who are not able to subscribe or receive high speed internet.  For example, my own neighborhood in the Town of Sahuarita only has the dial up option.  In this day of technology, that is so "ICE AGE".

Having our own library provides the place for our students the access to computers and "free wireless" internet to do homework research assignments, our residents can use library resources to help find jobs or change jobs, a wide range of readily available resources for young and old alike, or visitors can simply use the library resources to take a trip without leaving town by simply reading a book.

A healthy library is indicative of a healthy community.


Sahuarita Branch Library will be the newest addition to Pima County system
The Sahuarita Branch Library is located at 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita
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This facility - the 27th branch library of the Pima County Public Library system - is a remodeled modular building that will help serve the Sahuarita and Rancho Sahuarita communities north of Green Valley until a permanent facility can be built.

The location and construction date of a permanent facility for the community has not been determined at this time. The modular building, of just over 2,000 square feet, was formerly part of the Sahuarita Town offices and has been extensively renovated using Library District Funds.

Renovation of the facility cost approximately $200,000 and included adding Internet connectivity, computers, and furniture.

Due to the space limitations of the modular building, this location will operate as an “express” library, with a small browsing collection of approximately 5,000 volumes where customers can conveniently pick up reserved books. The library also will have 12 public use computers. The branch library will operate on the following schedule:

Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Supervisor Ramón Valadez

Pima County, Arizona
District 2
130 W. Congress, 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone : (520) 724-8126
Email: district2@pima.gov

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