Library grants will improve rural community services


An unexpected windfall will allow Cochise County’s rural libraries to expand their services to local children.

A grant of $25,000 has been awarded to the Cochise County Library District from a family advised fund, held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

“We are very excited about this grant, especially as it was not something we had sought,” said Library District Director Amadee Ricketts, who received a letter informing her the District had been recommended for the funding. “These funds will help us to improve children’s services, collections, and spaces in the rural branch libraries, and to build our collection of bilingual books.”

The grant was approved by the Board of Supervisors, acting as the Library District Board, on September 11.

Additionally, the Board approved another grant in the amount of $23,000 from the State Grants-in-Aid fund, set up by the Arizona legislature to help local libraries.

“The Library District uses State Aid to supplement budgeted items, such as travel and training, books and library materials, professional services and supplies,” explained Ricketts.

Both grants will be effective for one year.