Have you been to the library lately? The teachers and staff here at Heritage have been focused lately on the importance of preparing for AIMS testing as well as honing students’ skills in math and reading. This can extend to non-school hours, too! Local libraries are a great resource for parents and students in both regards.

According to a new study from the Pew Research Internet Project, 30% of Americans aged 16 and older often go to the public library and nearly 40% go to the library on a regular basis.

The study goes on to say that those who go the library most often tend to be more active in their community, know their neighbors and participate in cultural activities. Frequent library visits are also associated with key life changes such as job hunting, having a child and researching for a school project.

At the opposite end, about 4% of Americans are disconnected not only from libraries, but from their neighbors and communities, technology and other information sources. They don’t read books on a regular basis or stay current with the news. While about a third of people in this group say a library’s closing would have a major impact on their community, one-quarter say it would have no impact at all.

If it’s been a while since you’ve gone to the library, here’s some quick information:

Pima County Public Library
Information line: (520) 791-4010

Pima County Public Library has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

  • Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E. River Road, 594-5345
  • Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 E. 22nd St., 594-5285
  • El Pueblo Branch Library, 101 W. Irvington Road, 594-5250
  • El Rio Branch Library, 1390 W. Speedway, 594-5245
  • Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road, 594-5225
  • Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N Treat Ave., 594-5305
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., 594-5500
  • Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde, 594-5275
  • Martha Cooper Branch Library, 1377 N. Catalina Avenue, 594-5315
  • Miller-Golf Links Branch Library, 9640 E. Golf Links Road, 594-5355
  • Mission Branch Library, 3770 S. Mission Road, 594-5325
  • Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, 594-5420
  • Quincie Douglas Branch Library, 1585 E. 36th St., 594-5335 (corner of Kino Parkway and 36th Street)
  • Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch Library, 1607 S. Sixth Ave., South Tucson, 594-5265
  • Santa Rosa Branch Library, 1075 S. 10th Ave., 594-5260
  • Southwest Branch Library, 6855 South Mark Road, 594-5270
  • Valencia Branch Library, 202 W. Valencia Road, 594-5390
  • Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, 594-5200