The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, has awarded a $48,595 grant to the Avondale Public Library.
The grant has allowed for the purchase of a new trailer to be transformed into a mobile library to serve residents out of reach of the two Avondale libraries.
“Community support has been great for bringing the mobile library to underserved neighborhoods,” said Ava Gutwein, library manager. “Schools, senior living facilities, preschools and nonprofit organizations have expressed a lot of interest in visits by the mobile library.”
The trailer, proudly named the W.O.W. mobile, which stands for Words on Wheels, will roll out soon to provide a miniature library of adult, teen and children’s books and DVDs and also be a WiFi access point.
Plans are to eventually include some laptops. The new mobile library will welcome all patrons with hopes of bringing resources and services to more convenient locations. The mobile library will also be taken out to special city of Avondale events.
In 2019, the Arizona State Library received about $3.4 million under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Arizona libraries received $678,175 awarded on a competitive basis. The remaining funds are used to support statewide services, including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, continuing education classes and other programs.
“These subgrants allow libraries to go above and beyond in their communities,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said.
“These projects will increase access to information and education for Arizonans. They support institutional improvements and help form inclusive communities.”