May 2021
A Message from the State Librarian

Last month we shared that the Arizona State Library will be receiving $3,617,020 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Because the funds are to be used to respond to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, State Library staff have been working to formulate a spending plan that will quickly and efficiently assist Arizona libraries in meeting needs in your communities.

Spending priorities have been identified as:
  • To enable libraries to reach residents with internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi, and other digital inclusion efforts, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development;
  • To provide rapid emergency relief to libraries, allowing them to safely respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols; 
  • To support library services that meet the needs of communities; and
  • With respect to the three points above, reach tribal and museum partners best positioned to assist with pandemic response efforts, in addition to traditionally eligible library entities, where appropriate.

A major portion of the funding will be distributed through a formula award of ARPA funds to the 90 public and tribal library systems in Arizona. The intent of the formula awards is to reach as many Arizonans as possible through their local public libraries. The formula is being determined by a baseline amount of money plus additional funds allocated according to a needs index created with data concerning Poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), unemployment, and broadband availability. 
Remaining funds will be used for projects offered statewide that address the priorities. Monies are to be used by September 30, 2022. 

This is an exciting opportunity, and we look forward to seeing these funds distributed and put to work throughout our state!

Holly Henley
State Librarian
Events and Deadlines
Mark your calendar for upcoming Learning Path, Wisdom Wednesdays, Grant Deadlines and Events.


May 5, 12:00-1:00pm

May 6, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 11,11:00am-12:00pm

May 11, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Women of Color Leading Arizona: Dr. Yvonne de la Torre Montiel and Dr. Miguel Montiel

May 12

May 12, 12:00pm-1:00pm

May 13, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 19, 12:00pm-1:00pm

May 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm
LSTA 2021 Grant Awards
Congratulations to our 2021 LSTA grant recipients across the state!

Here are a few key points you may find of interest:
  • We awarded over $750,000 in grants throughout the state for 69 library projects
  • Libraries from 13 counties submitted applications and at least one library from each of those counties received an award 
  • For a complete list of the funded projects, please go to:

You might recall that we host a category of mini-grants called “Moving Forward”, which is not included in the link above. This category was created last year in direct response to the pandemic. This year, with the allocation of additional pandemic response funds from IMLS, we thought it made sense to award these grants out of the forthcoming American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Doing so will better allow us to tell the story of how Arizona libraries responded and adapted to COVID-19. Additional information on distribution of ARPA funds will be coming soon.
American Library Association's
COVID Library Relief Fund
The American Library Association’s COVID Library Relief Fund will assist public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories that are experiencing substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted their ability to serve their community, especially traditionally underserved populations. 
The deadline for applicant submissions is May 20, 2021. Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021. 
The fund has 1.25 million dollars and will provide grants between $30,000 and $50,0000 to libraries/library systems/districts that have seen a substantial reduction in funding that impacts their ability to provide essential services to underserved populations in low to moderate income groups. 
The grant funds are to support libraries through December 31, 2021. Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, and equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s). 
Please see to apply and for guidelines, FAQs and sample applications. 
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary discount on monthly internet bills for qualifying low-income households.

  • Up to $50 per month for broadband services purchased by eligible households and up to $75 per month for households located on Tribal lands.
  • A one-time discount of $100 for purchase of a desktop, laptop or tablet computer from participating providers.
Applications will be available on May 12, 2021. Only one monthly service discount and only one device per household.
Learn more about how libraries or other trusted organizations can help spread the word about the EBB in this short video: Emergency Broadband Benefit for Libraries. Further information and printable flyers are available on Connect Arizona.
We hope we can count on you to share the news about the Emergency Broadband Benefits program.
If you have questions, please contact  or
Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out. 
Arizona Author Series
Once a month the State of Arizona Research Library hosts
a local author, professor, or historian to present on a unique aspect of Arizona history.
The presentations are held virtually and are free to attend.  Authors cover a wide range of topics, so you will always leave having learned something new about the state’s rich history.  

The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was the nation’s first federally-funded education program for women. This program, administered by the U.S. Public Health Service, operated from 1943 to 1948 and addressed a critical shortage of nurses stateside during World War II. Through this presentation, we will learn about the program’s features and the history of the five participating hospital schools of nursing in Arizona.

Check out the book on Reading Arizona
On Wednesday, June 23 at 1:00pm Lesley Poling-Kempes will present about her book "Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey”

Author and historian Lesley Poling-Kempes will show historic photos and discuss the research journey of discovery that became her celebrated book, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & their Adventures in the American Southwest (UA Press 2015). Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.
Check out the book on Reading Arizona
We would appreciate any efforts you make to share this information with your library's patrons. You and your patrons are encouraged to visit the State of Arizona Research Library event calendar to register for the upcoming presentations and to stay updated on future events. 

Please contact Paloma Phelps at with any questions or for publicity materials. 
Shining S.T.A.R.L.

In honor of National Poetry month, a blog was written about why there are two state songs.

In 1919, the Legislature decided that Arizona needed a state anthem. They chose “Arizona”, from a poem written by Margaret Rowe Clifford and music by Maurice Blumenthal, both residents of Cochise County. The lyrics, adopted by Laws 1919, Chapter 28, are shown here.

The State of Arizona Research Library has a blog called the "Shining S.T.A.R.L." Posts are written by staff about historical issues, influential people in the state and interesting information. Topics have been about voting history, legislators, judges, sports, and many others.
Women of Color Leading Arizona
The next program in the series takes place on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 pm and features speakers Dr. Yvonne de la Torre Montiel and Dr. Miguel Montiel, co-authors of the upcoming book, World of Our Mothers: Mexican Revolution Era Immigrants. Together they will share the largely forgotten stories of women who immigrated to the U.S. during the era of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

The final program in the series occurs on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm featuring Dr. Irasema Coronado and Dr. Lisa Magaña as they present “Women of Color, Power and Politics in Arizona,” which will expand on the influence of women of color in contemporary Arizona politics.
We would appreciate any efforts you make to share this information with your library's patrons. You and your patrons are encouraged to visit the Arizona Capitol Museum calendar of events to stay updated on future events. 
Please contact Naomi Primeau at with any questions or for publicity materials. 
The Learning Path
Library Works Webinars
The Arizona State Library has purchased a limited number of seats to the upcoming Library Works webinars. These webinars will need to be attended live on the listed date and time.  
Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

To register, contact Ann Marie Creegan

Wisdom Wednesdays
PCI Webinars
Every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Library Development offers webinars on various topics, through PCI. Topics include management, children's programs, genealogy and more. Register today. Seats are limited.

Rural Libraries Summit
ALA's Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this virtual two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. The summit is May 25-26 and registration closes Friday, May 21. 

ALA Annual Conference 2021
Join the library community online this summer at the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held June 23-29. You’ll find education, authors, exhibitors, best practice information, networking, and more.

Event Highlights:
  • Educational programming, created and curated by library professionals
  • News You Can Use Sessions with updates that highlight new research, innovations, and advances in libraries
  • Memorable and inspiring Featured Speakers
  • The Library Marketplace with more than 250 participating exhibitors, 11 Presentation Stages, Swag-A-Palooza, and more
  • COVID-19 information for libraries
  • Discussion Groups
  • Presidents' Programs
  • Livestreamed presentations
  • Leading authors 
  • Networking opportunities to share and connect with peers
  • and more

AzLA Annual Conference 2021
Theme: Moving the Boundaries of Librarianship: Leading from Arizona
When: October 27- 29, 2021
Where: Prescott Resort and Conference Center in Prescott

Libraries are not simply what is contained in a physical building, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the necessity to reimagine our library services in new and innovative ways. As we move into the future, libraries will continue to face ever-progressive challenges, and in order to tackle them, we will have to move the boundaries of librarianship to continue providing high-quality services to our communities.

Join us as we navigate these challenges and lead the movement of those boundaries from Arizona.

Contact with any questions. 

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