Secretary Reagan to Present Buckeye with library grant

Grant provides funds to add a laptop lab to Coyote Branch Library

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2015

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Matt Roberts, Director of Communications 
Phone: (602) 542-2228
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Jennifer Rogers, Public Information Officer
City of Buckeye
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BUCKEYE, ARIZ. – On Tuesday, June 30, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan presented Buckeye officials a grant to implement a mobile laptop lab designed to introduce more residents to the electronic age. The grant money was made possible through the Arizona State Library with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The presentation was made at 1 p.m. at the Coyote Branch Library in Buckeye.

“Libraries are changing to meet the informational and educational needs of today’s society,” said Secretary Reagan whose office oversees the Arizona State Library. “I have made it my mission to assist libraries all over the state in rebranding as community knowledge centers. That knowledge comes not just from books, but also through technology, as has been recognized by the City of Buckeye through their receipt of this grant.”

Buckeye Library Manager Jana White said the IMLS grant of $13,270 will fund a Mobile 10 Laptop Lab, which she said will provide an invaluable resource to the library’s patrons who now come from a more densely populated area along Interstate 10.

“These dollars will benefit our community by offering hands-on lab training in basic to intermediate computer skills, information literacy, workforce development and library digital resources,” White said. The library’s slogan “Be Inspired, Be Engaged, Be Connected at Your Library” has caught on at the new branch, where an Entrepreneur Outreach Network has recently been launched.

“Technology has had a positive impact on the programs and services offered here, thanks in part to these state grants,” Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said.  “The opening of the library’s Coyote branch now helps our library deliver those additional state-of-the-art services to so many more of our residents in a much more centralized location.”

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About the City of Buckeye

The City of Buckeye, founded in 1888, is spread across 600 square miles of land, making Buckeye the largest city in Arizona, just surpassing Phoenix.  With a growing population of almost 60,000 residents, Buckeye is expected to grow over 600 percent in population over the next decade.  After 126 years being known as the Town of Buckeye, voters changed our name to the City of Buckeye, making us Arizona’s newest city.  With a new status and room to grow, Buckeye has quickly become a hub for new business and economic development projects, and as our Mayor says, “Buckeye is Open for Business.”

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