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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011

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State Library Assistance to Sierra Vista Library

PHOENIX – As the Monument Fire in Sierra Vista continues to ravage southern Arizona and displace citizens from their homes, the Sierra Vista Library has received 20 additional netbook computers for use by patrons during the crisis. The computers come on loan from the Library Development Division, a division of the Secretary of State's office.

The computer equipment was delivered by state library staff from Phoenix to Library Director Victoria Yarbrough in Sierra Vista late yesterday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the Monument Fire in southern Arizona," said Secretary of State Ken Bennett. "We hope that by loaning a significant number of computers to the Sierra Vista library, more people will have access to important online information and have the ability to connect with friends and family."

According to their website, the Sierra Vista Public Library will open to the public during normal library hours but the lobby will remain open until 10 p.m. for anyone who wants to take advantage of the Library's free wi-fi service. Also, a public resource area regarding the fire will be set up in the lobby of the library during business hours.

"Local libraries play such an important role in our communities, and Sierra Vista's library is no exception," continued Bennett. Earlier this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the importance of libraries by adding them to the list of locations that can serve as temporary relocation sites during major disasters and emergencies. These actions prove how important libraries are to people they serve."

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