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Arizona Edition: Yuma County Libraries weather a pandemic and new scrutiny

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It is National Library Week.

The2022 State of America’s Libraries Report is out from the American Library Association.

The year was defined by a rise in challenges to library material, threats against librarians, and the ongoing impacts of year two of the covid-19 pandemic.

Across the country more than 1,500 book titles have been challenged or ultimately pulled from library shelves, librarians have been personally threatened for doing their work, and politicians have threatened to cut library funds.

Add in a tumultuous two years of pandemic that forced innovation on-the-fly and challenged existing funding, and you might think libraries are in big trouble.

Not so fast says Yuma County Library District Director Lisa Mendez

Mendez says more people are using the library now than pre-covid. She says they are accessing materials and programs they never could before and using resources pulled together by a consortium of local partners.

The state of Yuma County’s Public libraries, on this episode of KAWC's Arizona Edition.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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