I cannot remember a time when I did not have a library card.
PebbleCreek has two excellent and well-used volunteer managed libraries – one in the Eagles Nest Clubhouse and one in Tuscany Falls. They are stocked with donated books and puzzles and operate on the honor system: take anything you like and bring it back when you are done. To control inventory, the library volunteers ask that donations be hardbacks with publication dates 2008 and newer and paperbacks published 2011 and newer.
I definitely use the PebbleCreek libraries as well, but when I am looking for something very current, or a little off the beaten path, I turn to the Maricopa County library system. PebbleCreek is within a reasonable distance of three branches: Litchfield Park, Goodyear and White Tanks. The White Tanks branch sits right at the entrance to the White Tanks Park and has lots of natural light to take advantage of the setting. There are regular lectures in the community room and it is definitely a place to visit; the Litchfield Park branch is just across from the Wigwam Resort and Goodyear’s facility is just south of I-10 on Van Buren.
Once a resident has a library card, all of the resources of the 19 branch system become available. The extensive catalog is online and card holders can log on to the website (mcldaz.org), search for books and then reserve books on line. When the resource becomes available it is delivered to whatever local library the patron selects.
The Maricopa County system also uses an online delivery service, called OverDrive, that gives card holders the ability to download books and magazines to their various devices. So, you don’t even have to leave the house to get fresh reading material!
The City of Goodyear just announced that they are developing a new civic property north of McDowell near 150th Drive. The development will include a new city hall, 2 acre park, Class A office Space AND a new library! Look for it to open in mid-2022.
These days, public libraries offer countless activities. They also have computer banks and used book sales. Anymore, they really aren’t the quiet places that I remember from my childhood – though some have quiet reading spaces. I kind of miss the quiet… but will happily trade it for everything our local libraries offer.