What Bookmarks Supports
For more than 40 years, the Cottonwood Public Library has benefited from funds raised through Bookmarks. An entire list of its accomplishments is far too numerous to include here. Below is a synopsis of what Bookmarks has funded in the last seven years to enhance library programs and to provide much needed equipment.
Spanish instruction - from conversational Spanish to the newly offered English as a Second Language program
The purchase of a new reference desk
Fees for staff to attend the AZLA/MPLA [Arizona Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association] annual conference
Summer reading programs
Dual aisle RFID security gates
Funds raised through membership fees and book purchases are instrumental in supporting a variety of ongoing library activities. Here is a sampling of programs presently supported by Bookmarks:
Every Wednesday from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. a conversational Spanish class is held at the library in the Dede Ewald Room. Individuals with all levels of fluency are welcome to attend, including ESL students.
What are STEAM kits? STEAM is an acronym which refers to the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Studies have shown that hands-on experience is extremely helpful in children’s learning. These kits allow children to use their creativity skills while learning important concepts. The Cottonwood Library has a collection of STEAM kits available for use in the Youth Services area.
Children of all ages can join Jan Marc, ‘The Janimal,’ on the first Saturday of every month. He teaches basic shapes to create mostly cartoon characters. The classes are held between 11:00 - 1:00 (drop in any time).
On the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:00, Claudia Tulip offers her Music Together program. Children ages 0 - 5 and their parents can participate in this program. Drums, especially, are used to emphasize rhythm, with singing and dancing completing the program.
Hearing of the need to replace nonfunctioning iPads, Bookmarks funded the purchase of three new iPads for the Youth Services Teen Zone. The iPads are used in a variety of ways, from the playing of video games to utilizing the app tied to Sphero, which allows users to control a robot ball. In addition, Sphero users can learn software coding when using the available edu app and program.