After 137 years of service, Bisbee’s library is declared best in America

The 137-year-old Copper Queen Library in Bisbee was named 2019’s best small library in America by Library Journal due to its innovative efforts to expand services to the community, such as early literacy programs and a slate of unconventional items available for checkout./Photos by Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Sta

By Henry Brean | Arizona Daily Star 

Arizona’s oldest operating library has a new claim to fame.

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee was recently named the best small library in America by the leading publication for bibliophiles.

According to Library Journal, the 137-year-old institution in Cochise County took home the top prize for 2019 thanks to its innovative efforts to expand services to the community, including early literacy programs, a seed library for gardeners, and a slate of unconventional items available for checkout, such as sports equipment and Wi-Fi internet hot spots.

Copper Queen Library Manager Jason Macoviak and Library Program Coordinator Alison Williams traveled to Burlington, Vermont, earlier this month to accept the award.

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