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Aug. 29, 2016
 

Chandler Public Library Awarded Prestigious Grant
 
The Chandler Public Library has been awarded an $11,050 grant from the Arizona State Library to fund an upcoming series of public programs that will examine the American experience during wartime.
 
The “America in Times of Conflict” series begins in November 2016 and continues through April 2017. It will include panel discussions, lectures, oral histories, exhibits and movies that describe and bring to life the unique experience of Americans during times in our history when we have been in conflict, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars.
 
 “Many of our Chandler residents are veterans or families of veterans. Past programs on these topics have been very popular, and we continually receive requests to provide more history on how war has affected our country as well as our local community,” said Cultural Affairs Director Brenda Brown. “This grant will allow the library to pursue programming to meet this interest while providing services that are specific to veterans of all ages and seniors.”
 
Longtime Chandler resident Eulogio "Lefty" Soto receives his Bronze Star for his service in World War II.The Library hopes to attract local veterans and senior citizens to this new series, which will include regional insights to make the topics even more relevant to attendees. However, Brown is encouraging everyone, regardless of their age, to attend these programs. “The Library also is working closely with the Chandler Museum to create online and physical exhibits of photos and cultural memorabilia relevant to the various program topics. Seeing these items can add another facet to understanding the era,” Brown added. 
 
In addition to the Chandler Public Library, “America in Times of Conflict” programs will involve all divisions of the City’s Cultural Affairs Department, including Chandler Museum and the Chandler Center for the Arts. The Chandler Senior Center also is a project partner.
 
In 2016, the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, received about $3.2 million under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More than $800,000 was awarded on a competitive basis to libraries in Arizona. The remaining funds are used to support statewide services, including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, continuing education classes and other programs.
 
“Libraries are community centers that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement and human services,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan whose office oversees the State Library.  “It is an honor to assist libraries to transform to meet the needs of the community.”
 
The dates, times and locations for the “America in Times of Conflict” presentations are online at chandlerlibrary.org or by calling 480-782-2800.
 

 
Photo at right:  Chandler resident Eulogio "Lefty" Soto received a Bronze Star for his service in World War II. Soto served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. He wasn't awarded the Bronze Star until 1957, while he was a member of the Arizona