Libraries to feature Jan. 8 memorial tributes

2014-01-06T00:00:00Z Libraries to feature Jan. 8 memorial tributesBy Darren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Jan. 8, 2011, shootings left an indelible mark on many Tucsonans.

Three years later, a number of memorials to honor the victims and survivors of that day are moving forward.

The first is a series of displays at Pima County libraries of prayer candles, handwritten cards, stuffed animals and other items collected at makeshift memorials in the days after the tragedy that left six dead and 13 others wounded.

The Jan. 8 Memorial Foundation has stored the items in an air-conditioned warehouse ever since.

It will be the first time the items have been made available to the public.

Ceremonies will be held throughout the week at each library to officially unveil the displays.

— Today at the Joel D. Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Event begins at noon.

— Wednesday at the Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. Event begins at 10:10 a.m.

— Thursday at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd St. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibits will run through January.

In addition, the Memorial Foundation is holding a press conference this morning at the Old Pima County Courthouse to announce its plans for a permanent memorial.

The Memorial Foundation is working with the Tucson Pima Arts Council to locate artists, engineers and others to design the space, which will be in and around the old courthouse, the foundation’s website said.

The entire process is expected to take between two to three years.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or Follow on Twitter @DarrenDaRonco

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