Re: the Aug. 10 letter to the editor "Libraries still relevant in kids' education."

In today’s quickly evolving world, children need to be curious, critical thinkers who can engage with others. These skills can be broadly applied, whether one pursues science, business or arts.

Pima County Public Library helps prepare young people for bright futures by supporting individual inquiry in a safe, fun environment. In all libraries, STEAM-focused programming — from Strawbees and OzoBots to LEGO Mindstorms and Cubelets — encourages self-guided thinking and expands knowledge in architecture, engineering, robotics and more. We have partnered with the University of Arizona and regularly participate in the annual Arizona SciTech Festival, connecting customers with top thinkers and teachers in our community.

Even our littlest learners benefit from Storytimes that expand vital executive brain functions, like attention, self-control, and communication. Your public library is recognized nationwide as a leader in innovative programming. Every day, we help level the playing field and prepare our community’s children to accomplish great things.

It’s a privilege we highly regard and fully embrace.

Holly Schaffer

Community Relations Manager, Pima County Public Library

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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