Sharla Darby is the new head librarian at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library in Marana, which will hold its grand opening this Saturday.

The new library was made possible by a $1 million donation from its namesake, who will be at the June 5 opening.

The opening day collection includes between 70,000 and 80,000 books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.


 What makes this library different from the other ones in the Pima County library system?


 I think when people come in, there’s four things that really stand out for them.

The first thing is when you walk in it’s very open and it sometimes takes people aback. I think the second thing that stands out is we have a separate children’s area…We’re also going to include in that area a section on parenting books and magazines that are geared towards parents. Our third thing is we have two very large meeting rooms. The fourth thing is the number of computers we have. It’s a lot in comparison to other libraries.


It seems that a lot of parents take their kids to the library and a lot of older people also check out books. How do you address the gap in between?


I think the point is we have a space for (tweens and teens) and we create a place for them to feel comfortable. We also offer youth worker positions like page positions and we’re also partnering, hopefully, with Marana’s school district to do more things in the future. We rotate around the system other games, Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, and we do gaming night and game programs for teens. It’s a part of a ‘Fit for Life’ program that we do system wide. We recognize that for all ages, we encourage fitness to battle obesity in youth. We want to provide opportunities of having fun but also getting moving.

If you go

What:     Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library grand opening

When:     Saturday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where:     7800 N. Schisler Drive, near Cortaro and Silverbell roads

Info:     791-4010,

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