Glendale Keeping Foothills Library

20150318_103143Interesting news from the Glendale City Council last week. After some consideration, and due in great part to public comment, the city has decided not to sell and relocate the Foothills Library Branch near 55th Avenue and Union Hills.

Plans had been compiled to move the library from its current building into existing space in the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center next door. After several public meetings, however, those plans were scratched.

One of my enduring sadnesses is to not have taught all three of my kids the wonder of the library. In California, I remember school field trips to the Los Angeles branch library in Panorama City. Here in Arizona, we used to make a pilgrimage to downtown Mesa from the Dobson Ranch to visit the then only Mesa Library branch (now home to the fire department, if memory serves.) We also would go to Basha’s whenever the Maricopa County Library bookmobile arrived.

These days, in all honesty, my own physical library trips have declined as I’ve become addicted to my Nook – to the point that I feel put out if I’ve got to go check out a physical book. (That need actually led to this entire post, as the online library seems to have five of six books of a series I’m leaving, with the other book available only at the Foothills Branch.

Even if space were available, I have to say I’m glad to see the Foothills Branch remaining solo. It’s one of those small things that make an area feel more like a community, a place to congregate. The Recreation and Aquatics center is as well but, if only for nostalgia sake, the idea of kids living in and around Arrowhead Ranch taking a field trip to a stand-alone library does my heart good.



Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at