Welcome to the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce
Home of the Casa Grande Ruins
We have moved to our new location at the Artisan Village of Coolidge!
351 N. Arizona Blvd
(Northeast Corner of Arizona Blvd and Pima Ave)
The Coolidge Chamber of Commerce was established on September 2nd, 1959 and is the driving force for business and economic development within the City. The Chamber is ever ready to promote local businesses, the interests of the Community or to receive the many tourists that visit the City. Stop by anytime to see what is happening in and around the fine City of Coolidge or see what the Chamber can do for your business.
Together we can make a difference!
June Spotlight of the Month
Coolidge Public Library
The purpose of the Coolidge Public Library is to provide fair and reasonable access to information so residents can fulfill their desire for personal and educational growth; find information about career opportunities; fulfill appetites for popular, cultural trends and satisfying recreational experiences; and locate information on an array of topics, including Coolidge’s community resources.
The library’s service to children is designed to stimulate a desire for lifelong learning, to develop a love for reading, to provide opportunities for parent-child sharing and interaction, and to offer supplementary resources for school assignments. The library is so much more than books! It offers story time, early childhood literacy programs, school visits, class tours, movies, a variety of special programs (both education and entertainment focused) and the annual Summer Reading Program.
Staff offer Teens and Pre-teens (Tweens) educational opportunities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Students learn computer programming at The Code Club (ages 9-18). Tweens at Tween Titans (ages 9-12) gain skills with science experiments, math and engineering concepts, and art projects. Younger students develop spatial concepts with building projects and challenges at Lego Club (ages 5-12). The library also provides online tools to help with homework and research. There are plenty of learning opportunities for adults as well. Staff members coordinate a wide variety of educational programs for local residents. Topics include innovations in technology such as 3D printers; financial tips such as couponing or understanding social security; healthy living resources like tips for a healthy heart, coping with dementia, or raising chickens; and tools for relaxation such as coloring programs, essential oils, and music therapy.
The library, of course, offers books for residents to borrow. However, 30% of the items they borrow every month are DVDs and 5% are audio books. People can also download digital content. They can download magazines, e-books, audio books, movies, and music to tablets, smart phones, or computers – all from the convenience of their own home. Many people also come to the library to read newspapers and magazines. The patron computers are a vital resource for residents. People can use them for up to three hours a day to look for jobs, update resumes, read e-mails, file important government documents, read the news, take online classes, complete homework assignments, and keep in touch with family and friends far away. Many of these residents would not have access to the Internet without the library.
The library also offers business services to local residents for a nominal fee. People can send and receive faxes, scan and send documents, as well as print and copy pages. During tax season, the library still makes tax forms available to the public. Through a partnership with Arizona @ Work, patrons may see current job openings and apply for the jobs without driving to the Casa Grande office. Arizona @ Work also provides brochures of other available services for people who are looking for work as well as lists of upcoming job fairs.
It’s our favorite time of the year! All ages are invited to visit the library and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. The theme for this year is “Get in the Game & READ” or “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Earn prizes while you read the books you want to read. Reading Logs are due no later than July 15 at 6 p.m. In addition to reading, we will host a variety of programs that will interest all ages. Check out the events calendar for dates and times. Keep in mind that while all events are free, some might require registration.
The Coolidge Women’s Club started a club library in 1930. It was staffed by volunteers and was the only library open to the public until the Town Council provided a library tax levy July 1, 1957. The first library was on the corner of Arizona Blvd and Pinkley. Construction began on the existing building in 1969. The current building is 6,700 square feet. It holds over 30,000 items for circulation – approximately 6,000 items are checked out every month. The library has 24 computers for the public to use. It is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Approximately 7,000 people come to the library every month – 2,000 of them use the computers. Another 2,000 use the free Wi-Fi. The library expects to break ground on a new 1,000 square foot programming room this August. This room will provide a dedicated space for the 25+ programs offered by library staff every month. Over 300 people currently attend these programs each month.
The library staff are not active members of any community organization. However, we all respond to requests to help with special events whenever we can. As library director, my mantra is to “just say yes whenever possible.” That means we are very quick to collaborate with other city departments for special events. We are happy to work with community organizations as opportunities arise. We typically participate in Christmas in the Park, GAIN Night, Easter in the Park, Chamber events, and Artisan Village events – when appropriate. Community organizations that participate in library events include the different city departments, University of Arizona Co-Op, Coolidge Youth Coalition, Artisan Village, Casa Grande Ruins, Chamber of Commerce, all of the local schools, local hospices, local Veteran’s organizations, food banks, AZ @ Work employment services, social service agencies, and many local businesses.
Our biggest challenge is how to continue offering excellent services with the limited staff.
We believe that the Coolidge Chamber is the best way to meet local business owners who care about the community. We want to make sure those business owners know we care too. We are here to give resources to Coolidge residents so they can grow, learn, and enjoy living here. We like helping our residents be successful. We like doing business with other Coolidge businesses so our neighbors will thrive.