September 11, 2023 / Modified sep 13, 2023 10:50 a.m.

AZPM honored by NETA for Education Content

The Arizona Illustrated segment, Copper Queen Library, won at the 55th Annual Public Media Awards.

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The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) announced yesterday that the Arizona Illustrated segment, Copper Queen Library, was among one of the recipients of the 55th Annual Public Media Awards. The Public Media Awards honor member stations’ finest work in community engagement, content, education, marketing/communications, independent productions, and overall excellence. The winning segment tied for first place in Education Content with Milwaukee PBS.

Produced by the award-winning team of Tony Paniagua and John DeSoto, Copper Queen Library originally aired on an episode of Arizona Illustrated in December 2022 and highlights the history and present day operations of the state’s oldest continuously operating library in Bisbee, Arizona. Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media.

Copper Queen Library

Tony Paniagua, Producer
John DeSoto, Videographer/Editor

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee is the oldest continuously operating library in Arizona and it’s been getting national recognition in recent years. In 2019, the Library Journal named it as the best small library in the country, and in 2022, it was the only library in the state to be among 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Copper Queen’s building is historic and has prominent architectural features while offering modern services. These include computer classes, a seed bank, and a tool rental program at the adjunct facility which operates at a former public school in a different section of the city.

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