First and fourth grade students from Patagonia Elementary School watch a frybread demonstration after reading an NEA Big Read StoryWalk of “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” in Patagonia’s Town Park. Photo by Laura Wenzel

This month, Patagonia Library is launching our Act One Culture Pass collection. Act One’s Culture Pass provides access to the arts for students, retirees, and families that would not otherwise have the financial capabilities to visit Arizona’s arts and cultural treasures. 

Initiated by library clerk Kayla Miller, the program offers free weekly passes to the following destinations: Arcosanti, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, The Heard Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, Pueblo Grande Museum, Reid Park Zoo, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedona Heritage Museum, and University of Arizona Museum of Art. Patrons will receive two free passes to the museum of their choice to use within seven days of checkout. For more information, contact us at 520-394-2010.

We’re about two-thirds complete with the NEA Big Read program, hosted by the Patagonia Library and the Patagonia Creative Arts Association, and the time is flying by! There are many more events to come this December; view our schedule on page 15 in this newspaper, or visit Please note, the author talk and documentary with Brian Jabas Smith was rescheduled to December 11 at 7pm at the Tin Shed Theater. Many thanks to everyone who has been patient with us while we navigate event coordinating in our COVID world.