Gifts to the Library

History of Special Gifts to the Library and Community

The Friends of the Southeast Library has shown its support even before the doors were opened in April, 1999.  Sales from the personalized tile project “Pathway to Knowledge” provided approximately $25,000 for the two historic signed photographs and the Bronze Statue, The Need to Know.


Raising of the Flag over lwo Jima

The signed limited edition (111/300) Pulitzer Prize winner, “Raising of the Flag over lwo Jima”, by Joe Rosenthal, changed the lives of the photographer and the subjects. The last man on the left, Pfc. Ira Hamilton Hayes, Bronze star Winner, was born in 1923 on the Gila River Indian Reservation at Sacaton, Arizona. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1942 and volunteered for the paratroopers. Pfc. Hayes died in January 1955. His life had been irreparably damaged by the fame he neither sought nor wanted. A Veterans memorial park honoring him is in Sacaton, Arizona.

Route 66, Arizona

The signed limited edition (15/250) of Route 66, Arizona 1953 by Andreas Feininger who was on assignment for LIFE Magazine, was made from the original negative under Mr. Feininger’s direct supervision and was printed at Time-LIFE photo lab in New York in 1991. Mr. Feininger donated his personal archives to the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.

The Need to Know

Also purchased is the Bronze statue of The Need to Know by Hollis Williford . The boy lying on his dog is a pleasant reminder of the enjoyment of reading.

The Vault

The Vault, the library’s teen area, was dedicated on July 11th 2014.    This renovation cost $41,216 which was fully funded by Friends Place.

The Dig

Friends have continued to fund current updates inside the Southeast Regional Library with the complete renovation of the children’s reading room, The Shoe House.  In 2009, at the cost of $9,400 this room was made into “The Dig”.   The murals inside and out along the walls were done by dv8 Murals, who also has painted the murals at the Phoenix Zoo.  They did this work for half of their cost because they wanted to give back to the library that their children enjoyed growing up and using this area.