The Occasion of Mr. Pat Corella’s Retirementby Representative Raúl M. Grijalva
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Mr. GRIJALVA. Mr. Speaker, I wish to recognize and congratulate Mr.
Pat CoreIla on the occasion of his retirement from his post as Deputy
Director of the Pima County Library.
Mr. Corella has dedicated over fifty years to serving his community with distinction. Born from humble beginnings, Mr. CoreIla has become a symbol of hard work, perseverance, and selflessness. A Tucson native, Mr. CoreIla is one of six siblings with strong family ties. Since a young age, Mr. CoreIla has borne much responsibility whether helping his family harvest crops in California during the summers to becoming an independent young man. He graduated from Pueblo High School in 1965 and soon began his involvement with the Pima County Public Library system. As a library page, he assisted in shelving, book circulation, operating equipment and researching.
In 1970 after marrying and beginning a family, he enrolled in the University of Arizona as a full-time student. In less than four years, Mr. CoreIla earned his bachelor's degree in Government and Public Administration. During that time, it was his job to drive the ``bookmobile'' to areas in Tucson and Pima County where he provided imperative library services to low-income and underrepresented communities.
Mr. Corella was instrumental in the opening of library branches in Tucson's barrios and surrounding rural communities. Due in part to his leadership, nineteen library branches were opened and sixteen others were either expanded or remodeled. Mr. Corella has always understood that libraries were educational institutions full of opportunity for underserved communities. He helped transition these library branches to modern technology and expanded the role of providing more services and resources beyond books. Today, Pima County branch libraries provide literacy programs for adults and children, after-school tutoring and access to computers and community services.
Mr. Corella's final day was November 26, 2015, exactly fifty years to the day he began as a library page.
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure and honor to recognize the commitment and dedication to our Southern Arizona community and the library system that Mr. Corella has demonstrated for well over fifty years.