YPG’s library is not your typical library
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bianca Carpenter stepped into the role of the Yuma Proving Ground supervisory library technician in November 2021. (Photo Credit: Ana Henderson) VIEW ORIGINAL
YPG’s library is not your typical library
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Beatrice Brimmage and Bianca Carpenter are affectionately called Mrs. Bea and Little B. (Photo Credit: Ana Henderson) VIEW ORIGINAL

Movie scenes portray libraries as strictly enforced quiet zones with no fun to be had.

The Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) library is different, “This library is more so like a hangout spot you don’t just have to be mute. You can have a good time in here,” explains Bianca Carpenter the new library supervisory technician. She stepped into the role in November of 2021.

Carpenter hails from Mississippi and since taking on the role, she and Beatrice Brimmage have been “revamping” the vibe in the library.

“I don’t want people to think of the library as a mundane place. Yes, we have books but we also have other activities for you to do.”

In addition to monthly events such as story time, game board and movie nights, the library houses amenities too. Such as a video game and arcade room, craft room, children’s room, and televisions (TV). Patrons can check out the DVDs or watch the videos at the library. There are also two cable TVs in the lobby which boast comfortable couches with coffee tables. She encourages active duty Soldiers and students alike to take advantage of the computer lab which has printing capabilities and CAC readers if needed.

Carpenter knows YPG is home to teens who are avid readers which bring her joy because this day in age most teens are more interested in their electronic devices.

“I like to see them checking out books and coming back like a week later, done with three books. That is so impressive.”

Carpenter is family oriented and a mother herself who wants to see families come to the library and hangout. She encourages them to use the library’s many game boards, the craft room and the other amenities to get creative and have fun when they want to get out of the house.

“Come out to the library, get lost in a book or come enjoy some alone time in our lobby. We have sports on or whatever else you might want to do.”

YPG Library hours

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. -6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday