This past summer in the middle of the pandemic some members of the Imperial Beach Woman’s Club decided to exchange puzzles. Former Councilwoman Lorie Bragg, Joyce Ward and Donna Moore thought they could do more to help the senior members of the community by sharing their puzzles with them. They set up a puzzle library where residents can borrow a puzzle the same way they borrow a book from the library. Ward has volunteered to store the puzzles in her homes which range from 300 to 500 and even 1,000 pieces - enough to keep everyone busy for a while.
The idea started because the Senior Center has been closed due to the pandemic and the three women know how much the seniors love to do puzzles at the center. The library provides an opportunity for seniors to create puzzles and stay engaged especially now that with the end of daylight savings it will get dark sooner. Moore and Bragg have donated some puzzles to the library and even the city became involved thanks to a grant. According to Assistant City Manager Erika Cortez Martinez the city used money from a grant from the Sahm Family Foundation to purchase 20 puzzles. The grant of $25,000 was given to the city to be used for seniors. With those funds, the city has purchased a van, that once the pandemic is over will be used for tours, meals out and pick ups. The other $ 5,000 was partially used to purchase puzzles.
Once the senior center reopens, the puzzles will be moved and made available there. Those interested in borrowing a puzzle can email firstname.lastname@example.org.