Coolidge library

The Coolidge Public Library is located at 160 W. Central Ave.

COOLIDGE — The Coolidge Public Library will be giving out free period packs to women and girls as part of an initiative to help those who may not have access to the items when they need them.

“There are women, and young girls especially, who are embarrassed about asking for help,” Library Manager Joyce Baker said. “And they might not be living in a safe environment where they can get the resources.”

Baker said that when she and her staff initially looked into the idea of offering free feminine hygiene products, the items would have had to come out of the library’s budget. But then an area non-profit stepped in to help.

Arizona non-profit organization Go with the Flow is teaming up with the Coolidge library to provide free feminine care packs to women and girls in need.

Started in 2017, Go With the Flow provides menstrual packs to schools within Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties in an effort to make sure that students have access to sanitary products — products which can be especially difficult to obtain for lower income or homeless students.

The kits come in discreet bags and are designed to last for about a week. The packs come with mixture of tampons and sanitary napkins.

The intention, Baker said, is for the packs to last for the length of an average cycle.

Signs will be posted in the women’s bathroom in both English and Spanish, letting those that go in know about the packs and how to ask about them at the library desk.

“We’re excited to offer this program in a way that provides dignity for women who have needs,” Baker said.