Join Your Friends @ the Library

The survey results are in! During the spring/summer, we conducted a community survey to learn more about your experiences at the library and to ask for your feedback. We reached out to St. Johns County residents (both library users and nonusers) through our newsletter, at community events, emails, and at each of our branch library and bookmobile locations. We received over 5500 completed surveys, greatly surpassing our previous survey results. Thank you!

We learned nearly half of those surveyed use the library monthly, and one-third visit weekly. We are gratified that the library system received high rates of satisfaction for our friendly atmosphere, positive interactions with the staff, convenient hours of operation, and our large collection of resources in print and online.

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. Your input has already helped us to better understand our community’s needs and will continue to be studied for ways that we can improve our services to you going forward.

Later this month, SJCPLS will be celebrating our seven Friends of the Library groups during National Friends of the Libraries Week, October 21-27, 2018. The work of the Friends of the Library promotes the fact that our libraries are a cornerstone of community education, providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thought and ideas of the world.

The Friends, the foundation of community support for the St. Johns County Public Library System, understand the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate to ensure that our libraries get the resources needed to provide a wide variety of service to all ages. The Friends provide outstanding fundraising assistance to enhance our libraries and bookmobiles. FOL funds are used for many items that the county does not provide. For example, did you realize the Friends fund all program costs, from purchasing the movies for our film series, to author visits, musical events, to youth and children’s demonstrations, to craft supplies? In addition, the Friends make a difference in our library collections, funding the purchase of books, CDs, and DVDs for our libraries. Currently, over 1400 community members contribute annually to the Friends. The gift of their time and commitment to our libraries sets an example for how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.

We could not do what we do without the continued support of our Friends members. This October, consider joining the Friends of the Library. Visit the Friends of the Library page on the Library website and join a group that makes a real difference.

Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson