Libraries Strengthen Their Communities

National Library Week, April 7-13, 2019, is a time to celebrate our Library and the many ways libraries build strong communities providing critical resources, programs, and expertise.

Public libraries are not just about books. The public library is about connections and transformations. Connections made between the individual and information as well as between the individual and others in the community. Transformations happen as a person and a community engage in lifelong learning, engage in reading and viewing new things, different perspectives, and a wide variety of offerings.

Libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all. They foster civic engagement, keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.

The most recent example of civic engagement occurred during the month of March, when SJCPLS held three library visioning sessions around the county. Hundreds of residents turned out for these events, offering insight and feedback about our library locations, both current and new libraries. The Library Advisory Board and I sincerely thank each of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend one of these events and share your thoughts and concerns with us about the future of our library system.

This National Library Week join our libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong. With six branch libraries and two roaming bookmobiles, there’s bound to be a library near you! Or, visit the library’s website at for more information on our programs and services.

Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson