When people think of libraries, they usually think of our collections – all the wonderful books, movies, music, and periodicals housed within our walls and on our website. But a library is more than just the sum of its materials; it is also a vital gathering place for the people in the community, and that is where SJCPLS’ fantastic programming comes in!
Programming encompasses all of the great events that draw people to our library buildings and bookmobile stops. Some, like our storytimes, take place every week. Others come in the form of big annual celebrations, like National Library Week in April or Library Card Sign-Up Month in September or our recent St. Johns Reads programs throughout February. Some even take place as part of a seasonal series, like the annual summer reading programs for children, teens and adults, or the popular Book Talk Café and Gerson Yessin music series.
No matter how frequent or infrequent, we find our patrons value our programs for the chance they present to get out of the house and connect with others who share similar interests. At times our programs even allow users to discover an interest they never even knew they had!
Though our programs are a great way to bring people together at the library, we also recognize the reality that many people in the community face obstacles to getting here. That is why SJCPLS has developed a variety of programming that we can take directly to the people. Our Extension Services department bring a series of programs to many of the adult care facilities they visit each month, and our youth services team often brings storytimes and other children’s programming to neighborhoods, preschools, and camps.
The quality and diversity of the programming we offer both inside and outside SJCPLS libraries means there’s something for everyone. Whether you are looking for entertainment or looking to learn something new, visit our calendar of events to find the SJCPLS program for you.
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson