To our Picture Book Summit Friends,
We are the only public library serving the capital of San Juan. Adults and children from other cities island wide also depend on San Juan Community Library. Our mission is to promote enthusiasm for reading, research, and cultural enrichment.
We have a hard copy lending collection of 30,000 bilingual titles and a virtual lending collection of 4,500 eBooks and audiobooks along with over 53,000 virtual titles from The Project Gutenberg (books in the public domain). We offer classes, meeting spaces, free access to computers, complimentary WiFi, and other vital library services. Our online branch is an important component of our summer reading program. This program has for many years now successfully motivated our children to read during the summer months.
While we and our island recover from Hurricane Maria, we are grateful to be experiencing an upswing in usage. Libraries are among the most important organizations for sustaining a democratic and educated society. The public library is truly an instrument for positive transformation.
In fact, we are very pleased to share that during 2017, the year of Hurricane Maria, when we did not electricity for five months(!) we circulated over 1/3 of our bilingual collection of 31,000 titles. Who said libraries are dinosaurs?! How could the only lending library open to the public in San Juan be a dinosaur? How could the only lending library in Puerto Rico be extinct? Our children and young adult collections are the most circulated genres in our library. The donation from Picture Book Summit will help us to continue serving the children and adults whom rely on our public library.
We know the difference that we make in the lives in our community. It makes our days worthwhile when we’re told that we have been a life saver.
And, now, you are a lifesaver to us. Thank you so much! We are eternally grateful.