Letter from the Library Director:

An Attitude of Gratitude @ Your Library

The Christian writer G. K. Chesterton, had the right idea when he said we need to get in the habit of “taking things with gratitude and not taking things for granted.” Gratitude puts everything in a fresh perspective; it enables us to see the many blessings around us. And the more ways we find to give thanks, the more things we find for which to be grateful. For me, Thanksgiving is not just about family, shopping, and eating; it’s the time I can catch up with my friends. Each Thanksgiving, I’m incredibly grateful for the enduring friendships I have established and enjoy.

In our libraries, we are very thankful for our many Friends and supporters. There are seven Friends of the Library groups in SJCPLS, one affiliated with each of our branch libraries and Bookmobile. They have book sales and bookstores, offering hardback and paperback books, children’s books, music CDs, and videos for sale to accommodate almost every taste. You may also purchase a membership. A Friends membership keeps you in touch with what’s happening at your library, directly supports library services, and enriches our community. A variety of membership levels are available. While shopping for your holiday gifts this season, I encourage you to “shop local” and support our Friends.

As the year winds down, many of you may be looking for organizations to support. GivingTuesday is Nov. 28, and it is a perfect time to consider donating to help SJCPLS continue its important work. A donation to the library helps us enhance the programs and services we offer to our community. With your gift, you can help support STEM classes for children, our Summer Reading program, public programming for all ages, new materials, online resources, and much more. Make your contribution online at www.sjcpls.org/donate.

On behalf of all of us here at SJCPLS, I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System