Letter from the Library Director:

Celebrate Women @ Your Library

March is Women’s History Month – a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. The celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to US history organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week. The observance has been acknowledged annually in March in the United States since 1987.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly Women’s History Month theme. For 2023, we are “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more.” We honor women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth, and reflecting society decade after decade. Our storytelling sisters in the media are essential in making history visible for themselves and their foremothers.

Women’s history is a veritable treasure trove of unknown stories. What is history other than our collective stories? Your local library is a great place to learn more about extraordinary women! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Read books by women from all walks of life – search our dedicated booklist or ask your local librarian for suggestions!
  • Can’t make it to the library? Search our e-resources and read on your personal devices.
  • Get inspired by a leading feminist scholar and activist.
  • Thank the amazing women in your life for all they do.
  • Listen to more women in your music and/or podcast playlists.
  • Think about whether there’s a better way to support women through the media you consume or the products you buy
  • Consider supporting a particular nonprofit or advocacy group with your time or donations.
  • Attend a Women’s History program or book discussion at your local library this month – check our online Calendar of Events for programming near you.

With six library locations throughout St. Johns County and two bookmobiles, there are plenty of opportunities for you to stop in and check us out.

Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System