SJCPLS Rings in 2021 with New Hours and Programs

As a new year begins, I think we can all agree that we are definitely ready to turn the page and begin a new chapter in our lives with hope that better days are coming! Although the library is offering programs and services a little differently right now, we are still here to assist you wherever your interests lie. 2020 was a year like no other, but we are thankful for our wonderful patrons and staff!

Despite all the hardships of this past year, our community continues to show its compassion and generosity by repeatedly filling our donation bins. Our annual Food for Fines program and our St. Johns CARES trees were overflowing with contributions throughout the holiday season. I cannot thank you enough for your donations.

As we look ahead to 2021, two items are especially noteworthy. We continue to expand services as we can do so safely for patrons and staff. Effective January 5, 2021, all SJCPLS libraries will expand their public service hours to better accommodate community needs. As always, check out our website for COVID-19 news and resources or contact your local branch library for more details.

Second, the Library System will host its annual One Book, One Community event in January 2021. This year’s St. Johns Reads programming is based upon the title, The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Book discussions and special programming will be held online throughout the month of January. The Main Event will be a virtual conversation with John Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, on Friday, January 29, at 12:00 p.m. The LA Public Library is the basis of Orlean’s book.

Mark your calendars to join us for the second “Lace Up for Libraries” 5K race. Registration is now open and there is an option for a virtual race, so you can still support the library even if you cannot attend in person. Proceeds support future St. Johns Reads programming.

The staff and I wish each of you a very happy and healthy 2021!

Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System