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Message from the President

Well, 2020 is not working out the way we all had hoped. As I write this, we have entered June – the third month of the shut-down. While things are SLOWLY beginning to reopen, and we are cautiously optimistic about the future, we lack a detailed timeline for the future.

We know how much patrons miss coming into the library – they tell us. I miss it too. Whether popping in for a quick review of the latest Express Books offerings, or marveling at the latest art display in the Community Room or browsing the inventory in the book sales area for a new cookbook or other treasure - I miss just being there.

Our branch, while it is the home to a terrific and varied collection of books, it is also in many ways the heart of our community. When it is open, it offers such a variety of materials and programs which cater to almost every age and interest imaginable. Graphic novels? Check! Writers’ workshops? Check! Japanese brush painting classes? Check! Free afternoon movies and popcorn? Check! Mind/body fitness for older adults? Indeed! Toddler Stories and Play? You bet! Baby Signing Storytime? Who knew – but yes! Memory lab to digitize your photos? Idea lab to learn to 3-D print? Bio-lab with experiments and science lectures? All of these things!! And we miss every bit of this!

So we are certainly sad to not be able to be at our library now, but the Friends of the La Jolla Library is committed to supporting our branch through this crazy, all-too-quiet time and long into the future. We eagerly look ahead to the moment when our branch will again be alive with the humming of computers, toddlers squealing over storytime, Legos being dumped out on tables before forming into awesome buildings that previously only existed in the creator’s imagination.

The doors will be open again soon, and we’ll be able to check out books and attend events – maybe socially distanced, but that’s fine. We will remain smart, cautious and excited to see what exists behind the doors and in the pages of our library.

Linda Dowley

President, Friends of the La Jolla Library