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The latest from the San Diego Public Library Foundation

April 3

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced San Diego Public Libraries will remain closed indefinitely based on CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer recommendations. Due dates on checked out materials have been extended to May 22. Library staff report a huge surge in use of e-resources and e-books. To help meet that demand, the Library Foundation recently sent the Library $20,000 for additional e-book titles. Thank you to Library Foundation donors for making that donation possible. Visit the  eLibrary to browse these valuable resources.

 

March 22

The Library Foundation helped Library Director Misty Jones produce an update highlighting top online resources in the  eLibrary, including Rosetta Stone, daily editions of top newspapers, instructor-led online courses, and health and wellness resources. Read that message here.

These resources require users to enter their Library card number.  San Diegans without a Library card can apply for a card here and use a temporary card number and password to login and access the eLibrary.

In recognition that many in the community do not have ready access to computers or the Internet, Library Foundation partners Computers 2 Kids, San Diego and Cox Communications have stepped up to help. Computers 2 Kids, San Diego (C2K) is dedicated to broadening access to computers and technology for all San Diego children and their families, regardless of their economic status. For those who qualify, C2K provides a desktop computer for $80 and laptops for $100 (Read more / Apply).   To help K-12 students without internet at home, Cox is offering 60 days of free internet for new participants of its Connect2Compete program. Cox is also offering a lower cost internet tier with no annual contract for those in need such as seniors and college students, and is relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers (Read more).

Online resources like these are largely supported by private support. And, the Library Foundation, Friends of the Library and the Library Commission are advocating for more public investments in these valuable resources through the LibrariesTransformSD coalition.

You can support online Library resources here.

 

March 18

Thank you to all our supporters who continue to donate to the Library and Library Foundation during this especially important time. We are continuing to process donations to support important online Library resources and will contact you with an email acknowledgement shortly after your donation. We will send an acknowledgement letter as soon as we are able. Thank you.

Library Foundation CEO Patrick Stewart

March 17

Dear Library supporter,

As you may have heard, all 36 City of San Diego Libraries are closed to the public through Monday, April 6, 2020 and all programs and events systemwide have been postponed or canceled.

The Library Foundation is committed to supporting a literate and healthy community. We hope you’re staying healthy and taking steps to protect your family. We are supporting the steps the City and Library have taken to keep our citizens, patrons, and neighborhoods safe. Here at the Library Foundation, we are primarily working from home but are available to answer questions. Please email to office@supportmylibrary.org or call 619-238-6695 if we can help.

These closures magnify the Library’s impact in our communities. And while the Library system is physically closed, digital resources are available to the community. By visiting the eLibrary you can:

I will continue to update you as new information becomes available. In the coming days, we also will be providing other ways you can take advantage of online Library resources.

With gratitude,

Patrick Stewart
CEO, San Diego Public Library Foundation