City of San José Presents Proclamation Declaring National Library Week

San José Public Library Celebrates National Library Week April 10-16

Mayor Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Rose Herrera present proclamation to City Librarian Jill BourneSAN JOSE, CALIF. – Today, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Rose Herrera and City Council, presented a proclamation recognizing the week of April 10-16, 2016, as “National Library Week” in the City of San José.

The proclamation highlighted the value San José Public Library system brings to the community it serves.

City Librarian, Jill Bourne, accepted the recognition and thanked the City on behalf of the 23-branch San José Public Library system.

"Our libraries are the gateway to the success of our community," Bourne said. "We celebrate our staff because of their dedication to providing the services and essential guidance local families need to prosper."

Each April, we dedicate an entire week to celebrate the contributions of our award-winning library and librarians. We also take this time to promote the importance of libraries and its variety of services offered to all San Joseans at no cost. It’s a place that ensures access to a vast array of ideas and information which enriches our community.

Some important facts we take pride in are - Over the last year, the library hosted more than 6 million visits and more than 17,000 programs ranging from: coding, citizenship, job and career building, literacy, and business, which attracted more than 300,000 attendees. Our customers checked out nearly 10 million items in more than 20 languages and downloaded more than 500,000 eBooks. Award-winning librarians answered more than 400,000 reference questions in a variety of languages from job seekers, students, parents, entrepreneurs, immigrants, and many others.

The 2016 National Library Week theme is "Libraries Transform." The San José Public Library constantly transforms and adjusts to the needs of a City with over a million people.

About National Library Week

National Library Week is a national observance first sponsored in 1958 and currently sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide, each April.

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of nearly 1,000,536 in the country’s 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership and the recipient of the National Medal of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit

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