Leaders x Libraries: Councilmember David Cohen

A composite of a cutout councilmember David Cohen with the Berryessa branch library's interior behind him.

Leaders x Libraries

We're happy to introduce District 4 Councilmember David Cohen. Since 2020, Councilmember Cohen has represented District 4 neighborhoods located in North San Jose, which include Alviso and Berryessa communities.

We're excited to have him participate in our "Leaders x Libraries" blog series to share what he loves most about libraries and how libraries have shaped his life while growing up.


Get to Know Councilmember Cohen

Q. What is your hometown?
A. McLean, Virginia

Q. Do you have an SJPL Library Card?
A. Yes!

Q. Where did you get your first library card?
A. Fairfax County Public Library system

Q. Which do you prefer, physical books, eBooks, or Audiobooks/eAudiobooks?
A. Physical Books

Q. What is your favorite book?
A. The Hobbit

Q. What are you currently reading or learning?
A. Currently reading about Israel. Recently read a book about water management.

Q. What does the library mean to you, and why do you think libraries are essential to society?
A. Libraries are the town square. They are an essential place for people to gather, learn, read, and relax. It's still important to be able to thumb through books and explore. And it's important for kids to have a place to learn to read and gather with others in the community.

Q. Why is it important for everyone to exercise their right to library?
A. Libraries will continue to be learning hubs for children and youth. They provide a place for people to go after school where they can be safe, study, and spend time with their peers. Libraries are also a great location for families to spend time.



Explore District 4's Branch Libraries

Exterior image of Alviso Branch

Exterior Image of Berryessa Branch

Alviso Branch Library
5050 N. 1st St.
San José, CA 95002

Berryessa Branch Library
3355 Noble Ave.
San José, CA 95132


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