Leaders x Libraries: Councilmember Omar Torres

A composite of a cutout councilmember Torres inside Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch.

Leaders x Libraries

We're happy to introduce District 3 Councilmember Omar Torres. Elected to the San José City Council in 2022, Councilmember Torres represents District 3 neighborhoods which include downtown San Jose, Japantown, Little Portugal, and Naglee Park.

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 Torres

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

Q. Where did you get your first library card?
A. Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library

Q. What is your favorite book?
A. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.

Q. What are you currently reading or learning?
A. 2022-2023 Mid-Year Budget Review

Q. Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?
A. Physical

Q. What does the library mean to you, and why do you think libraries are essential to society?
A. The library centers are a vital resource, especially for underserved neighborhoods. They are a valuable resource for students to access books/scholarly articles, computers, printers, and more.

Q. How did the library shape your life while growing up?
A. Growing up in an underserved community, I spent most of my time in the library. The library kept me off the streets. Access to a library gave me the tools and resources I needed to continue my education. I am where I am now due to access to libraries and the hardworking, dedicated librarians and other support staff.

Favorite Book

Dreams From My Father, book cover

Explore District 3's Branch Libraries

King LibraryDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112

Biblioteca LibraryBiblioteca Latinoamericana
921 S. 1st St.
San José, CA 95110

Front of East Branch LibraryEast San José Carnegie
1102 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95116

Front of Joyce Ellington LibraryJoyce Ellington
491 E. Empire St.
San José, CA 95112

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