Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Celebrate National Friends of the Library month in October by getting to know your library

Fall into the library. Of all the seasons, fall is my favorite. Temperatures cool; there's a snap in the air. A new school year always meant new beginnings.

It reminds me of an adage that often circulates in our preschools, kindergartens and elementary schools. It is simple enough – caring is sharing, and sharing is caring. The saying helps children learn how to share, take care of each other, get along, and remember to have empathy. It's a simple message – be a good friend.

October is National Friends of the Library month

Let's take elementary school wisdom and be a friend to your local library. How? Come and visit! We love to see familiar faces. We love to see new faces, too. It's great for us to see someone who hasn't been to the library step inside. Things look different. Come check us out! Find out what's new in our collection, see what programs the library has scheduled, find an old movie you've wanted to re-watch. Have an informal meeting. Stop in to read the newspaper or browse the books.

We have a lot going on within the four walls of the Jefferson County Library (JCLD). Can't make it to the library? Visit our website. It's full of information and great resources! Did you know you can watch Curiosity Stream from the comfort of your room? Curiosity Stream is a streaming service you can access with your library card; it allows you to watch shows, documentaries, and videos for free. It is a great way to learn new things, learn about history and science and archaeology.

We have genealogy resources, too, including the database. Because of licensing, you need to use in the library; we also have HeritageQuest, which you can access from home.

There are resources to help you prepare to find a job on our website, including our JobNow database. Get tips for updating your resume or acing an interview. Need to fix the car? The library's website carries Chilton's manuals. Take a few minutes and look through our website at

What else do friends do? They help each other improve. Is there a book you'd like us to order? Services you'd like to be able to access through the library. We don't know if you don't tell us.

Another way you can show that you are a friend of the library – tell other people about us. September was "Sign up for a Library Card month," but we aren't that formal. Did you miss getting a card last month? Stop by this month. Library cards are free for residents inside the district, with proof of residency.

The Jefferson County Library – all are welcome, and information is free

Our goal is to help you discover new talents (educate), learn about new subjects and places (explore), and engage with the community. If we entertain you as well – great!

Speaking about community engagement, I'd like to remind you about our I AM A STORY project. We want to hear your stories! We're excited about gathering the true stories of those who live here in Jefferson County. We are interested in hearing about the history we've had and the future that we will have. Head to our website at, click on the I AM A STORY project, and share your story.

Are you interested in volunteering? We have a variety of ways to get more involved with the library. Join the Friends of the Jefferson County Library. This nonprofit organization supports the library in many ways with fundraisers, supporting library programs, running Twice Read Books (when operational), and book sales. Are films your interest? Films at the library will start up again soon – why not join the Film Committee? Enjoy book clubs? Be part of the Community Read committee.

JCLD Board of Trustees vacancy

Board has a vacancy for a position up for election in the spring of 2022. Send us a letter of interest before the close of business on Oct. 8. We are doing exciting things as we move forward. The next board project is to update our strategic plan and then continue expanding the library. Address your letter to Karen Esvelt and mail or drop it at the library, 241 SE Seventh St., or send it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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