City Council live — Library comments

Here’s today’s story on the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library. At least 30 people at the City Council meeting tonight in support of the library system and here’s what some had to say:

Ahmed Salim: “Please do not proceed with any recruitment process (for library leadership) until we have a chance to discuss the future of the library. Right now our library needs a leader … to accept the challenge of restoring our library.”

Shari Garibaldi: “We’re very concerned about the library. The library is a very important service for this community.” For building literacy, she said, “One doesn’t become a proficient reader without having books at their disposal.”

Colleen Foster: “The library is an important community service for early literacy, continuous literacy, business, lifelong literacy and just for fun. The library needs to be strengthened. … Vacancies make this an opportunity … so we can recruit a strong leader to take the library into the future. We need a strong library led by a department head to lead the library into a bright post-bankruptcy future.”

Bill Maxwell: “We’re at bedrock. From this point we can start to build.”

Sherman Spencer: “I’m simply appalled at what’s happened to the collection in the last four years. Some collections have been gutted. The music history section, for example, has one book on Bach. We used to have eight or 10. When we get a new library director, I hope it’s someone who likes books.”

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