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It Takes A Village: Small Town Connections Help Programs

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:51 pm

There are many respects in which the Coronado Public Library is a community partnership. Supported by the City, but typically representing only about five percent of expenditure, the library relies for many things, including its programs, on direct community support.

Led by the Friends of the Coronado Library and several generous individual donors, the local business community is also seeing the benefit the library brings. The library has fairly unique reach across the community, boasting over 4,000 current and active library card users out of a population of less than 25,000; plus many more who use the library as a co-working space or to attend programs. Programs like summer reading and the Summer Festival, in its 20th year, attract literally thousands of participants from both on and off the island.

In addition to its own programs, the library is also the meeting place of many Coronado not-for-profit groups. There are several fruitful partnerships, for instance the library’s Demystifying Design workshop this summer is being provided in conjunction with the Coronado Floral Association. It is hard to think of the library without thinking about community and resource sharing. It’s no wonder so many residents feel protective and a sense of ownership over our unique library with its educational, entertainment, and cultural offerings.

Community-minded businesses are also playing their part. When the library recently launched its Summer Festival with a band, paid for by the Friends, there was also an ice cream social thanks to Nado Gelato. A wine lecture series taking place this summer is being followed by free wine tasting courtesy of Wine a Bit. Teens who complete the reading program will enter a prize draw to win a bicycle provided by Holland’s Bicycle Shop. The Hotel del Coronado is providing a brunch and retailers like Which Wich, Coldstone Creamery, and Cafe 1134 are stepping up to provide further incentives for completing reading goals.

It takes a village.

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