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Libraries Lead the Way - celebrating the impact of your support on Dec 16

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Our event is Thursday, December 16 at 5 p.m.

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If you are unable to join us on December 16, you can find a video recording of the webinar following the event on our Youtube channel.


I hope you'll join us as we close out the year with a virtual celebration of how our Libraries Lead the Way on Thursday, December 16 from 5 to 6:15 pm.

Learn about the impact your Library Foundation support had this year and about our exciting plans for the coming year to continue uplifting our communities through the Library.

It also wouldn't be a proper celebration without your celebratory drink of choice. Please feel free to enjoy one while we celebrate! 🥂

- Welcome and Introductions by City Librarian Misty Jones and Library Foundation CEO Patrick Stewart.

- Moderated panel discussion with San Diego Public Library leaders Emily Derry, Bonnie Domingos, and Valerie Hardie on the impact of your support in early literacy, civic engagement, and lifelong learning.

- Closing remarks by Patrick Stewart and Library Foundation Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer Natalie Ganz

About the Speakers

Emily Derry is the Youth and Engagement Coordinator at the San Diego Public Library and has been working with youth in libraries for 12 years. Her passion is providing educational and quality afterschool and summertime opportunities for children. She currently leads several citywide literacy programs including 1000 Books before Kindergarten and the Summer Reading Program.

Bonnie Domingos is an arts advocate and facilitator of the San Diego Public Library’s visual arts program. She directs the development, programming, and operations of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common's Art Gallery and 16 branch locations. Bonnie has 15 years of experience working for museums, libraries, art agencies, and non-profit institutions. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts & Technology from CSUSM, and her M.A. in Library Information & Science from San Jose State University. She currently serves as art commissioner for the City of Oceanside. Her art interests include culturally relevant works that combine non-traditional materials with traditional practices.

Valerie Hardie serves as director of the San Diego Public Library’s innovative literacy program, READ/San Diego, nationally recognized by both the American Library Association and the U.S. Department of Education. Val has worked in many aspects of the literacy program since its inception in 1988 and was appointed Literacy Program Administrator in 2005. Val brings extensive knowledge of literacy program management, partnership development, and volunteer engagement.

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