San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

From the blog

2019-2020 Fiscal Year: SCFOL Volunteer Hour Total

During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, SCFOL Volunteers donated 3406 hours to the San Carlos Branch Library. We thank them for all that they do.

The first half of the year started off with a bang. Fifty-five active SCFOL volunteers donated 2229 hours putting together very successful SCFOL monthly Used Book Sales (SCFOL’s main income source), keeping meeting, membership and financial records, scheduling and setting up monthly art exhibits, representing San Carlos Branch Friends at FSDPL, Community and City-wide functions, and keeping our patrons informed of city-wide library activities via SCFOL Newslettters.

Volunteer enthusiasm and hard work continued during January, February, and the first 2 weeks of March; then the novel Corona-19 virus (aka COVID-19) pandemic brought the world, nation, states, cities, and libraries to a screeching halt. Libraries were closed. All programs ceased. Borrowed materials could not be returned. By late May, drive-by -no-contact pickup of “On-Hold” materials was allowed, but the libraries remained closed. It wouldn’t be until July 6, that borrowed materials could be returned. The Summer Reading Program was virtual, no programs, ordering of materials was to remain on line.

However, even without being onsite at the library for 3 1/2 months, the SCFOL Board and SCFOL Volunteers continued working for the interests of our patrons; they donated 1114 volunteer hours from January 1-June 30, 2020. What we haven’t counted here, are the additional hours our patrons spent, successfully advocating at City Hall, the need to maintain the 2019 Library hours and staffing levels upon reopening the Branches in the post pandemic world. Thank you one and all!

We look forward to the reopening of our Branch Library and beginning anew our monthly book sales, art exhibits, and other SCFOL supported programs. We invite other library patrons will join in the fun.