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Dear reader,

Who will ever forget the year 2020? It’s been a tremendously challenging yet innovative time at the Jefferson County Library. Early in the COVID-19 lockdown, the library staff and Board of Trustees made the decision that library services are, indeed, essential. And so, thanks to your continued support, we’ve continued to operate with curbside pickup options at the library and on the Bookmobile, online programs for all ages, laptop checkout, and 24/7 WiFi in our parking lot. Even while our doors were still closed to public entry, nearly 20,000 library items circulated around our county during the month of October!

But—we could not do it without you. Your past support has allowed the Jefferson County Library to continue to expand its services and its collections. We continue to do so, most recently with StoryWalks®, youth-friendly books installed in public spaces that can be enjoyed outdoors while safely distanced. StoryWalks® can now be found at H.J. Carroll Park, and on the library grounds in Port Hadlock, and soon, in Brinnon.

As this memorable year draws to a close, we hope you will consider a year-end gift to help us continue our work in these unpredictable times—changing lives through lifelong learning opportunities and resources, offering professional information services, and offering socially-distanced cultural programs to everyone in Jefferson County. This year, we are inviting you to join us in the Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual gala now through the end of December.

Participating is as easy as checking out a book or two. Tell a library staff member you want to attend the Ball, and you’re in! We’ll supply the tea or cocoa when you pick up your reading material—all you have to do is go home, read your book, sip a warm drink, and donate what you might have spent at an in-person gala event to the library. If you’d like, you can share how you’re participating and what you’ve read on the library’s Facebook page.

Our goal this year is $20,000. Admittedly, that’s ambitious. But your past support gives us every confidence that we’ll reach that mark again this year. You may donate online at:

Thank you again for your continued generous support and for placing your confidence in the Jefferson County Library. Together, we can assure a brighter tomorrow!


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Dr. Tamara R. Meredith