San Jose: Raising a toast to Library Director Jill Bourne

From The Mercury News

“The San Jose Library Foundation showed its appreciation for Library Director Jill Bourne with a reception last Friday to celebrate her selection as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year for 2017. And while you might think such a party — especially one held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library — might be a quiet affair, it was anything but.Elected officials and city staff clowned around at a photo booth, munched on cupcakes bearing Bourne’s image and donned stereotypical “librarian glasses” during the party on the library’s eighth floor. The only “Shhh…” heard was when someone ordered a drink with that name. (The best cocktail name of the night was a Bellini called the 398.2. That’s the Dewey Decimal System number for Fairy Tales.)And while the Library Journal issue with her face on the cover was everywhere, Bourne still managed to deflect the praises sung by Mayor Sam Liccardo and City Manager Norberto Dueñas. “As soon as i learned about this honor — it really is huge in my industry — I was in disbelief,” said Bourne, who was wooed last year by the Boston library but decided to stay in San Jose. “The folks that got us this award were my incredible team. And I wanted to have a reception locally to honor the work of our library staff.”During Bourne’s tenure, the library has restored hours, brought patrons back into the fold through fine forgiveness and established new programs like Citizenship Corners and a free summer lunch program for kids.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/13/pizarro-raising-a-toast-to-san-jose-library-director-jill-bourne/

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