Santa Clara County Library District: Morgan Hill Library honored with 2021 Community Impact Award
September 23, 2021
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is pleased to announce that the Morgan Hill Library has been nominated for a 2021 Community Impact Award by the local organization, Living Above the Influence (LATI). According to the organizers, the Community Impact Awards honor nonprofits, agencies and individuals in South Santa Clara County who go above and beyond in providing services to youth, families and the community.
“2020 has been a difficult year for all of us with the impact of COVID-19, but the Morgan Hill Library has continued to support our community,” said LATI Founder Dori Ann Prado and President of LATI, Brandy Juarez, in a LATI ad. “During this time, partnerships and collaboration were key to meeting the needs of our community. LATI recognizes the dedication, commitment, ‘pushing beyond’ that the Morgan Hill Library provided during this time.”
During the closure, Morgan Hill Library, along with other SCCLD libraries, provided contactless curbside services, which allowed patrons to put items on hold online and later pick them up at the library. SCCLD has also moved all of its programming online so that customers can continue to enjoy their favorite programs and events safely. SCCLD has added new digital resources to the online library to help clients with many areas, including homework or finding new jobs, while expanding Wi-Fi service to all libraries and bookmobiles. Finally, Morgan Hill and Gilroy Libraries both provided free meals for children 0-18 and their caregivers.
“Over the past 18 months our world has seen so many changes and I commend our team for proving time and time again that they can be flexible, adapt and continue to provide excellent library service to all of our clients. in a creative and innovative way, “said County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. “Even as some normal operations resume, the library is always looking for new opportunities to support our communities.”
The Morgan Hill Library recently expanded with a brand new children’s activity room to meet the needs of the community. The expansion includes new space to accommodate children’s programs while meeting the educational needs of students.
The library will receive the award at the 15th annual Live Above Influence community celebration event in October.
This press release was produced by Santa Clara County Library District. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.