RANCHO SANTA FE — The new patio area of the RSF Library was framed with balloons and supporters who wanted to be part of its new-tiered front patio dedication.
The after-hours soiree was punctuated with “Music on the Patio” from saxophonist Adrienne Nims, words by the director of the San Diego County Library, Jose Aponte, and savories.
Propped upon one of the outdoor tables was a plaque for all to see. The upcoming installation of this plaque in the patio area reads: Nan and Charles Werner Memorial Garden.
Art Yayanos, the president of The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild welcomed guests and introduced Aponte. He went on to say how the library is indebted to him for all that he does.
Aponte described the patio addition as significant to the library.
“It’s very important that we build a sense of place that welcomes the world of the mind, ideas, creativity, and civics,” he said, adding how the lessons of civics and engagement are with neighbors. “And that’s what this patio represents. Ultimately that world of ideas and of engagement that is open to us every single time we walk into a library.”
Aponte shared with the crowd that this was his 40th year as a librarian. And 20 of those years he has served as a director. His mother was a librarian in Albany, New York.
“So I’ve walk up the steps to a library a lot of years,” he said.
For Aponte, a library is a destination where people can gather with ideas without a price tag.
During the talk, Aponte reminisced about when he was choosing a college to attend and ultimately graduated from Bard. When he asked his mother where to start in picking one, she had a crystal clear answer for him.
She said, “Joe, check out the library. When you get to the campus, you get in there and you look at the library because it’s the heart and mind of your community.”
Aponte commended The Guild and the library for doing an extraordinary job.
He went on to say that books, the idea of expression, and freedom of ideas is a sacred business.
And the patio addition with Wi-Fi, he stated, was beautiful and knows folks will use it in their studies and enjoy it in their own world of ideas.
“Thank you Art and to the guild members for your dedication, to the focus on this idea of altruism, giving beyond ourselves back to the community,” he said.