THE JANE STERN DORADO COMMUNITY LIBRARY, DORADO CENTER
Begun as a single lending library by community activist Jane Stern in 1974, the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library quickly evolved into bilingual center for language, literacy and after-school programs as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. The municipal government of Dorado provided space for several expansions over the years, and in 2001 the Ángel Ramos Foundation recognized the library’s contributions with the prestigious Tina Hills Community Service Prize. In 2008, the library won special national recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as one of five libraries selected nationally to receive a medal presented by First Lady Laura Bush.
The main library occupies 8,125 sq. ft. in Dorado’s Luis Muñoz Marin municipal government building, and has become a center of learning unique in Puerto Rico for the breadth and depth of services provided in its meeting rooms, play areas and computer labs.
As the library’s mission has evolved in the digital age, the major goals of its community outreach to underserved populations are to provide programs that support learning and supplement and enrich the education of public school students; to provide computer training to Puerto Rico citizens from children to seniors through courses ranging from basic use to an advanced IT curriculum; and to provide access to computers and the internet through our computer labs, laptops and reliable Wi-Fi.
ALL ABOUT OUR BOOKS & DIGITAL RESOURCES
Borrow, exchange, or pick up free books at the Jane Stern Community Library in Dorado! The library offers traditional print materials in all genres of fiction, nonfiction and reference materials in Spanish and English for children, teens and adults.
Reference: Our reference section contains encyclopedias and reference materials in Spanish and English, weighted toward Spanish-language material for students. Our children’s area contains its own reference section as well as non-fiction books on all subjects. The library’s circulation desk staff is available to help visitors make the best use of all the library’s resources. Our digital collections include 123 years of the iconic National Geographic magazine on CD.
Puerto Rico Collection: JSDCL has an extensive collection of books about Puerto Rico or by Puerto Rican authors. Copies of fiction and non-fiction that can be checked out are found on the Puerto Rico Collection shelf in the Reference area. Others are kept as reference on the shelves behind the front counter. Just ask!
Put and Take Shelves: These shelves make up an informal book exchange service for mass paperback fiction. Sign out (“Take”) up to four books and bring (“Put”) up to four books in exchange. There is no time limit on how long you keep the books you take.
Free Books: Books in reasonable condition that we are retiring from the Library are placed on the bookshelves in the Library lobby for anyone to take. Check it out; you might be surprised!
LIBRARY RESOURCES ON LINE
DESTINY LIBRARY MANAGER provides centralized access to enriched, educator-reviewed digital content and tools that help librarians, staff and students locate and share resources with ease. Library users access and search our library’s Catalog from the library or from home on our Destiny interface. Destiny Quest: is a graphically appealing library search interface with a member login feature especially designed for students from grades K to 12. Members can access Destiny Quest from home, search for books on a particular topic, find a game, or create an account and communicate and exchange information with their friends.
BRITANNICA ONLINE access is provided in the library and to members from anywhere. It is an all-in-one collection featuring multiple resources in one location: primary source articles, full text e-books; atlas and geography resources and maps, news, biographies, timelines and more. Choose Spanish or English and a level: Children, Young Adults or Reference Center. Use the one-click dictionary and translation services within articles. Or choose the all-Spanish Britannica Enciclopedia Moderna.
The main library in Dorado provides a variety of activities and courses for all ages in the school year months of August through May, with summer activities for children in June and July and a two-week break for the holidays of December and January. During the year classes are scheduled depending on interest, sponsors, space, and availability of qualified instructors and/or volunteers. Library membership ($1:00 annually for students; $10:00 for adults) is required in order to register for a program.
Student Volunteer Program
Student commitment to specific after-school hours on a pre-determined schedule provides valuable help to the library as well as an important job experience for the students while they satisfy their required community service hours. They help others in the computer labs, tutor in the afterschool Math sessions or in Mano por Hermanos peer to peer tutoring program. They shelve books and handle other library tasks, serve as Lego program assistants or Summer workshop helpers during the summer. Requirements:
An endorsement from a teacher, guidance counselor or parent/caregiver.
The means to get to the library and get home. JSDCL cannot provide transportation.
Manos por Hermanos (Students helping Students)
Children from elementary grades through high school may register to be matched with another student child or teen for peer to peer help with homework in any subject. Good students in a chosen subject may register to be matched with another student who needs help.
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Beginning in 2014, the library established six small community satellites using spaces in elementary schools in rural pockets of Dorado, Vega Alta and Vega Baja. These libraries open from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and echo the main library’s goals with classes for adults, teens and children, early education play areas with books and toys, computers and connection via reliable internet to Jane Stern Dorado’s digital resources. Before María, the Jane Stern Library system recorded an astonishing 53,234 visits (FY 2016-17). After the double blows of María and school closings, we are working to bring all our communities back! We hope you will join us in working toward an ever brighter future!
The JSCL satellite libraries echo JSDCL goals with programs for adults and children, early education play areas, children’s areas with books and toys, computers and connection via reliable internet to JSDCL’s digital resources.
Escuela Elemental Luisa Valderrama Martínez, Higuillar, Dorado
Escuela Elemental Cristobal Santana Melecio, Río Lajas, Dorado
Escuela Elemental Elisa Dávila Vásquez, Espinosa, Vega Alta
Escuela Rafael Hernández Marín, Urb. Summit Hills, Vega Baja
Escuela Elemental José Robles Otero, Sabana Seca, Toa Baja
Escuela Intermedia Ricardo Arroyo Laracuente, Dorado Centro
331 Calle Méndez Vigo, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
TEL: 787-796-3675 |
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday:
9:00am to 6:00pm
9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00am to 4:00pm
Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Summer workshops for children ages 7 to 12 are scheduled in June and July from 8:00am to 3:00pm. One computer lab and circulation remain open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm during this “Talleres de Verano” schedule and is closed on Saturdays. Under regular circumstances, the Library is closed to the public the last two weeks of July.