CONGRATULATIONS to the Rancho Santa Fe Library & Guild!

rancho santa fe library guildOne of the best things about Rancho Santa Fe, other than its idyllic beauty and historic roots, is its strong sense of community, and the power of that community to benefit everyone.  One of the best examples of this is the Rancho Santa Fe Library and Guild, which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014!!

 

My kids went to Rancho Santa Fe School, and both of them virtually lived at the Rancho Santa Fe Library for years, so that place is near and dear to my heart!  Fueled entirely by the passion of Rancho Santa Fe residents, the library was built to serve the “3,000 highly literate people” in the community in 1964; the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild was founded at the same time, to help fill the gaps in funding that the county could not provide.  When the Guild looked for a more permanent spot for the Library, Roger Rowe, the much-loved superintendent of Rancho Santa Fe School District (and now the school’s namesake), sold them the current library site, directly adjacent to the school, for $1.  He said having it so close would be “an excellent opportunity for increased library usage by the school children.”   What we now know as the Rancho Santa Fe Library was completed on that site in 1968.

 

Throughout the last 50 years, the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild has raised money to provide the incredible services and programs the Library offers, far above and beyond what the County alone can fund.  The Guild still pays the salaries of the staff in the Children’s Library (where my kids pretty much lived for years!), and it has purchased much of the Library’s collection.

 

From all of us here at the Katie Hawkes Group and in Rancho Santa Fe, we want to say THANK YOU to the Library and Guild for all your hard work, and CONGRATULATIONS on 50 wonderful years of service to the community!  We look forward to many more!!

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