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Raising Literacy: A Photographic Survey of Libraries and Literacy in San Joaquin County

The Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, in collaboration with SSJCPL, has secured a Creative Work Fund grant which will enable the creation of a photographic documentary of libraries and literacy efforts in San Joaquin County.


The Creative Work Fund was launched in 1994 by four Bay Area foundations that wanted to contribute to the creation of new art works and support local artists. It is now a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.


Raising Literacy: A Photographic Survey of Libraries and Literacy in San Joaquin County will feature the artistic expertise of photographer Robert Dawson, author of several books including The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (1993) and Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Learn more about Mr. Dawson's work at


Discover & Go

Discover & Go provides SSJCPL card holders with FREE passes or discounted passes to local museums and other cultural institutions. Make reservations online and print passes from home. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date. See more about the program here!


Seed Library

Stockton Blooms: The San Joaquin County Seed Lending Library is a collection of seeds you can “borrow” and plant in your garden.  You can save the seeds those plants produce and return them to the library for others to borrow.  You don’t need a library card to borrow seeds, and we don’t charge overdue fines if you don’t return seeds. The Seed Lending Library lives at the Cesar Chavez Central Library.


We hope that the Seed Lending Library will encourage the community to come together to create gardens, both large and small.  The seeds in the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers. 


Summer Reading Program

This is the longest running reading program offered by Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library.  For well over 50 years we have provided fun activities and educational programming for kids during the summer months.

Every parent knows that reading is important, but during the summer months it is easy to let this valuable skill slip.  However, by having your kids participate in an organized library summer reading program, kids keep up their reading "chops" and are more likely to retain the skills they learned during the school year -- even excelling into the next grade level.  Learn more about the current year's Summer Reading Program.


One Book, One San Joaquin

The Library is pleased to present an annual reading program that has the goal of building literacy in San Joaquin County. This program invites community residents to read one book, together, at the same time and then participate in discussions and programs based on that book. Check out the current year's OBOSJ Program.