About the Lincoln Acres Library
With just 227 acres, the Lincoln Acres community is an unincorporated island bordered on three sides by National City and on the south by Chula Vista. It has a rural, small town feel and a community devoted to the importance of family and education. The Lincoln Acres Library has been a cornerstone of the small community since 1940, when it was first located at the Community Club. The branch has moved to two other locations since then, and in fall 2011 will move to a newly expanded library and recreation facility.
Branch Manager, José Ocadiz, has worked for the Lincoln Acres Library for 10 years, and runs the branch with the help of Lisa Eribez. A small staff provides the opportunity for each staff member to engage with the community and be involved in all library programs and services. "I get to do something that I really love," said Ocadiz. "If there's a need for something in this community, I strive for it, even if it isn't in my job description."
As the smallest library in the San Diego County Library system, the Lincoln Acres Branch is far from dormant. A lively host of local students flock to the library after school to do homework, surf the web, and take part in fun programs such as a teen book club, video game tournaments, and weekly storytimes. The community of Lincoln Acres is over 70% Hispanic, and many library customers look to the library to provide programs in Spanish, as well as opportunities to hone English skills. The library offers personal growth workshops twice a week in Spanish, which provide attendees with a variety of skills and assistance. Topics have included building self-esteem, forgiveness, and overcoming phobias. Weekly Conversation Cafés give non-native English speakers the opportunity to practice their English skills in a relaxed, social environment.
The new Lincoln Acres Library will give customers even greater access to the services provided by the library. With wireless Internet, more public Internet stations, and a park setting with playground and picnic area, the new branch will function as a center of learning, culture, and community.
"We are so excited about our new state-of-the-art library," Ocadiz said. "The new technology will enable us to do exactly what we have been doing, but more efficiently and effectively."
On November 23, 2007, the Lincoln Acres Library lost one of its staff members to an unsolved homicide. Student Worker José Luis Rodriguez was fatally shot in Chula Vista while celebrating his 18th birthday.
More information on Rodriguez, Crimestoppers' reward, and the library scholarship developed in his honor »