About the Poway Library
Poway is known as the "City in the Country," due to its beautiful parks, hiking trails, and natural surroundings. The Poway Branch Library is at the center of this city, and serves a broad and diverse customer base. The library offers numerous and varied programs for children, teens, and adults. Between bilingual storytimes, Spanish computer classes, Farsi programs, and Indian dance performances, the Poway Library reaches out to all members of the Poway community. The library collection reflects the diverse community, with materials available in Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, and many other languages.
The Poway library circulated 638,494 items last year, making it the fifth busiest library in the San Diego County Library system. The most popular materials are children's books, with DVDs following close behind being checked out by the stack on the library's new radio frequency check-out machines. With a Teen Specialist on staff, the Poway Library has a flourishing Service Learner program that invites teens to earn volunteer and school credit by donating their time at the library. Over 400 teens have been involved in the program, with dozens more signing up each month.
The Friends of the Poway Library donate the latest and greatest titles in print and on DVD, while also running a busy used-book store and supporting library programs by funding performances, refreshments at events, Summer Reading Club prizes, and much more. The Poway library is also a Reference Resource Center, with the librarians answering some of the county's toughest reference questions. Librarian Fred Rosen has worked at the Poway library for two years and is "always impressed by our dedicated, super-hardworking staff who help our customers everyday use library resources to enhance their lives."