From left, Dr. James Olliver, provost, St. Pete College Seminole Campus; Dr. William D. Law, Jr., president, SPC; Mayor Leslie Waters; Dottie Reeder, past mayor of Seminole; and Dennis L. Jones, past Florida Senator pose behind a bench dedicated to the Seminole Community Library by the Friends of the Seminole Library.
SEMINOLE – St. Petersburg College and the City of Seminole commemorated 10 years of joint-use library services on Aug. 22.
Many local leaders were on hand for the ceremony, including Mayor Leslie Waters; Dr. William D. Law, Jr., president, SPC; Dennis L. Jones, past Florida Senator; Dr. James Olliver, provost, SPC Seminole Campus; and Dottie Reeder, past mayor of Seminole. Also in attendance were Michael Bryan, library director; Jean Cowan, president, Friends of the Seminole Library and Joseph Leopold; director of Learning Resources at SPC.
Utilizing funding from the city, the college and the state, the Dennis L. Jones Seminole Community Library at SPC, 9200 113th St., opened on Aug. 10, 2003.
At the time, there weren’t many models of library partnerships to base the library on, so SPC and the city held extensive public workshops. Today, the Seminole Community Library is considered a trailblazer and looked at as a model not just throughout the country, but internationally.
“Today, nobody would think of building a college library without consulting the city,” Law said.
Waters lauded the library for taking on many roles in the community: classroom, office, den, newsstand, community gathering place.