New County Librarian Brings Passion for Books

Jonathan Hunt is new to the San Diego County Office of Education but is no stranger to working with books or students.

The new county librarian has worked both in the classroom and in school libraries over the past 17 years. Now, in his new role, he will help smaller districts throughout the county that don’t have librarians, consult with school officials, and help select books for schools across the county.

“The typical day is that there is no typical day,” he joked.

When he’s not working, he’s reading. Hunt estimates that he reads about 200 children’s books each year. He reviews them for Horn Book Magazine and School Library Journal. He also presents professional development seminars for the Bureau of Education and Research, teaches online classes at San Jose State University, and is a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

“What I do with the side projects really helps me be a better librarian for the districts,” he said.

Hunt has spent most of his life in the Bay Area and Central Valley, but said he’s no stranger to San Diego County because he has family here and has visited in the past for conferences.

From a very young age, Hunt said he was interested in books.

“Some of my fondest memories had to do with my teachers reading aloud to me,” he said.

He started as a teacher in the Bay Area 17 years ago and became an elementary school librarian in Modesto in 2005. He came to SDCOE last month.

He said he’s excited to have the opportunity to influence an even larger number of students as county librarian.

SDCOE’s Library Media Services also includes online services such as the Digital Content Portal, a virtual library of subscription resources that includes videos, databases, and eBooks.