Jane R. Stern (January 1, 1918 - July 29, 2009)
"There is no end to what a community library can do;
for it is beholden to no outside entity except the community it serves."
Jane R. Stern was the beloved wife of Henry Stern; loving mother of Jeff, Marilyn and Robin; and adored grandmother of Leigh Ann, Christopher and Lena; and was long time resident of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Jane was a member of the League of Women Voters, and as leader she advanced the rights of women. She lived in upstate New York, in both New York City and Harrison, before moving to Puerto Rico in 1963. She drew on her energy and vision when she co-founded the League of Women Voters in Puerto Rico.
Jane loved life passionately. She expressed it very visibly by devoting time and attention to her family and friends. She had many dreams, especially directed towards the two of Dorado and the future of children in the community. In February 1974 she founded the first bilingual community library in Puerto Rico. " The Dorado Community Library," which partnered with the Rotary Club of San Juan to create five additional community libraries.
In 1988, Jane was awarded the prize for " Excelencia por Vida Ejemplar" by "Imagen" magazine. She was a community leader whose work not only left traces in the communities of dorado but in the hearts of her family and people who know about her work. As we remember our beloved founder we appreciate the example she gave us throughout her life. The beautiful works she inspired for the development of the community and the inspiration she let will continue. She will forever remain in our memories and hearts.