Rivkah K. Sass
Sacramento Public Library, Library Director/CEO
Rivkah Sass was nominated to be Dr. Pan's Unsung Hero because she in her time as executive director of the Sacramento Public Libraries, she has already elevated our public libraries and made them at the heart of our community by meeting the needs of our diverse population.This summer, the Sacramento Public Libraries are one of the organizations involved in expanding the Summer Meal Program in Sacramento and 14 libraries are feeding meals to children in the Sacramento area.
Tell us a little about yourself
I have been the Director of the Sacramento Public Library for 9 years and am lucky enough to live in downtown Sacramento near the Capitol. Even luckier - my wonderful daughter and son-in-law live in Colonial Heights so I get to see them a lot. I have two dogs, Cooper, an 80-pound greyhound, and Poesy, a 14-pound dachshund mix. Thanks to them I know every inch of downtown and mid-town Sacramento.
How are you making a difference in your community? What issues are you most passionate about?
I am lucky to have the best job in Sacramento County. As Director of Sacramento Public Library I get to help provide endless opportunities for people of all ages to learn, explore and become lifelong learners. Literacy is the key to unlocking the world and I'm so proud to be part of that key.
What inspires your community efforts? Why is the work important to you?
I really am naive enough to still want to make the world a better place and I KNOW libraries have a role in that.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I'm proud that my daughter is a strong, creative, hard-working woman.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
Jumbled thoughts - I sometimes get so excited about the next idea that I lose the thread of the first one!
What kind of lessons do you think are important to instill in future generations?
Be willing to take risks. Be kind to others. Life is hard and a kind word or a smile can make all the difference to another person.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
I would make sure that no child in our community ever has to suffer hunger or homelessness.
How do you decompress?
I grab my dogs and head outside for a good long walk. After just a block or two I'm in an entirely different place. The bonus? I have perfect blood pressure!