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Tahoe-Truckee Lib Loop: Proposed library cuts would have major impacts

Anne Greenwood
Lib Loop
A look at Incline Village Library, located at 845 Alder Ave.
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The President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in his 2018 budget would effectively cut federal funding for libraries of all kinds.

The $231 million budget provides money to the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Libraries leverage the tiny amount of federal funds they receive through their states into an incredible range of services for virtually all Americans everywhere.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funded through IMLS is the primary annual source of funding for libraries in the federal budget.

IMLS distributes the majority of LSTA funds to every state in the nation according to a population-based formula. Each state library determines how to best spend its allocated federal funds, which must be matched at the state level.

The range of services provided to millions of Americans through LSTA grants is matched only by the creativity of the libraries that receive them: veterans transitioning to civilian life, literacy programs for ELL, summer reading programs for children, resources for blind and hearing-impaired patrons, resume writing and job skills workshops, and computer classes of all types.

America’s more-than 120,000 public, school, college and university and many other libraries are not piles of archived books. They’re trusted centers for education, employment, entrepreneurship and free inquiry at the core of communities in every state in the country and they’re staffed by the original search engines: skilled and engaged librarians.

Incline Village Library

April 3, 5:30 p.m. Edible Book Festival. Join us as we celebrate the book via culinary creations.

April 4, 4 p.m. Hour of Code. Come practice your coding skills!

April 5, 4 p.m. Easter Story Time. Stories, Crafts, Easter Egg Hunt, and the Easter Bunny.

April 5, :30 p.m. Kids Art Opening featuring art by children from Lake Tahoe School.

Kings Beach Library

April 4, 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Storytime. Join us as we explore a Spring Babies theme. Books, rhymes, songs and a craft.

Peep-o-Rama is back! Make a diorama depicting a book using marshmallow Peeps as your characters. Drop it off at the library anytime before April. 15. Prizes for kids and adult entries!

Also, check out our great collection of high altitude gardening, baking, and natural history guides.

Sierra Nevada College

March 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Annual Poetry Center Celebration at Prim Library. Three poets – Cedar Sigo, Lara Mimosa Montez, Lauren Levin.

Anne Greenwood is Branch Manager at the Kings Beach Library.