Kings Beach library patrons wait for improvements |

Kings Beach library patrons wait for improvements

Sierra Sun file photoThe Kings Beach Library building is 1,380 square feet, but Placer County determined last year that the library should be 2,300 square feet to keep up with the North Shore town's growth. County funds are unavailable at this point, but the library improvements are tops on the priority list for the library system once funds come available.

KINGS BEACH “-Marian Jordan keeps waiting. More than 20 years after she said local officials promised her a better public library in Kings Beach, little has changed.

The small library is still the original Jordan helped build in 1988, when she and a committee raised nearly $50,000 to construct the facility.

According to Jordan, as soon as it was built, local officials saw the need for more space.

“We built the little library without a single tax dollar,” Jordan said. “When I started it, the county told us we were on our own. We raised all the money for that little library and built it ourselves on the understanding that the county would build the case for a new one at the 10-year point.”

That time passed, and so did another decade, and now Jordan is wondering if it ever will happen. And that’s where the good-news, bad-news, comes in. According to Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, improvements to the Kings Beach library are the No. 1 priority in the library system, but little to no funding is available.

“Plus, we still need to find a new spot for a bigger library,” Montgomery said. The current site, she explained, has been labeled a “stream-improvement zone” by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which would not allow a bulkier structure under current zoning regulations.

Due to a combination of County holidays and a mandatory office closure the following branch libraries will be closed from Thursday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 16: Applegate, Bookmobile, Colfax, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Kings Beach, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Tahoe City.

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