Library backers seek support for expansion |

Library backers seek support for expansion

Jenny Goldsmith/Sierra SunJherico Earl, 12, flips through a book on the floor of the Truckee Library due to lack of table space. Friends of the Truckee Library are seeking support for an expansion.

Nineteen-hundred bookworms flock to the Truckee library every week, making the Nevada County branch library one of the most heavily patronized in the area.

Yet, despite an expansion as recent as 2003, the Friends of the Truckee Library believe the facility’s space is still inadequate.

“We need a new library,” said, Jois Child, president of the Friends of the Truckee Library, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the local branch. “It has been a topic of discussion over the years.”

On Tuesday, the library support group will host a workshop for residents who support the library’s expansion.

The 2003 renovation consisted of the addition of a new a children’s wing, allowing staff to offer six story times, more books and summer and winter reading programs, Child said.

“It’s been wonderful to do the programming we wouldn’t have been able to do before,” she said.

Nonetheless, she said the limited space continues to limit the facility’s potential.

According to Child, standard library planning suggests that a town the size of Truckee requires at least 23,000 square feet for a branch library. Even after the 2003 facelift, the Truckee library encompasses 5,000 square feet.

“The bookshelves are crammed, there are only four public Internet access terminals, and there are no staff work spaces,” Child said. Friends of the Truckee Library will host a “facilitated visioning workshop” on Tuesday evening for residents interested in a new library.

“We want to gather the essential qualities that are important to the community,” Child said. “We don’t have a particular plan; we’re just trying to get support.”

According to Teri Rinne, the Truckee children’s center librarian, funding for the 2003 renovation came from Nevada County.

Friends of the Truckee Library has already committed $10,000 to the anticipated expansion, but Child said she is unsure where the rest of the money will come from.

“It’s going to come from wherever it is in the universe, and I have no idea where that is,” Child said.

The nonprofit group has considered several options for the new facility, including partnering with Sierra College to build a library on the school’s new Truckee campus, expanding the current building, or simply “finding some land and building something,” Child said.

Despite the organization’s monetary shortcomings, Child said she remains hopeful.

“There’s always been a committed group of people who want a community library in Truckee,” she said.

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