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Nevada County libraries to trim hours

Sun Staff Report

TRUCKEE ” The Nevada County library in Truckee will reduce hours starting Dec. 1 to save money, County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg said Tuesday.

To some users, it’s understandable.

“I love the library and the librarians who work here this is a wonderful place,” Joanie Engel, an avid reader who said who has used the library as a resource to home school her children. “I think we were spoiled. I understand everything from General Motors to the Truckee Library has to cut back.”

Ashley Banovich, who was at the library Wednesday with her 4-year-old daughter, Josie, was disappointed to find out the library was cutting back on it’s hours. Banovich said she spends a lot of time at the library with her children. “She loves to come here,” Banovich said. “It saves me a lot of money. She loves recycling the books.”

Other libraries in Tahoe City and Kings Beach are not seeing their hours change.

The cutbacks reflect the economic downturn: As people spend less money, county sales tax revenues also have declined.

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The library depends upon a dedicated 1/8th of a cent countywide sales tax for approximately 70 percent of its operating budget. Cuts in hours at the Madelyn Helling, Grass Valley Royce Branch and Truckee libraries are a “short term” solution to that decline, Trygg said.

The dedicated tax was approved by voters in 1998 to provide sustained library services in the four branch libraries at the time and was overwhelmingly renewed for 15 years in 2003.

“For 10 years, our sales tax revenue has been a boon to library users,” Trygg said.

“Our aim is to provide the highest level of library service possible at a time when so many of us are suffering financially. Libraries in the United States are traditionally used more by the community when times are tight so it is difficult to contemplate reductions at this time.”

Library usage patterns have been studied so that new hours reflect the times most often used by library patrons. No changes in hours were made at the Penn Valley Station, Bear River Station or Doris Foley Library for Historical Research.

According to the Truckee library, all of Truckee’s story times are still scheduled as usual.

Emma Garrard contributed to this story.

New library service hours go into effect Dec. 1 for the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, the Truckee library and Grass Valley-Royce Branch Library:

Madelyn Helling Library and Truckee Library:

Monday 11-7 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-6 p.m.

Thursday 11-7 p.m.

Friday 10-6 p.m.

Saturday Closed

Grass Valley Library”Royce Branch:

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-6 p.m.

Saturday 10-4 p.m.

Public Service Hours will be staying the same at the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research, Penn Valley Station and Bear River Station as follows:

Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

Monday 10-4 p.m.

Tuesday 10-4 p.m.

Friday 10-4 p.m.

Penn Valley Station

Tuesday 9-1, 2-6 p.m.

Thursday 2-6 p.m.

Saturday 9-1, 2-6 p.m.

Bear River Station

Monday 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday 3-7 p.m.

Saturday 9-12, 1-4 p.m.