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Truckee Friends of the Library say ‘Support your reading habit’

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunJosie Banovich reads a book in the Truckee Library. In light of recent reductions in hours and staff, the Truckee Friends of the Library are calling for volunteers to help keep expansion plans on the table.

It’s easy to take public libraries for granted. It seems as though no matter the weather, the political climate, or the crises at the school district, public libraries hold tight to their mission of offering information, books to borrow, free Internet access and an escape from the cold and dark.

With the current economic climate, libraries are performing an even larger role in communities. Yet recently dwindling resources and cutbacks have forced cities and towns such as Philadelphia and San Diego to close public libraries. The Nevada County library system is feeling the squeeze as well ” hence the recent cutback in hours and personnel at the Truckee Library.

At a meeting last month, more than 30 people answered the call to imagine ways of keeping the Truckee Library a vital community resource, and to add their support and ideas to the beleaguered Friends of the Truckee Library, who have dwindled to a small core of active members.

At the gathering, people broke up into groups to focus on five areas for potential reinvigoration and expansion: children’s programs, events for adults, increasing resources for youth/teens, exploring options for optimizing the use of space in our current cramped building, and building a new library for Truckee. Each group was charged with identifying one manageable goal and devising an action plan. Ideas flew fast and furiously, and when everyone came back together, there was a wealth of enthusiasm and visions for new directions and resources.

A teenager offered to put together a survey for her peers to determine what would draw youth to the library. Parents presented a dynamic list of potential new programs for kids. Someone offered the idea of monthly film nights for adults. There were several ideas about tapping local expertise for the best way to use the existing library space. And several sites were identified as possible places for building a new and expanded library for Truckee.

With a new President committed to change and empowering people to work together to make things happen in our country, the climate is ripe for reinvigorating the Friends of the Truckee Library. If you believe in libraries, join the wave of new energy for the institution that supports your reading and Internet habit and your quest for information: become a member of the Friends. The more Friends there are, the stronger our library can be. For as little as $20 a year, you can help keep the library a vital heart of our community.

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 582-7846,


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