Building for Books: First, find a home site for the Truckee Library |

Building for Books: First, find a home site for the Truckee Library

Katie Holley
Special to the Sun
Member of Building for Books committee

Summer reading is great, but year-round reading in a new and expanded Truckee Library will be fantastic! You are invited to help plan for a new library in Truckee by discussing possible locations at either of two community meetings to be held July 14 and 22. Share your vision with The Friends of the Truckee Library members who have identified potential sites and who want to hear the ideas of everyone in the community, including current and possible future users of the Library.

Truckeeand#8217;s vibrant community deserves a place that reflects how much it values learning and education. Educator and Chair of the Building for Books Committee Ruth Jackson Hall states, and#8220;It is so inspiring to live in a community like ours, where children, adults, second home owners and visitors all love and support our library. It makes the process of creating a new library that matches our growing, dynamic community so exciting.and#8221;

Our current Library is so small (5,000 square feet) that services and programs are limited. Whereas American Library Association Library standards would dictate at least eight Internet-capable computer stations, we now have only four. With more than 100,000 patron visits a year; a burgeoning collection of books, magazines and recorded materials; and the need to provide adequate space for childrenand#8217;s programs, an appropriate size for the library would be 18-20,000 square feet.

A building of this size will require a spacious site. Among those being considered are an area at the Regional Park on Brockway Road, the Veteransand#8217; Hall on High Street, Nevada Countyand#8217;s former corporation yard on West River St. and the Railyard project.

Securing a location is a first step in realizing the vision for the programs and services that a new library could provide, including a place for communication and discovery and a place that cultivates life-long learning. Children and youth could gather to learn, study and develop creativity. The Library and its site could demonstrate our environmental values and provide an atmosphere for quiet reflection as well as vibrant expression.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s hard to overstate the importance of libraries in our society,and#8221; states Lisa Dobey, CEO of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. and#8220;They are one of the key components of democracy in America, underscoring our commitment to a fair and equitable society. Libraries build community by creating a space where everyone is welcome.and#8221;

A new Truckee Library could offer greater resources to our vital community and create a much-needed space for learning, gathering, and connecting with one another. Libraries enrich their communities not only through patron visits and circulation of materials, but also through cultural events, childrenand#8217;s programs, community book sales and literacy programs. Libraries offer a refuge, as Lisa Dobey says, and#8220;Beyond the theoretical, libraries simply bring joy. I love watching children check out books each week, listening to a librarian and a patron discuss a newly discovered author, or simply watching someone escape the snow or heat by sitting in the library quietly reading.and#8221;

Please come to one of the two community meetings to share your ideas and to hear the progress to date on selecting a site for the new and expanded Truckee Library.

For more information contact Ruth Jackson Hall, Chair of the Building for Books Committee at or phone 582-2583.

Meeting One: Tuesday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sierra Mountain Community Education Center and#8211; Cafeteria

(Old Middle School) 11603 Donner Pass Road

Meeting Two:

Wednesday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Truckee Donner Public Utility District and#8211; Board Room

11570 Donner Pass Road

Visit for information on joining the Friends of the Library.

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