Community kudos from the Truckee Library |

Community kudos from the Truckee Library

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comTwelve-year-old Wulfe Retzlaff poses with a selection of books purchased with his generous donation at the Truckee Library.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Regular readers of this column know the Truckee Library has not escaped the budget woes associated with our flailing economy. A major portion of our yearly budget is based upon an 1/8 of a cent sales tax levied in Nevada County. When spending goes down in the community, as it has steadily over the last four years, our spending at the library is also curtailed. This translates into fewer employees and hours, less new materials purchased of both traditional and online resources, and even the threat of privatization.-

I am very pleased to report that sale tax receipts have shown some significant signs of life over recent months. While itand#8217;s too early to tell if this will become the new normal or represents a mere blip of positivity in an otherwise bleak economic picture, at least the trend looks encouraging at the moment.–

A silver lining to our budget woes that also serves as a testament to our fantastic community is the number of monetary donations that have come in to purchase books in honor of birthdays or in memory of beloved community members.-

In recent months, the family and friends of Judah Shropshire celebrated his very first birthday by purchasing brand new picture books for our library, perfect for the preschool set. Twelve-year-old Wulfe Retzlaff donated $230 in birthday money to purchase 20 new books for the young adult section of our library, including second copies of some of our most popular offerings, such as the and#8220;Hunger Gamesand#8221; trilogy and National Book Award finalists. Judith Fasani donated funds in loving memory of Truckee luminary CR Johnson. The titles purchased with this generous donation feature inspirational or motivational themes that call to mind the legacy of CR Johnson.-

Each of the books purchased with donated funds feature a commemorative bookplate as a permanent reminder of the celebrated community member. Thank you for honoring both the library and our community in such a generous and and#8220;noveland#8221; way.-

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