It’s been a busy summer at the library
Libraries usually doze through the summer months, with an occasional wake-up call from a patron who leaves the car running to dash in for a bestseller.
Community members are usually bound for the beach, hiking trails, loading the mountain bikes, or putting together a gourmet picnic to take to a concert or play; and the Library moves to the bottom of the priority list.
Not so this summer. The Library has been steadily buzzing with activity, the parking lot full of parked – not idling – cars, there are lines at the circulation desk and hardly a book-on-tape on the shelf. Sign-ups for the children’s Summer Reading Program are up 45 percent this year over last. The Friends of the Library’s Used Book Sale attracted a huge crowd, and produced almost twice as much revenue as ever before.
In response to a query about why there has been so much summer activity at the library, several staff members had ideas. Tanzy and Teri surmised that all the people who read Tanzy’s guest column in May took her plea to heart, and dutifully checked out at least as many books as they returned. Lauri thought that it was the stellar programming for the summer reading program (a huge thank you to the Coast Guard, K.I.T.U.S., and Bruce L. King from Truckee Ballet Arts) as well as the new air conditioning that has provided refuge from the hot summer.
Lauri also conjectured that the community finally realizes that we have a Library stocked with materials they want.
Monika believes that there is a new awareness about the importance of books and reading in raising children, and more parents are bringing their kids to the Library. She feels that the community is much more aware of the Library, which in turn has more to offer. She attributed the Book Sale’s success not only to Margaret Ely’s and Barbara Sullivan’s hard work in sorting the used books, but to the increase in both the quantity and quality of books donated by the community.
Cathy, avid devourer of books, said she stopped coming to the Library for years when funding was cut back and Library hours kept shrinking. Now that Measure B has provided sales tax revenues for the County Library System, people have returned to the Library. She believes that the same percentage of the community is using the Library, and that increases can be attributed to the growth in local population.
What do I think? I desperately hope that county residents again pass Measure B when it comes up for renewal vote, so that the Library can continue to have the resources to provide excellent staff, programming, resources and materials for all of us.
Truckee Library 582-7846
10031 Levone Avenue
Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
— Toddlertime with Teri, for ages 18 to 36 months. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
— Babes In Bookland: An Infant Lap-sit Program for ages 6-18 months. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
— Saturday Storytelling With Mrs. Fix. For ages 3-6. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
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