Opinion: Vote ‘yes’ on Nevada County’s Measure A
How do I love my library? Let me count the ways.
When my kids were little, the intrepid Marigray Fish led them in a marching band complete with drums and cymbals through the library after storytime. To this day, if I should happen to get up on the wrong side of the bed, I can visit the library and renew my spirit by watching a magical children’s storytime program.
If my internet service goes down or my computer crashes, I can use the computers and lightning-speed signal at the library. With my free library card, I can download eBooks to a Nook or Kindle at no charge.
When I need a good novel or a how-to book, I can pluck one off the shelf and keep it for three weeks six if I renew. If it’s not on the shelf, I can request it from another library. Or I can also settle in with a newspaper or magazine from the abundance of periodicals on the library’s racks.
For research questions, the library can’t be beat. When hours of surfing the internet hasn’t gotten me anywhere but frustrated, the Librarian can find answers and information, or guide me to a source.
All of that and more will be available to everyone in this community if voters pass Measure A in November. Measure A would add a tiny amount to our sales tax — 1/4 of one percent, double the 1/8 of one percent that currently funds our libraries — but it would enable our library to increase services, staff and hours, and even fund operations when we build a new and bigger library for Truckee.
I hope you will show that you, too, love libraries and everything they stand for by voting YES on Measure A.