Truckee Library celebrates the big three-zero
The Truckee Branch Library turns 30 this year and is considering the up-side of a face lift.
Born in 1976 to a family of local readers, the Truckee Branch Library came as a much needed community resource. The only library in town prior to that was Tahoe Truckee High School’s, and while it was open to the public, it lacked many of the resources that bookworms sought.
“Back in the late 1960s, Nevada County was one of only a handful of counties in the state without a library district,” said Truckee resident Pat Sutton, who was an active part in getting the library ball rolling. “A citizens group was formed to explore developing a library system, and the county’s board of supervisors gave approval for a demonstration project that included a book truck and book drives to assess community desire.”
Well, the community was desirous, and after consenting to relations with the state and private donors, a new library was born and a county library system was implemented.
The library grew and grew. Adults and children from across the land came to read Nancy Drew, Stephen King and Harlequin romance novels. And they were happy.
The library matured into its teenage years, and like many teens, the library was a social butterfly and made many friends. Those people titled themselves the Friends of the Truckee Library.
“The Friends really have been instrumental at keeping the library open during budget cuts because they really rallied the community support,” said Jois Child, president of Friends of the Truckee Library. We hold the annual book sale fundraiser in August, support the staff and purchase books.”
In the mid-1980s, the library experienced a teenage growth spurt in the form of a children’s wing on the building’s west side. The Friends were all there to help.
And the faithful Friends were there again to show their support in 2003 when the library received another new children’s wing.
But the children’s wing has already been outgrown, Child said, and building a bigger library is a huge goal. Unfortunately, it’s an unrealistic one without some major support from the state.
Voters did not approve Proposition 81 in July, which would have provided $600 million to county libraries, and other state funding is not looking promising.
“There are no realistic options at the moment, but there are a couple of potential plans under discussion,” Child said.
One potential plan involves coordinating with the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. The community center the district is considering could be available for library space. Sierra College officials have indicated that they are interested in talking about some sort of library sharing too, Child said.
Nothing is set in stone, she said, but the Friends are pushing forward.
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