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Truckee Library gears up to make move

Ruth Hall
Co-Chair Friends of the Truckee Library

The Friends of the Truckee Library (FOL) is launching an exciting community project ” building a new library for Truckee. We will soon be enlisting the public’s help in determining the location for the new library Truckee desperately needs. The growth of the population and the increase in library collections has outpaced the functionality of the current building. Additional resources to keep collections and services current has necessitated the need for more and more bookshelves, which has radically changed the character and ambiance of the Truckee Library from a relaxing and comfortable environment to a warehouse for books.

In the early 70s, the plan to build Truckee’s first library was initiated by a grassroots community effort. The earliest collections were housed in a variety of places, including a bookmobile, the old grammar school, (now the Truckee Community Center) and the high school. There was even a plan, at one point, to keep the collection in the Old Jail on Jibboom Street. Through local advocacy, support from Nevada County and securing a Federal library grant, we were able to build the current library in 1976. Since then, two additions were built in 1983 and 2003. These expanded the library space to its current 5,000 sq. ft. Research through the American Library Association shows our community should have a 20,000 sq. ft library ” four times the current size. The Truckee Library has more than 100,000 patron visits per year.

Last year, a group of community members participated in a visioning process to determine the attributes they would like a new library site to have. Find following the wish list. Central/visible, readily accessible to the entire community, tied in with community, mixed use area where there is already development, accessible by local transportation and on or near the river.

Some of the sites that the FOL is considering include: Rail Yard, Veteran’s Hall, County’s old Corp Yard, Truckee Regional Park and Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus.

As an icon of American values, a quality Truckee Library will demonstrate pride and investment in our community and continue to offer invaluable gifts: Inspiration and empowerment for a community of readers; resources to improve quality of life; and the ability to continue to welcome and serve all ages, all socio-economic brackets and all languages and cultures without judgment or censorship. It will provide free access to information and technology, bridge isolation and serve as the heart of the community.

FOL has set up a “Building for Books” fund for our new library at the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. We also encourage interested community members to join the effort by becoming part of the planning team. For more info, please e-mail the Friends of the Library at truckeefol@gmail.com.

Library Hours

Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Babes in Bookland Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years) through 5/20 only

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)

Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole


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