Crowd rallies against library outsourcing
November 24, 2009
A large crowd protested the possibility of outsourcing Nevada County library management Tuesday morning in a festive, yet determined way.
About 100 protesters assembled in front of the Rood Center then packed the Board of Supervisors meeting with signs that read, “Local control, local accountability” and “Carnegie is crying,” among others.
“This is the foundation of democracy,” protester Mark Sherwood said of the libraries. “It’s not for sale or rent.”
The board listened to about 20 minutes of comments on the matter, but could not comment by state law because the topic was not on the agenda.
Board Chairman Hank Weston said the board will now have two committees look over the single proposal from Library Systems of Germantown, Md., to run all six libraries.
The board will probably not deal with the matter again until December, he added. Supervisor Nate Beason, who was absent, said earlier this week he expects the board may not get to the matter until January.
The committees will also look at a second proposal from the Friends of Nevada County Libraries to run the Doris Foley Historical Library in Nevada City two days per week.
Library Systems CEO Frank Pezzanite told The Union this morning that his proposal would increase library hours 14 percent, and cut the library budget by 7 percent.
Pezzanite also said his proposal calls for hiring all current library system employees back at their existing salaries.
For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.