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Truffles no trifle for troubled libraries

Trina Kleist
Staff Writer

Nevada City resident Marianne Greenberg was “shocked” by the financial crisis faced by the Nevada county library system and plans to outsource its operation, so she did something about it.

She made chocolate truffles.

“What is the library connection to truffles? A borrowed book,” Greenberg said. “Earlier this year, I went through a chocolate obsession. When I want to learn more about a topic, I start with the library, and I was not disappointed.

For months, my nightstand was covered with library books on dessert and chocolate.”

Greenberg settled on a recipe and got friends and relatives to pledge purchases of 1,000 heavenly creations at $1 each.

On Monday, Greenberg presented a check to the library for $1,000, and sold some more truffles (flavored with pumpkin pie spice in honor of Thanksgiving), raising at least another $90.

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“I know this is not going to save the library. It’s $1,000,” Greenberg said. “But people need to wake up. We need to wake up and do everything we can to save our beloved library.”

Thursday is the deadline for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to receive proposals by private companies to operate the county library system, which faces a budget shortfall caused by the recession.

Greenberg hopes “the County Board of Supervisors might get the idea that we really care who runs our libraries,” she said.

A for-profit company would take money out of the county, Greenberg added.

“A public library has a soul that no private company can replace,” she said. “In tough economic times, we may have to cut back, but not outsource our libraries. When the economy revives, we’ll still have our beloved system in place and can expand again.”

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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