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Letters: Our public libraries

Thank you so much to county librarian Mary Ann Trygg, Friends of the Library board member Michele Shiro, retired librarian Deb Abbadie, and Supervisor Hank Weston for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak at a community forum about the county libraries.

We met at Grizzly Hill School on the San Juan Ridge, and they all graciously made the trip to the Ridge in the rain, and shared their considerable knowledge about the very challenging decisions facing the Board of Supervisors regarding our libraries.

We thank them for all of their hard work!



Shana Maziarz

Nevada City




Hopefully, our donation to the Save Our Libraries fund drive will help the Nevada County Public Library system maintain the quality and availability of the library services and resources.

My wife and I moved to Nevada County in late 2007, and we have really grown to appreciate the rich history, diverse organizations, cultural events, and services available in the county. We believe that a robust public library system is essential to continuing such an environment in the present and in the future.

In the future, revenue sources for the public library system may require a basis other than sales tax in order to maintain a more uniform funding level. I’m not sure what the answer is, but it certainly should be something for the county supervisors to consider.

In the interim, hopefully enough people will step up to the plate and support the Save Our Libraries fund drive. Thanks for taking the initiative to organize it.

John Coltart

Cedar Ridge

It is against state law to charge a library card fee.

Our library (us) is suffering a $250,000 shortfall.

Forty-five thousand of our Nevada County neighbors have been issued library cards.

A $5 donation by each cardholder equals enough money to fix our deficit.

Are we going to let state law mandate that we can’t pay a $5 library card fee if we want to?

If you are a cardholder, get mad! Send the library $5!

William Hastings

Nevada City

A friend of mine has worked for many years for the Jackson County, Oregon, library system. In a recent conversation with her, I asked how the privatization was working.

She was even more enthusiastic than Mr. Jordan. She says the staff is much happier.

They find the LSSI people, because they are library professionals are easy to work with, understand the “language” and the problems that arise, are very appreciative of staff input and very quick to discuss and move on suggestions.

Many of the bureaucratic roadblocks have been removed and the clients are better served and happier, too.

It is human nature to resist change. I submit this as food for thought.

C. Appleton

Grass Valley


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