BR public library deal advances |

BR public library deal advances

South county residents should soon be able to check out library books closer to home.

Under an agreement the Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday, people would be able to borrow school and county materials at the Bear River High School library as early as Feb. 20.

The library could be open to the public 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Francisco Pinneli, county librarian, said Wednesday.

People want greater access to public library facilities, he said. “This is one way we can bring library (services) closer to their communities.”

BRHS librarian Christine Trussler said students benefit by being able to borrow materials from the county library system.

Bear River students will have access to online databases, CDs, videos and other materials from the county library system, Trussler said recently. “We’re getting a lot of good stuff.”

The county is not expected to keep an extensive collection of books at Bear River, in part because the school’s under-construction library is not expected to be completed before late spring, Trussler and Pinneli said.

A ribbon cutting for the 22,000-square-foot facility, which will also house two ceramics rooms, a photo lab and other amenities, has been scheduled for Feb. 11.

The county library system operates on $2.1 million a year and has a 177,00-volume collection, Pinneli said. The BRHS library could cost the county about $50,000 annually in staff time and other expenses.

The county library system includes Madelyn Helling Library near Rood Administrative Center, the Grass Valley Library, the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City and the Truckee Library. A satellite library is scheduled to open in Penn Valley in March.

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