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Library donations stack up

Nevada County residents have made it clear they do not want their library services outsourced to a private firm – and have been backing up their demands with more than $66,000 in donations.

The Union’s “Save Our Libraries” campaign has netted more than $47,000 in just three weeks from more than 1,400 donors who have contributed anywhere from $5 to $500 (or more) each.

At the five county libraries, donation jars and mailed-in checks have brought in another $15,000 over the past few months, according to County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg.



The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries book sales at the five branches have ballooned during January and February as well, bringing in $4,500. That’s “way more than normal,” according to Friends President Ingrid Knox.

“The community has been so generous,” Knox said Thursday.




The campaign launched Jan. 28 with a front-page column by The Union Publisher Jeff Ackerman and a donation envelope stuffed inside the newspaper.

“Obviously, there’s an emotional connection to our libraries,” Ackerman said. “Within 24 hours, we got 300 envelopes in the mail, far exceeding our expectations.”

His goal is to reach $50,000 by next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Ackerman said.

“One way or another, we will be delivering a check for at least $50,000,” he said.

The money will be donated to the library system for operations if the Board of Supervisors adopt a staff-recommended plan Tuesday for internal cuts to balance the library system’s deficit budget.

If board members vote to outsource library operations to Library Systems and Services of Fredericksburg, Md., the money will go to the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, Ackerman said.

Ongoing donations and proceeds from a recent Elks Club dinner in Grass Valley are adding to the funds, Knox said.

Coming fundraisers

In addition to the money in hand and the continued campaigns at the libraries and in The Union, three more fundraisers are planned.

They are:

• The Library Aid Telethon on NCTV will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Donors already have pledged $4,000, with a goal of $100,000 sought, Knox said.

The telethon can be seen on Comcast channel 11, SuddenLink channel 16, Truckee TTCTV channel 6 and on a simulcast at NevadaCountyTV.org. It will include music and interviews with local authors including Gary Snyder, Steve Sanfield and Meg Palley.

• A benefit performance of “Snow Falling On Cedars,” set for 8 p.m. March 26 at the Nevada Theatre, downtown Nevada City. Tickets for the performance from the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra are available at the libraries.

• Classic movies at the historic Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley are scheduled for every Monday and Tuesday through April 13. The series will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday nights and a 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. It starts Monday, Feb. 22, with “Gone With The Wind.”

The bulk of the movie proceeds will go the libraries, with the rest paying for the movies’ rental and freight costs, theater owner Mike Getz said.

• Those wishing to donate to the libraries through The Union may do so by sending the check to Save Our Libraries, c/o The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

• To donate at the libraries, you can leave money or checks in the jars provided on the counters.

– Dave Moller


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