Nevada County libraries celebrate National Library Week |

Nevada County libraries celebrate National Library Week

This week, the Nevada County Community Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

This week is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet and discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn a new skill alongside others. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to engage with the people they serve, striving to make sure the community’s core needs are being met.

This year there will be lots of programs in celebration of our local libraries as well as our community. Those who have never been to the San Juan Ridge Community Library at 18847 Oak Tree Road in Nevada City should make an effort to stop by. Not only do they have two new library kitties, they also have an incredible tapestry collection that is community focused and created.

Over the next week stay tuned for a series of articles highlighting library events and initiatives that have taken place over the last year and many yet to come. Visit the Nevada County Community Library events page at for information on events near you.

From 5-6:30 p.m. today, the Madelyn Helling Library will host the Nevada County Reads and Writes program, Community Stories. Participants in the StoryCorps Project, a national oral history initiative, will share the events and people that changed their lives, as well as their experiences recording with StoryCorps.

Also taking place today, the Truckee Library will be kicking off the week by partnering with Alibi Ale House at 10069 Bridge Street to host a “Not Your Parent’s Library” program. Truckee residents are encouraged to stop by to try out the library’s Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system and see the Replicator+ 3-D Printer in action. Library staff will be on hand from 4:30-7:30 p.m. to give everyone the chance to try their hand at virtual reality and learn more about the library.

The library team is planning lots of new initiatives in the upcoming year including migrating to a new library catalog. Once the new catalog is in place, thanks to a grant from the California State Library, Nevada County Community Library will be able to connect its catalog to 17 other Northern California libraries giving patrons access to over 11 million titles.

Beginning in 2019, Nevada County Community Library will work to strengthen infrastructure by relocating and renovating its libraries. Penn Valley Library in the Wildwood Commercial Center on Pleasant Valley Road will be the first. It is expected to be completed by the fall of this year. This move occurred in large part because the community recognized the value of the library and approached the County Librarian about taking over a larger space. Penn Valley Library will move from its current 1,000-square-foot location to a 2,140-square-foot location.

In fall of 2018, Gensler Architects held a conversation with Penn Valley residents on what they wanted in the new library. A space plan was developed which reflected the needs and values captured. The project is expected to begin this month after the Board of Supervisors approval on contractors. The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries have pledged funds to assist in construction and furnishings for the new location.

In a separate project, the Bear River High School Library is also preparing to begin renovation this summer. It, too, is expected to be completed by the fall. Bear River High School has allocated an alternate space on campus for Nevada County Community Library to provide holds pick-up, a small browsing library with computers and space for Summer Learning Programming during the renovation.

Truckee Library is slated to begin renovation in the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Plans for a community visioning dialogue at Truckee Town Hall on May 20 are in the works.

All Nevada County Community Libraries are celebrating National Library Week by hosting a variety of programs. For more information, follow @nevadacountylibrary on Facebook, call 530-265-7050 or see the library’s website at

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

Source: Nevada County Community Library

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