Nevada County Library Patron of the Week |

Nevada County Library Patron of the Week

Dyllan Gomez, from left, Dustin Gomez, Hailey Clemens, Taylor Davidson (back), Dominyck Lyon (front), and Pam Clemens enjoyed the Penn Valley Eye Spy event and Summer Book Bingo through the Nevada County Library.
Submitted photo by Taylor Wolfe |

Pam Clemens, a Penn Valley resident, brought five of her grandchildren to the Penn Valley Station to encourage their summer reading and participate in the Nevada County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Two of her grandchildren, Dyllan and Dustin, were visiting from North Dakota while Dominyck, Taylor, and Hailey live locally in Nevada County.

What brings you to the library?

Throughout the summer, Pam has been bringing her grandchildren to the library so they can continue to check out books and stay engaged with reading while on their summer break. In June, Pam’s five grandchildren also participated in Penn Valley Station’s Eye Spy event and signed up for Summer Book Bingo through the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Eye Spy is one of many events that happened throughout June and July as a part Nevada County Library’s Summer Reading Program. During Eye Spy, Pam’s grandchildren searched throughout the Penn Valley Station to find 23 hidden items that each corresponded to a single letter in a sentence. After finding all the items, kids arranged the corresponding letters to create the sentence that said, “Happy summer reading to you,” and got to pick out a prize for completing the puzzle.

Why is the library important to you?

Aside from coming to the library as a summer activity for her grandchildren, Pam has taken advantage of the many other services that the Nevada County Library offers.

Without Wi-Fi because of her rural location, she will come to the library to update her GPS and stock up on audiobooks before going on road trips.

Pam has also used the Collaborative Technology Center, the study rooms at Madelyn Helling Library, and has gone to the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research to research her ancestry, where she found out she has family ties in England and many Eastern states. This summer she has been taking her grandchildren to the Penn Valley Station to try to combat the “summer slide” (a term used to describe the tendency for students to forget some of what they have learned or slip out of practice during summer vacation) and instead encourage them to improve their literacy and reading levels during the summer months.

What is your favorite memory you’ve made at the Nevada County Libraries?

Pam’s granddaughter, Taylor, has loved coming to the Library for the Summer Reading Program because “in the summer there’s not as much to do.” Dyllan, Dustin, and Taylor all picked up Summer Book Bingo after the Eye Spy event and started planning which reading activities they would do in order to complete a reading bingo and win a prize.

To find the Nevada County Library branch closest to you or to find out more about library services, call 530-265-7050 or visit

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