Nevada County Library Patron of the Week:Book Buddy program |

Nevada County Library Patron of the Week:Book Buddy program

Book Buddy program coordinator Lisa Macrina reads with Connie Yates, a 91-year-old Nevada County resident who has been a library patron for more than 40 years. The Book Buddy program brings the library to Yates and others who are homebound in the community.
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Patron of the Week highlights different library patrons each week who participate in library programs and services offered at the six Nevada County Library locations.

Tell me about yourself.

Connie Yates is a vibrant 91-year-old woman who is a participant in Nevada County Library’s Book Buddy program. Connie has used the Nevada County Libraries for forty years and has memories of being invited by Madelyn Helling to her Book Club which was reading the classics at the time.

What brings you to the library?

Over her 40 years as a patron of the Nevada County Library, Connie has enjoyed many books, attended events and a computer class, used the Community Room, participated in a Book Club, and has been a volunteer for the library. Now, Connie participates in the Book Buddy program because she is no longer able to drive. As a child, Connie remembers visiting her local library more than once a day at times and, today, the Book Buddy program allows her to continue her lifelong love of reading. For Connie, being in the Book Buddy program has “been wonderful because I am an avid reader and to have someone bring library materials to me is a blessing.”

Why is the library important to you?

Reminiscing on how important the library was to her growing up, Connie thinks that having a children’s section in the library is important so that children have access to a variety of books that will help them develop a love of reading. She also appreciates the services the Nevada County Libraries have provided her as an adult, from teaching her how to use her first computer to utilizing the resources at the Doris Foley Library for genealogy research. Today, Connie appreciates that the Nevada County Library has developed the Book Buddy program to deliver library books, magazines, audio books, and videos to members of the community who are homebound.

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

Connie remembers attending a presentation by poet Gary Snyder at Madelyn Helling during Library Week. She could not believe an internationally known poet and writer was coming to our community and that she would be able to meet and speak with him. Another favorite, Connie fondly remembers meeting former librarian MaryAnn Trygg while selecting books for her 92 year old mother at the time. MaryAnn was very helpful, kind and obliging in assisting her in finding particular books that would keep Connie’s mother’s mind engaged and help with her memory.

Take part in our Library Card Drive and help us reach our goal of distributing 1,000 new library cards by July 31. Apply for a free library card at any Nevada County Library branch! To find the branch closest to you or to find out more about library services, call 530-265-7050 or visit If you or somebody you know can benefit from the Book Buddy service, or if you would like to participate in the program as a volunteer, please contact the Nevada County Library administrative office at 530-265-1407 to be put in contact with the program’s coordinator.

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