Second library kiosk in Nevada County slated for Chicago Park School |

Second library kiosk in Nevada County slated for Chicago Park School

Peter Parkhurst uses his library card to get a book, while County Library Laura Pappani helps him, at the kiosk on the San Juan Ridge, in this archuve photo.
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Walk up to the vending machine, swipe your card and collect your item — it’s a common transaction for people across the country buying drinks or snacks.

That machine-to-person exchange also can apply to library books. Grab your Nevada County library card, make a selection and collect your book of choice after it falls within reach.

A library kiosk has been outside the San Juan Ridge Community Library for several months, providing 24/7 access to books not necessarily available at the local, volunteer library.

Officials now plan to install a second machine outside Chicago Park School.

“It’s just nice to have 24/7 access to library materials. It’s a lot less expensive than opening a new branch.”Nevada County Librarian Laura Pappani

“It’s also an area that doesn’t have library services,” said Laura Pappani, county librarian. “It would keep people from having to drive.”

The new kiosk is slated for a spot with wheelchair access near the parking lot of the school at 15725 Mount Olive Road. Pappani hopes it will be open for business before the year ends.

The money for the new kiosk, about $25,000, comes from a grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, which also provided grant funding for the first location.

The library has used trial and error at the San Juan Ridge location to determine which books fill the kiosk. Bestsellers are an obvious choice.

“We’ve had requests for large-print books,” Pappani said. “We’ve also had a request for more science fiction.”

The school library selection in Chicago Park will affect that kiosk’s inventory, as Pappani wants to avoid stocking it with books students can get from their own facilities. She plans on having books that appeal to that area’s residents and not just students.

Dan Zeisler, superintendent and principal of Chicago Park School, said he considers the school a hub for the community.

“Part of it is families in this area have a significant drive to Grass Valley to their library,” Zeisler said. “We want to meet the needs of the entire community and the kiosk is another way of doing that.”

The possibility exists of adding more kiosks, though Pappani will monitor activity at both sites before making any decision.

“It’s just nice to have 24/7 access to library materials,” she said. “It’s a lot less expensive than opening a new branch.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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