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County Librarian Francisco Pinneli wants to double the size of the Grass Valley Library on Mill Street and is applying for a state grant requiring matching funds.
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The Grass Valley Library could one day be twice as large as it is now if local supporters can raise enough money to qualify for a state grant.

“We don’t have as much room for the books and the programs as we’d like to,” Francisco Pinneli, the county librarian, said Monday.

The expansion of the 5,600-square-foot library the Carnegie Corp. of New York built in 1916 could take place if the county manages to get a $2 million grant from the state’s Library Bond Act passed in 2000.



The county will have to come up with $700,000 in matching funds to get the grant. The Friends of the Libraries have already raised $100,000 for the project, Pinneli said.

The state grant application is due June 14. An Auburn firm is drawing the expansion plans, Pinneli said.




If the county doesn’t receive the state money, the library improvements will have to wait, Pinneli said. “But we’re going to try,” he said. “No harm in asking. You don’t try … you don’t get.”

Virginia Tappe, a volunteer at the library, hopes the addition will be built.

“That would be lovely,” said Tappe at the children’s library Tuesday. “It’s very hard to find room for all the books.”

Sushila Mertens, a children’s and young adult librarian, said there is no more shelf space.

She wants to improve the young adult section and add computers, she said as she helped a Sierra Foothill High School student select a fantasy book in the young adult section.

The Grass Valley Library’s collection includes 62,192 books, CDs, magazines and other items. These materials were circulated 171,903 times from April 2001 through April 2002, Pinneli said.

The public is invited to discuss the project at 6 p.m. June 3 at the library, 207 Mill St.

-Kerana Todorov


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