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Your support matters at your library

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final installment in a series of stories about the Nevada County Library system, in recognition of National Library Week. A donation envelope has been inserted into today’s edition of The Union, which we encourage you show your support for our libraries, which serve such a vital role in our community.

As you have “heard” me say throughout this week’s series of articles, your support matters to the Nevada County Library system.

The public library system is available to support the educational, recreational, economic development and enjoyment needs of our communities. I hope that you have had a chance to read about all of the increasingly varied and useful opportunities that the libraries are offering to the public.

On Tuesday, you read about the “New Spaces” the library is providing to increase technology space, recreational programming experiences and just basic reading rooms. On Wednesday, you read about the “New Faces” that the library has employed to best serve the needs of our communities. And on Thursday, you read about the abundance of new and expanded programs that the library is and will be providing to anyone who’d like to stop in and partake.

If you still feel like there’s just something missing, how about stopping into your library to …

— Check out a book, movie, magazine, audio book, music CD or more? The library adds 1,000 to 1,500 new items every month, so you should always be able to find something great!

— Attend an event? Today (Friday) at the Madelyn Helling Library, the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries are hosting their annual Members Appreciation Party at noon to celebrate National Library Week! Friends of the Library members are welcome to attend, have some light lunch and hear more about where the library is going.

— Sit and enjoy the space and company? The Madelyn Helling Library will be increasing its seating spaces with the introduction of the Collaborative Technology Center in both the technology area and the main body of the library.

— Pick the brain of library staff? Many of our staff are just as avid a reader/movie watcher/music listener as you are! They would be happy to share their recommendations with you.

— Picking up a volunteer application? The library could not function without its many talented and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are Friends of the Library members; they run the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research (through the Friend of the Library), they shelve books, they repair books, they act as literacy tutors, they drive our delivery vans, and they help with children’s programs. If you feel like you have a bit of extra time and you’d like to spend it with us, drop off your application today!

Much of what we do as a library system would be unsustainable without the support, dedication and effort of the community and our many volunteers. We, the staff of all of the libraries, appreciate that our library system is well used, well liked and well respected within our communities and that we are able to offer something to every individual who comes through our doors.

Please consider donating today to help us continue to provide access to information and materials for the entirety of our citizenry tomorrow. Your support matters.

Jessica Hudson is the Nevada County Librarian.

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