Confident that Loomis voters will pass Measures F and G to fund the Loomis Library, a host of volunteers are helping the library restore library services.
On Saturday morning, October 29th, three members of Del Oro High School’s California Scholarship Federation (CSF) chapter joined other volunteers to prepare the children’s collection for cataloging. Tristyn Olvera and Ryan Jacobs are seniors at Del Oro. Samantha Jacobs is a sophomore.
“We’ve been blessed with many volunteers to get the Loomis Library back in shape to serve our community,” says Jean Wilson, Loomis Planning Commissioner and member of the Library Transition Team. “When Placer County closed the Loomis branch library at the end of July, the Loomis Town Council had arranged to lease the building to re-open it as a municipal library. The Council also put Measures F and G on the November ballot to fund the library.”
The County left about 7,000 books that have been supplemented with books donated by library supporters. “We especially need donations of new children’s books, graphic novels for teens, and new DVDs and CDs,” says Wilson.
Volunteers from the Friends of the Library re-opened the community room in September for use by Scouts and area organizations. In October, children’s storytime resumed every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. The Friends also offered a full slate of programs for the community.
This week AT&T is restoring phone and high speed Internet service to the building. “We’re excited to be able to offer free computers, Internet access, and WiFi to the community,” says Linda Sandahl, vice president of the Friends of the Loomis Library. “A lot of teens and adults in the Loomis area rely on the free library computers for research as well as to apply for jobs.”
The Friends of the Library are cataloging the collection using Apollo Integrated Library System software, designed specifically for smaller public libraries. New library cards will be arriving to coincide with the re-opening of the fully cataloged children’s section.
“Measures F and G provide funding that is absolutely essential to keeping the library open — hiring staff, building the collection, and paying the bills,” says Sandahl. “I hope every Loomis resident will be sure to vote.”