Loomis Library Prepares Children’s Section for Re-opening

Donations of the newest novels and children’s books are welcome

“Perhaps children suffered most when the County closed the Loomis Branch Library in July,” says Linda Sandahl, vice president of the Friends of the Library. “One of our primary goals has been to re-open the children’s section and restore weekly story times as soon as we are able – probably in October. We were able to open the Community Room for community groups in mid-September.”

After closure, the Town of Loomis leased the building and put Measures F and G on the November ballot to fund the library. In anticipation of this, the Friends of the Loomis Library have been working hard towards a phased re-opening of library services this fall.

One group that has been especially helpful are volunteers from the California Scholarship Federation chapter (CSF) at Del Oro High School. Last Saturday, for example, found Del Oro juniors Lauren Lambourne and Amy Lyn Williams labeling books in the juvenile section.

“The children’s section is nearly ready to open,” explains Carol, team leader of nearly two dozen volunteers who have been working to get the library back in shape. Carol takes visitors to Early Juvenile to show off first readers, picture books that parents can read to their children, and “board books” – books with thick pages that toddlers can’t tear.

Then she escorts visitors to the nearly completed Juvenile section, designed for readers ages 8 through 12. It includes popular series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, and Erin Hunter books. Also on the shelves are series familiar to former children – the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. Donations of new children’s books are needed and always welcome.

“When Placer County closed the Loomis branch in July,” Carol explains, “they took all the newest items, and donated to the Friends of the Loomis Library materials that weren’t needed at other county branches. Due to recent community donations and generous donations from other Friends of the Library organizations, our collection has increased to about 7,000 items.

“We’re weak in teen graphic novels,” she says, “especially those published since 2012.” The Library is also looking for new adult fiction published in 2015 and 2016, as well as the newest DVDs and Blue Ray discs.

“Purchase the latest novel, read it, and then donate it to the library,” suggests Linda Sandahl. “Some people will buy their favorite movie on DVD or Blue-Ray, and then donate it to the library for others to enjoy.” Donated materials are designated by beautiful bookplates that tell the name of the donor, or the person in whose memory it was given.

“You’re welcome to drop off your donated books at the library most any day except Sunday or Monday,” says Sandahl. “And while you’re here, look around and see our progress.” Volunteers have been working non-stop since Labor Day. “You’ll probably find several people working. If you’d like to help, we’d love to have you.”

“We have two needs for the office,” says Sandahl, “an office desk in good condition and a mini-refrigerator. If you can donate one of these, let us know.” Linda Sandahl can be reached at lindasandahl2431@yahoo.com  or (530) 863-3005.

“Lots of people in Loomis are passionate about the Loomis Library,” says Sandahl. “But whether we’re able to keep it open depends on Loomis voters supporting Measures F and G in November. Without funding from those measures,” she says, “our library will close.”