Robannie Evans leads Children’s Storytime at the Loomis Library. Seated next to her is son Quintin.

Robannie Evans leads Children’s Storytime at the Loomis Library. Seated next to her is son Quintin.

Loomis Library re-opened its Children’s Storytime feature in October, as part of a phased opening in anticipation of passing Measures F and G on the November ballot. Storytime includes a craft for the children, and meets every Friday at 10:30 am in the Loomis Library at 6050 Library Drive, Loomis.

“Being read to is the most important influence on children learning how to read and giving them a love of great books,” says Robannie Evans, volunteer storytime leader and preschool educator.

“Story time is a valuable literacy program at the library that introduces children to the joy of reading,” says Bonnie London, president of the Friends of the Loomis Library.  “It’s also an opportunity for children and families to socialize and connect with each other.”

“Many adults rely on the free computers and WiFi at the library to fill out job applications,” says Linda Sandahl, vice-president of the Friends of the Loomis Library. “Each tax season seniors have come to the library to get help completing their taxes.”

Placer County closed the Loomis branch library in July 2016. But almost immediately, the Town of Loomis leased the building with plans to re-open in the fall as a municipal library and community center. Responding to overwhelming community support, the Town Council put Measures F and G before voters to provide funding.

To get to the point of re-opening, the Loomis Library has required the cooperation of both local government and volunteers. “The Community Room re-opened in September and is being used again by community groups, such as Girl Scouts and other organizations,” says London. “The Friends of Loomis Library launched community enrichment programs in October to meet the needs and interests of all ages.  Feedback has been overwhelming positive.”

Measure F provides for a 1/4 cent Loomis sales tax on taxable items, expected to raise the approximately $250,000 needed to fund the library. Measure G is an advisory measure directing the town that the revenue should be used predominantly for the library.

“We think that a tax of about 25 cents on a $100 sale is a great value, since it allows us to maintain a robust library and community center in Loomis,” says Jean Wilson, Loomis Planning Commissioner and member of the Library Transition Team. “But frankly, if F and G don’t pass, the library will close. Loomis has had a library since 1899, long before it became a County library branch. We need to carry on this legacy to future generations.”