Additional Updates:

  • County Offices Day - On July 18th, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Group met in the Chesebrough room at San Andreas library for lunch. I showed them around, and shared our plans. With the help of a participant who works in the Calaveras County Office of Education, I am now in contact with the principal at Bret Harte High School. I hope to make connections with students to see what our libraries can do to help them after school hours and on weekends.
  • Summer Reading has concluded for our branches; we are gathering statistics and will have a report in September.
  • ​I will be working on a new Kid's Library Card for September (Get a Library Card Month). But first...
  • ​I received a scholarship to attend the 2017 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference, in St. George, Utah. I will also attend a full-day Dynamic Planning Institute pre-conference from the Public Library Association. Both of these are made possible by our wonderful State Library, and I am looking forward to learning more about how we can improve library service in Calaveras County! (I love my job)

Update on Services:

  • ​LINK+ is working well! Staff is adjusting to the daily demands and deliveries. Patrons can pick up an informative brochure about this service at all branches. 
  • We received word that ZIP Books will continue for another year! We don't know our allocation, yet, but we received $8000.00 for 2017.
  • We are moving forward with our project to bring high-speed internet services to our libraries with CENIC Broadband. We received a grant letter from State Librarian Greg Lucas in July for $90,000.00. CENIC is working with AT&T to begin installation of circuits; once that work is completed, we will be ready to purchase hardware needed. Work will be done first at the Central (San Andreas) library, and then at branches. We will publicize installations in each location as they happen.

Librarian Report: August, 2017

Your Librarian, Nancy Giddens

Copyright  Friends of the  Calaveras County Library

Update on Angels Camp Branch:

​The City of Angels Camp has agreed to continue their support for this library branch by giving annually $11,700.00 to help pay rent for the facility currently used there. We represented the library at two city meetings: once to make our request, and once during public comment with additional information (for encouragement).

I have submitted a plan and proposal to County Administration for adding $10,800.00 to supplement the above amount, to cover the cost of moving into a new, larger space. While their response has been positive, it is not yet known if the County has the money to provide for this plan.

Update on Staffing:

  • We have an opening for a roving Library Branch Assistant to work part-time (18 hours/week) at San Andreas, Murphys, and Copperopolis libraries. (Until this position is filled, Copperopolis library will be closed Mondays; Fridays & Saturdays in Murphys will be covered by Central staff.  Learn more and apply for this position! 
  • We have an opening for a Library Assistant II (Limited Term). This position is made possible through a grant funded by First Five for the Little Leapers Early Literacy Program. Assist Calaveras libraries with Storytime and other children's programs, and deliver library books to Family Child Care Homes. Learn more and apply for this position! 
  • ​We are still waiting for the Transportation Officer (16 hours) position to open.

In the meantime, the Angels Camp FOTL is polling members to ascertain willingness to donate money for furnishing that will be needed. We hope that a demonstration of support from the City and from the Friends of the Library will encourage the County to contribute a share of the rent. (The County already pays for staff, utilities, communication, delivery, and will pay provider costs for broadband for the Angels Camp branch - a total of around $30,000.00 from the General Fund. The State Library is also giving $15,000.00 for the broadband project - this is certainly a joint effort!