Denio library expansion makes progress

Humboldt County Library’s Denio branch moved a little closer to opening last week.

Library director Cyndi O made the first request for budgeted funds to be used to order furniture and shelving for the rural branch during the Monday’s commission meeting. She expects one or perhaps two more funds requests to round out the branch’s needs before filling the stacks.

The library closed on the purchase of the new, larger building in August. 

One commissioner asked about how the library would select books for the Denio branch, whether it would receive its own full collection, or would rotate with the other locations.

Cyndi O said the library maintained a floating collection that rotated among the branches and bookmobile, but each branch’s collection would be tailored to reflect the needs of the community.

“What we’re going toward is maintaining a floating collection between all four branches, but still tailoring each branch’s collection, so they each have a baseline of things that are applicable and appropriate, and fitting for that community specifically.”

Cyndi O said she looks forward to working with the Denio branch’s Sherry Ranf to develop that collection.

The library also received an extra-juicy grant this year to bulk up the Spanish-language collection at all locations.

Cyndi O said the library usually receives around $3,200 from the Nevada State Library Archives and Public Records yearly grant. This year, however, the three locations and the bookmobile will benefit from a $11,078 boost, thanks to $500,000 awarded to the Nevada State Library during the 2017 legislative session.