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April 16, 1980     Cloverdale Reveille
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Page 4- Wednesday, April 16, 1980 J A look at the new Cloverdale Library a year after opening Text and photos "by Janice. \\; # Feb. 12, 1980 marked the 1st anniversary of the new library ! The new Cloverdale Regional Library opened on February 12. 1979. Since the beautiful new Cloverdale library opened its doors on February 12, a little over a year ago, the library now located on North Cloverdale Blvd., has in- creased its circulation almost 100 percent and reference questions asked of the staff have increased 200 percent, according to librarian Patti ewis, who has been ;'Cloverdale's librarian for the past three years, one year at the new library, and she was also the librarian for two years when it was located in the old building on South Cloverdale Blvd. "There's definitely been a really sizable increase in usuage of the library since we've moved to our new ;.building, ' Lewis said. ' "People really needed a nice, spacious and friendly place like this to which they cod come. '  s not unusual to see a sizeable group of people studying, reading or just --browsing through the shelves. .: It's certainly much more comfortable here. The old library didn't have the room to accommodate the people." she explained. "The design and decor and spaciousness is very pleasing to the general community and to the staff as well. It's very well designed and functional. We're completely pleased with everything about it. The openess is such ' a contrast from the old building. Here we can see everything." : The spaciousness of the , new building enables the staff ' to present a varied variety of i programs for all ages. Right now the library is sponsoring two programs, , one a pre-school storytime on Monday at 1 p.m. ; The other is a once-a-month program showing family films. It is usually held on ' Thursday evening at 7 p.m. There are four people who ', staff the library, Patti Lewis, ' Librarian, Cynthia Williams, library assistant, Marian Zagorites and Mary Lou ' Nicol-etti, library technicians, who share one full time job. i "It is very gratifying to see the increased usage of the library by all ages. It's wonderful to see students, Michael and Crystal Squires enjoy the friendly library and checking out books from the large children's selection. young children and senior citizens all together, getting full benefit of the services." Lewis added. Two years ago the county library suffered a 45 percent cut in its book budget alone and that cut was passed on to the regional branches However, it has been restored to 80 percent now. "It looks like again this year we will be left hanging until the last minute." Lewis said. According .to Lewis the budget worries continue to exist. The problem is that they get their money from the county supervisors the supervisors have to get the money from the stae. Already the cutbacks suffered by the library system two years ago have affected the normalcy of the library operation throughout the county. Previously at least 95 percent of library funding had come from property taxes. Prop. 13 changed that, however, and funding is very much up in the air. Last year, funding came from the state surplus momes which were distributed to the various counties in California. Supervisors in turn, allocated those monies to the various departments of the county including the libraries. The library was forced to cut the total library system back to 80 percent of its operating level. That cut- back means among other things, the loss of extra staff, including shelvers. Because the shelvers are gone all county libraries have become totally dependent on volunteers. "We especially appreciate three things from the public - book donations, contributions of money (both are tax deductible) and the help of volunteers." Lewis said. Despite cutbacks and shortages in some areas, the library's service is in- valuable. The remarkable increase in circulation, new registration and reference queries point to its im- measurable value. Mary Lou Nicoletti, librarian technician, is shelving books while a local student studys. .+ Librarian Patti Lewis has been Cloverdale's librarian for three years. Students. young children and seniors all benefit from the library services. The library is now sponsoring a pre-school story time on Mondays at ! p.m. A large selection of newspapers and ma for all to read. The library's circulation has increased approximately -!00 percent since it opened a little over a year ago. n't forget - ecretaries Week April 20-26 , ! 0000EC00eTa0000ES Show her you appreciate the job she does for you. With a thoughtful gift of flowers. Just call r stop in. We'll fashion a bouquet that's perfect for her. JtTalJl S FLORIST 470 S. Cloverdale Blvd. \\; llelping you ,ay il right Library Lines By PAT LEWIS This week is National Library Week-a special time for librarians and library users to step back and look at their libraries. It is a time to celebrate what has been accomplished and to see what can be done in the future. It is also a time to show concern and communicate that concern about the future funding of this public in- and stitution. Motivated com- getting Ill munity support was the main using the ingredient in creation of this open library-we still need that support to continue As the Cloverdale Regional Branch moves into its second year of operation in its new building, we have seen many changes. The circulation of books and materials has almost doubled, reference use has almost quadrupled, (Monday mornings h added ) vices as materials- "Family attract audiences children'S FRESH AS BREAD OF THE DAY Dutch Crunch Thurs. - Rye Tues. - Egg Bread Fri. -Onion Bread Wed.- Herbal Bread # (All Breads Available ANY DAY by Special OrderY These Breads Available EVERY DAY - Wh ite Wheat Pocohant is Ecology Sour French ; Watch for our "Sunrise 50 , S00ecials" every morning Just Cloverdale Bakery 122 East First Street 894-4329