Saving the Duncan/Traner Community Library
"A library is a poor man's university." —
Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas

STILL ADVOCATING FOR EDUCATION (5-16-2012) — George Hardaway, a retired educator and NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112 education committee member, addresses the Washoe County Library Board in a packed hearing room at the Reno Town Mall facility. NAACP leaders and members mounted a successful campaign to keep libraries open. At the table, left to right, are Library Board Administrative Secretary/Supervisor Rocky Badolado, Library Director Arnold Maurins and Board Chair Dr. Al Stoess.

June 18: Library board reviews new deal on public access to school libraries
Daily Sparks Tribune / 7-15-2012

Morrison & Maurins: M&M's hard to swallow
Seventh in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

"80 percent of success is showing up" — Woody Allen / SO SHOW UP!

If you can't attend, here is contact info for county officials. Do it.

blarkin@washoecounty.us (Commission Chair Bob Larkin/775-328-2005)
jbreternitz@washoecounty.us (Commissioner John Breternitz/775-328-6110)
dhumke@washoecounty.us (Commissioner David Humke/775-328-2067),
kjung@washoecounty.us (Commissioner Kitty Jung/775-328-2064)
bweber@washoecounty.us (Commissioner Bonnie Weber/775-328-2006)
ksimon@washoecounty.us (County Manager Katy Simon/775-328-2000)

Commissioners by Fax: (775) 328-2037
Commissioners via U.S. Mail: P.O. Box 11130, Reno NV 89520-0027

Washoe County Library Board of Trustees
E-mail libraryboard@washoecounty.us

The Washoe County Library Board of Trustees next meets on June 20, 2012, 4:00 p.m. PDT
South Valleys Library and Gallery / 15650-A Wedge Parkway / Reno 89511

oredoc67@att.net (Dr. Alfred Stoess, Chair)
flokken@tmcc.edu (Dr. Fred Lokken, Vice-Chair)
trustee@washoelibraryfriends.org (Trustee Anna Jane Zarndt, liaison to Friends of Washoe County Library)
Tom Cornell, James Umbach

amaurins@washoecounty.us (Library Director Arnold Maurins/775-327-8340)

Friends of Washoe County Library
treasurer@washoelibraryfriends.org (Lois A. Crocker)
friends@washoelibraryfriends.org

Major media scramble the facts: Here's the straight story
Superintendent Morrison muzzles staff, cancels rally
The May 8 meeting at Duncan/Traner was closed at the last minute.
Representatives of the NAACP, KRNV TV-4, KOLO TV-8 and the Reno Gazette-Journal were barred.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Glenn Duncan Elementary Principal Susan Kehoe: Library critically needed
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-7-2012
Superstats Superintendent Morrison immediately ordered everyone to shut up

IMPORTANT DATES: Show up to oppose library cuts

     The Northeast Reno Neighborhood Advisory Board meets at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14 in the Tuscarora Room of the Evelyn Mount Center (formerly YWCA), 1301 Valley Road, Reno.
     The Washoe County Commission meets Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the county complex, Ninth and Wells in Reno. Speak during public comment and ask the commission not to gut the library. Final budget decisions happen Monday, May 21.
     The Washoe County Library Board of Trustees meets at 4:00 p.m on Wednesday, May 16 at the Sierra View Branch at Reno Town Mall, S. Virginia at Peckham. Please show up and speak. They will implement any shutdown decisions at their 4:00 p.m. June 20 meeting at the South Valleys Branch (the big avant-gardey yellow space-shippy place visible from from the highway), 1650-A Wedge Parkway.

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."Woody Allen / SO SHOW UP!

School library in chronically underprivileged area faces closure
Glenn Duncan Elementary / Traner Middle School library only open five extra hours a week now
Verdi library in similar danger
Reno Gazette-Journal 4-17-2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: The above-linked RGJ story states that the library is now open only five hours per week. Actually, it opens during all regular school hours for students. The five additional hours at issue are from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, reflecting hurtful reductions over the past several years. Worse, if the Library System pulls out, the Duncan/Traner Community Library could lose two-thirds of its resources, including books and computers.

School district scratches rally to save Duncan/Traner library

RENO, Nev., USA [Sunday 5-6-2012 10:54 p.m. PDT] — A rally to save the Duncan/Traner library, scheduled for Monday, May 7, has been scratched.

Outgoing Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison put the event on hold late Friday after concerned educators had distributed a news release about the event. Media ran the story on Sunday, May 6.

Staff now awaits a meeting with Washoe County Library Director Arnie Maurins scheduled for 7:30 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, May 8, at the Duncan/Traner Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, Reno.

"I do not believe the meeting is closed and welcome you to attend if you are so inclined," one teacher wrote.

We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused by the previous posting. KRNV TV-4 has told organizers that they will correct the story starting with their next newscast.

Here is the original memo distributed by concerned staff to the community and media. An order from Superitendent Morrison has since been promulgated muzzling all staff and ordering that community organizing activity cease —>

May 3, 2012

Reno Community Members:


We are writing on behalf of the Duncan/Traner Community Library located at 1650 Carville Drive in Reno. I'm sure you have heard that our library is facing the possibility of losing its joint-use with Washoe County. This would result in the library becoming a Glenn Duncan Elementary School library only, with no opportunity for the community to have access to this valuable neighborhood resource.

The Duncan/Traner library provides our community with full access to the Washoe County Public Library System's data bases and materials. This includes a collection of over 25,000 items including books, DVDs, music CD, graphic novels and periodicals for all age groups. The library also has 12 computers with internet and word processing capabilities.

While thousands of books are checked out at this library each week, this special library provides so much more than reading material! It also offers a safe haven for hundreds of our neighborhood kids who would otherwise have no safe, structured environment to spend their time. We do not want the streets to be their only option.

The library is used as a primary source for many our students to access the internet. Most of our students do not have computers in their homes and rely entirely on the library to complete their homework assignments. We talk the talk of closing the achievement gap, and the Duncan/Traner library helps to do just that. By providing access to literacy and technology, our library helps to level out the playing field, giving our students the opportunity to excel both academically and socially.

The closing of the Duncan/Traner Library would have a rippling, negative effect on many, many families in our neighborhood and our surrounding communities.
[Emphasis added.]

Would you please join us on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 as we hold a "Save the Duncan/Traner Library Rally". We have invited members of the media and would love for you to join us to help get the word out about the powerful, positive impact that this special library has on our community.

Sincerely,

Glenn Duncan Elementary Staff

EDITOR'S NOTE: The downtown Reno main branch is the closest public library to Glenn Duncan Elementary and Traner Middle schools. It is miles away, effectively unavailable to many students who have no transportation. The main library's budget and hours have also been substantially curtailed. One insider said that staff harbors no hopeful expectations about the Tuesday morning redeye meeting. The timing is curious, as it will of necessity need to be shortened as teachers will need to get to class.

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." — Woody Allen / SO SHOW UP!

School library in chronically underprivileged area faces closure
Glenn Duncan Elementary / Traner Middle School library only open five extra hours a week now
Verdi library in similar danger
Reno Gazette-Journal 4-17-2012
EDITOR'S NOTE: The above-linked RGJ story states that the library is now open only five hours per week. Actually, it also opens during all regular school hours for students. The five additional hours at issue are from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, reflecting hurtful reductions over the past several years. Worse, if the Library System pulls out, the Duncan/Traner Community Library could lose two-thirds of its resources, including books and computers.

We don't need no education
The continuing series on Nevada's debilitated and debilitating education system and NAACP efforts to help wherever we can

 

 

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