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Save the Duncan Community Library from closure
Save the Duncan Community Library Committee

Duncan Library Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. on first Thursdays at
Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, Reno NV 89512

9-3-2015: At today's Save the Library Committee meeting, Washoe Library Director Arnold Maurins stated definitively that all plans to scuttle the Duncan Library have been scuttled. It was noted from the floor that notwithstanding recent Reno News & Review and Reno Gazette-Journal reportage that the library has been saved, it has so far been just kind words from two commissioners with nothing passed at the commission level. Mr. Maurins stated that "it's the (Library) Board's call, not the commissioners," and that he has dropped all plans.

We have developed some good potential permanent funding sources for the library and perhaps a new community resource center to be located thereat, which means more work for the future. We have thus set regular meetings for 5:15 p.m. on first Thursdays. Thanks to everyone who supported keeping the multi-purpose facility open. Well done.

BACKPACKS ARE BACK —>
MORE FREE BACK-T0-SCHOOL BACKPACKS FROM "SAVE THE DUNCAN LIBRARY" CAMPAIGN distributed at 3:00 p.m. Aug. 20, 2015

BBQ AND BACKPACKS (8 Aug. 2015) —Branch members at the Backpacks and BBQ event at the Duncan Library. Left to right (unidentified lady, please let us know), Branch President Patricia Gallimore, longtime Branch member and library co-founder Darryl Feemster, Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung and Save the Library Committee member Tim Feutsch. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

Duncan branch library to stay
A major step forward — but the work of the Branch is not over
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-13-2015

Special Library Open House Saturday 8 August 2015, 11:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m. 1650 Carville Drive, Reno
"We are on the road to a library open house and back to school celebration at the Duncan Community Library on August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have back to school supplies, food and more but we need people willing to help. Please let me know if you know of anyone that will come out to make it a great day for our community's youth. Please call me at 775-722-4303. I really need people to help get the word out so give me a call." — DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

FINAL PLANNING MEETING FOR AUGUST 8 EVENT ON AUG. 6
"OK folks, it is time for the library and school opening event.  Please come to our final planning meeting before our big Saturday event.  We will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 6.  This a great opportunity for everyone to see the facility and make all the final plans for Saturday.  Please come out I will try to get us in and out in less then a hour.  Thanks to Frankie and Mrs. Jones for coming out on Saturday and helping clean up around the outside.  We have everything lined up for a great event this weekend.  Please e-mail me to let me know if you can make it or call me at 775-722-4303.  Thanks for all you do for our youth and community." DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

Letter from Friends of Duncan Library Chair Feemster to the Washoe County Library Board (pdf.)

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BOOKSMARTS AND SPAGHETTI


Pasta for Diplomas: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (2680 E 9th St., Reno) to help students raise money to participate in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. In collaboration with the Washoe County School District and other organizations, NOW offers a free college prep program to students in the eighth through twelfth grades. It includes ACT, SAT and essay writing instruction through a series of Saturday workshops.  NOW is a comprehensive college prep program that coaches motivated students through the college search and application process. To help broaden students’ college-planning horizons, the program will culminate with visits to HBCUs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC in March, 2016. Advanced tickets are $25 per person. Click here to reserve tickets. Donations are welcome.

College students recruited to aid neighborhood children.

Reno News & Review 11-5-2015 (By Dennis Myers) — HELPING HANDS: City youth/senior parks manager Darryl Feemster Sr. met at the Mount Community Center last week with University of Nevada, Reno students to recruit them for a program at the Duncan neighborhood library branch. Truckee Meadows Community College students are also welcome. The students would work with neighborhood children with schoolwork or other problems they might be having. These are paid positions and several students filled out applications and security check forms at the meeting. Those interested in applying can email FeemsterD@Reno.gov


On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Committee to Save the Duncan Community Library hosts a pasta feed for those willing to sign up as volunteers to preserve and expand the multi-purpose facility.

Twenty years ago, Darryl Feemster rallied former NFL players and local leaders to build the facility which has recently suffered recessionary budget cuts and threats of closure. (Public officials always cut services for the disabled and libraries first. Why?)

The Duncan Library serves the neighborhood in addition to the adjacent elementary school.

The event begins at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Evelyn Mount Community Center (the long-ago YWCA) at 1301 Valley Road. To attend and volunteer, RSVP at (775) 657-4600.

From Barbwire by Barbano, Sparks Tribune 10-27-2015


BREAKING NEWS: Washoe Library Director Arnold Maurins: All plans to scuttle Duncan Library have been dropped



8-19-2015
AUG. 20 MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Darryl Feemster, Sr., Reno-Sparks NAACP
Chair, Friends of the Duncan Library
(775) 722-4303 <realdkf62@yahoo.com>

Patricia Gallimore, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 846-2952 <patriciagallimore1@gmail.com>

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 882-TALK <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>

BACKPACKS ARE BACK —>
MORE FREE BACK-T0-SCHOOL BACKPACKS FROM "SAVE THE DUNCAN LIBRARY" CAMPAIGN distributed at 3:00 p.m. Aug. 20

BBQ AND BACKPACKS (8 Aug. 2015) —Branch members at the Backpacks and BBQ event at the Duncan Library. Left to right (unidentified lady, please let us know), Branch President Patricia Gallimore, longtime Branch member and library co-founder Darryl Feemster, Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung and Save the Library Committee member Tim Feutsch. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

RENO, NEV. (Aug. 20) — The Reno-Sparks NAACP and Friends of the Duncan Library will distribute more back-to-school backpacks at 3:00 p.m. today at the library, 1650 Carville Drive, Reno.
     On Aug. 8, the organizations hosted a back-to-school open house offering free backpacks filled with school and library supplies for the first 100 library card holders who attended. A BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs followed.
     Demand exceeded supply, with 115 distributed. Today, those who signed up on a waiting list will pick up their materials.
     "We are extremely grateful to Washoe County Family Court Judge Frances Doherty for funding the backpack distribution," stated library co-founder Darryl Feemster, Sr.
     Responding to the second threat of library closure in three years, Feemster and members of the Reno-Sparks NAACP formed Friends of the Duncan Library. It is the only multi-use facility in the lowest income part of Reno. Feemster recruited a wide range of community groups for the committee.
     Washoe County Library Director Arnold Maurins tried to pull out of the joint operating agreement in 2012 and has been attempting to do so again. Closing the Duncan and Verdi mixed-use libraries jeopardizes $450,000 in grant funding. (Reno Gazette-Journal 8 July 2015)
     The Maurins administration removed the library's copier earlier this month. It was replaced by an antiquated mothballed machine from Duncan Elementary. Duncan and Verdi are the only mixed-use libraries in the county system with no wireless Internet service.
     Washoe County Commissioners Marsha Berkbigler (R) and Kitty Jung (D) have pledged support to keep the Duncan facility open and work to expand its hours.
     "A library is a poor man's university," Nevada State Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, famously said while pushing library construction funding two decades ago.
     Responding to the need in 1997, a group of local activists and ex-NFL players, led by Reno-Sparks NAACP member Darryl Feemster, Sr., and former UNR football star Charvez Foger, raised money to build the small library between Glenn Duncan Elementary and Traner Middle School. Almost all students there qualify for free lunches because of low family incomes.
     "Under-utilization is again being cited as justification," Darryl Feemster said earlier this month, "but the public only has access five hours per week. The library system owns three-quarters of the library's assets, so a crippling pullout is tantamount to closure," he added.
     'The community needs expanded hours so that the facility can do what it was founded to do," he noted.
     The history of the Duncan Library may be accessed at RenoSparksNAACP.org/
     The Reno-Sparks Branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization was founded in 1944.
     The Reno-Sparks NAACP's 70th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Circus Circus in Reno. Presidential candidates are welcome.

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Duncan branch library to stay
A major step forward — but the work of the Branch is not over
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-13-2015

Special Library Open House Saturday 8 August 2015, 11:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m. 1650 Carville Drive, Reno


8-6-2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Darryl Feemster, Sr., Chair
Friends of the Duncan Library
(775) 722-4303 <realdkf62@yahoo.com>

Patricia Gallimore, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 846-2952 <patriciagallimore1@gmail.com>

Lonnie Feemster, NAACP National Voter Fund
(775) 722-0042 <lonnielfeemster@netscape.net>

SAVING TWO ENDANGERED SPECIES
NAACP CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT & LOCAL "SAVE THE LIBRARY" CAMPAIGN
Back-to-school open house this Saturday 8-8-2015 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

BRAIN TRUST (6 Aug. 2015) — Save the Library Committee members leave the Aug. 6 organizational meeting at the Duncan facility. Clockwise left to right are library co-founder and Committee Chair Darryl Feemster, longtime Librarian Marilyn Jones, Mary Cooper, Don Gallimore, Patricia Gallimore, Tim Feutsch, Andrew Barbano and two Gallimore grandchildren learning how to demonstrate at an early age. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

RENO, NEV. (Aug. 6) — President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago today. Among the top five most-important pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress, it survives weakened and endangered as Jim Crow has come out of retirement.
     Locally, the only public library in the poorest part of Reno is under threat of closure. The NAACP response is the same for both: education.
     "Supreme Court undercutting of the Voting Rights Act has resulted in accelerated voter suppression activity in many states, including Nevada," stated Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore.
     "Nevada's chief election officer, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, pushed oppressive voter i.d. legislation while in the state senate," Gallimore added.
     Responding to the second threat of library closure in three years, members of the Reno-Sparks Branch formed Friends of the Duncan Library. It is the only multi-use facility in the lowest income part of Reno.
     This Saturday, Aug. 8, the organizations will host a back-to-school open house with free backpacks filled with school and library supplies for the first 100 library card holder/students who attend. A BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs will be served.
     "We hope to sign up at least 100 with new library cards,' Darryl Feemster said.
     "And register anyone old enough to vote," stated Lonnie Feemster, Nevada State Director for the NAACP National Voter Fund.
     "There is no better way to celebrate this golden anniversary," Lonnie Feemster added.
     Washoe County Library Director Arnold Maurins tried to pull out of the joint operating agreement in 2012 and is attempting to do so again. Closing the Duncan and Verdi mixed-use libraries jeopardizes $450,000 in grant funding. (Reno Gazette-Journal 8 July 2015)
     "A library is a poor man's university," Nevada State Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, famously said while pushing library construction funding two decades ago.
     Responding to the need in 1997, a group of local activists and ex-NFL players, led by Reno-Sparks NAACP member Darryl Feemster, Sr., and former UNR football star Charvez Foger, raised money to build the small library between Glenn Duncan Elementary and Traner Middle School. Almost all students there qualify for free lunches because their family incomes are so very low.
     Although the library board has not made any decision, the library's copy machine was removed last week and the facility has no wireless Internet service.
     "Under-utilization is again being cited as justification," Darryl Feemster said, "but the public only has access five hours per week. The library system owns three-quarters of the library's assets, so a crippling pullout is tantamount to closure," he added.
     "The community needs expanded hours so that the facility can do what it was founded to do," he noted.
     The Friends organization meets at 5:15 this evening, Aug. 6, at the Duncan Library, 1650 Carville Drive in northeast Reno. NAACP representatives will be available for media interviews.
     On August 1, the national NAACP began an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington D. C., to bring awareness of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and important community issues.
     The Reno-Sparks NAACP's 70th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Circus Circus in Reno. Presidential candidates are welcome.
     The  The history of the Duncan Library may be accessed at RenoSparksNAACP.org/
     The Reno-Sparks Branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization was founded in 1944.
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"JFK and LBJ: A Time for Greatness" re-runs on KNPB TV-5 at 4:00 a.m. Friday, 7 August 2015, and may be viewed via webstream at the station website. Future re-run times will be posted at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

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"We are on the road to a library open house and back to school celebration at the Duncan Community Library on August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have back to school supplies, food and more but we need people willing to help. Please let me know if you know of anyone that will come out to make it a great day for our community's youth. Please call me at 775-722-4303. I really need people to help get the word out so give me a call." — DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

FINAL PLANNING MEETING FOR AUGUST 8 EVENT ON AUG. 6
"OK folks, it is time for the library and school opening event.  Please come to our final planning meeting before our big Saturday event.  We will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 6.  This a great opportunity for everyone to see the facility and make all the final plans for Saturday.  Please come out I will try to get us in and out in less then a hour.  Thanks to Frankie and Mrs. Jones for coming out on Saturday and helping clean up around the outside.  We have everything lined up for a great event this weekend.  Please e-mail me to let me know if you can make it or call me at 775-722-4303.  Thanks for all you do for our youth and community." DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

Library closures could cost $450K in grant violations
By Trevon Milliard / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-8-2015

Letter from Friends of Duncan Library Chair Feemster to the Washoe County Library Board (pdf.)

Former Republican Assembly speaker supports library campaign
6-30-2015 — Former Nevada Assembly Speaker William "Bill" Bilyeu, R-Elko, has expressed his support of saving the community mixed-use libraries. "Please add my voice to the support to keep the library open. As a kid growing up in a small town, the little library that we had (manned by volunteers) was a special place for me. Often my rather meager allowance was taken up by fines for overdue books as at any given moment I had the maximum number of books on loan," Bilyeu wrote to the Branch. He served as speaker in 1985 and has practiced law in Reno in recent decades.

6-21-2015— Reno Gazette-Journal editorial: Don't rush to close Reno library

6-18 Barbano on TV-4: Library director is "duplicitous" about lack of impact.
Click here for the real impact.

See the re-run at 9:30 p.m. PDT on northwestern Nevada Charter cable channel 190 or view it online anytime at NevadaNewsmakers.com. It's also available via Charter On-Demand. Complete statewide re-run schedule: BarbanoMedia.com#times

Library director says closure plans move forward despite protests
By Trevon Milliard / Reno Gazette-Journal: 6-18-2015
The above article is fragmental. Branch President Patricia Gallimore is not described as such in the accompanying photo in the print edition and the caption is dropped entirely online. The headline and most of the article reflect Library Director Arnie Maurins' spin. Actually, the board told Maurins that his proposal was poorly researched. They admonished him not to bring the issue back until he had performed due diligence. He will try again next month. Freedom of information filings for financial data have been made by library supporters who hope that Mr. Maurins will also explain his new math and demonstrate how, by cutting 22 person-hours at Duncan and Verdi, he can generate 80 person-hours elsewhere.

6:10 p.m. PDT 6-17-2015: KRNV TV-4 has reported that the library board has tabled this issue until its July meeting. Good job, everyone — including Verdi residents.

Act today to once again save minority school library functions
The library board meets today all the way down in south Reno. Show up, call or e-mail.
As in 2012 before we protested, the Washoe County Library Board is looking to cut minority school library services.

"5a. New Business / For Possible Action: Direction to Staff to Pursue Termination of Two Interlocal Agreements Involving the Washoe County Library System, the Washoe County School District, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife, as Applied to the Joint-Use Libraries at the Duncan STEM Academy and the Verdi Elementary School."
WASHOE COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING AGENDA
Scroll down to item 5a on page 19

June 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m. PDT
South Valleys Library and Gallery / 15650-A Wedge Parkway / Reno 89511

(775) 327-8343
E-Mail Administrative Assistant Tamara Gaston

Washoe County Library Board of Trustees
Sara Sattler, Chair / Ms. Sattler is a Washoe County School District teacher
Dr. Alfred Stoess, Vice-Chair / oredoc67@att.net
John Kupersmith, retired librarian and photographer / jkup@washoe.lib.nv.us
Dr. Fred Lokken flokken@tmcc.edu / Dr. Lokken is a longtime Truckee Meadows Community College political science professor
Derek Wilson, Partner, Rubicon Design Group / dwilson@rubicondesigngroup.com
E-mail libraryboard@washoecounty.us

Friends of Washoe County Library
P.O. Box 7103
Reno, NV 89510-7103
(775) 324-5522
friends@washoelibraryfriends.org

County looks to close library in one of Reno's poorest neighborhoods
By Anjeanette Damon / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-17-2015

Déjà vu all over again—Maurins marauding just like 2012
Washoe County Library Director Arnie Maurins
Telephone: 775-327-8340
FAX: 775-327-8393
Email: amaurins@washoecounty.us

Blasts from the past
Morrison & Maurins: M&M's hard to swallow
"Commissioners and the county manager say they don't want to lose the facilities and that the impetus for gutting them is coming from Maurins who can cover his ass by saying that he's acting on recommendations from a now-defunct citizens advisory committee, a member of which told me last week that they only made up a list of options."
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Major media scramble the facts: Here's the straight story
"Back in 1997, a group of local activists and ex-NFL players led by Reno-Sparks NAACP stalwart Darryl Feemster and former UNR football star Charvez Foger raised money to build a library between Glenn Duncan Elementary and Traner Middle School. About 96 of every 100 students thereat qualify for free lunches because their family incomes are so very low."
Superintendent Morrison muzzles staff, cancels rally
The May 8 meeting at Duncan 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

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