The decades-long fight for minority community libraries


Duncan Community Library Committee
meets at 5:15 p.m. on first Thursdays every other month (or at the call of the chair)
Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, Reno NV 89512

Next Duncan Community Library Committee meeting
Chairman Darryl Feemster has called a committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 1, at the library.
We need to build turnout for next month's Washoe County Library Board of Trustees meeting where expansion of the library's public hours will very probably be on the agenda.

Duncan Community Library Meeting
5:15 p.m. Thursday 4 August 2016 at the library

Duncan Community Library hours to increase

To: Reno-Sparks NAACP Duncan Library Committee

An increase in the Duncan Library hours is on the menu. (See below.) Attend and support if you can.

You can also welcome a new member to the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees, former Washoe County Commissioner and former chair of the Nevada Sierra Club, Jean Stoess.

She succeeds her husband Al because of term limits (i.e., time on the board, not as Jean's husband).

I've known these good folks for four decades. They are very patient people. I know, because they will still talk to me.

Welcome, Jean, and thank you, Al, for your distinguished service.

Be well. Raise hell. But stay cool.

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016, 4:00 P.M.
South Valleys Library
15650A Wedge Parkway
Reno, NV 89511
New Business For Possible Action: Approval of Revised Public Hours at the Duncan Traner Library Effective August 8, 2018

Special trustees meeting 8 JUNE 2016 4:00 p.m. at the library
Expanded summer hours will inform long-awaited future expansion of service

Committee Chair Darryl Feemster has called off the usual first Thursday meeting after receiving notice of a special meeting of the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees at the Duncan Library. (See below.)

We need people to show up and endorse their hiring extra staff to cover the library's expanded hours to take advantage of the City of Reno's summer reading and recreation program which will begin at Duncan Elementary on June 13.

"LBOT just needs to approve the hours," stated Library System Director Jeff Scott.

"We do have sufficient staffing for the summer. The summer hours will also help us make a better analysis of staffing going forward," he added.

This is critically important. The mixed-use library principally serves Glenn Duncan Elementary School and in recent years has only been open to the general public four hours per week. It is a matchless resource for the nearby northeast Reno community. Many of the senior residents have no automobiles to transport them to other facilities miles away.

Twenty years ago, Darryl Feemster rallied former NFL players and local leaders to build the facility which has suffered recessionary budget cuts and survived two threats of closure under the previous administration.

Library use during the summer expanded hours will inform future Duncan Library service levels.

As Woody Allen so famously said, "80 percent of success is showing up."

We look forward to seeing you. Stay cool.

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 / 4:00 P.M.
Duncan Traner Library / 1650 Carville Drive / Reno, NV 89512

New Business For Possible Action: Approval of Duncan-Traner Summer Public Hours Monday Through Friday, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, Starting on Monday, June 13, 2016, and Ending on August 5, 2016. Public Comment and Discussion Thereon — Three Minute Time Limit Per Person


Interview with new Washoe County Library System Director Jeff Scott
Reno News & Review / 1-21-2016

PHOTO: New director visits Duncan Library Committee meeting
Reno News & Review / 1-21-2016

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.


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

"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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