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- SOLID FOUNDATION :  Library director Brian Reynolds (white shirt) is flanked by foundation board members Rick London (left in photo), Dan Bertozzi (immediate right), and Horace Morana. -
  • SOLID FOUNDATION : Library director Brian Reynolds (white shirt) is flanked by foundation board members Rick London (left in photo), Dan Bertozzi (immediate right), and Horace Morana.
San Luis Obispo County libraries circulated more than two million items last year; double the number from the previous year.  The number of people who received new library cards increased by 10 percent in 2009 and such online services as downloadable books rose 35 percent. Despite increased library use, budgets have been cut, impacting hours, staffing, and the purchase of new material. Brian Reynolds, director of the library, explained, “There is nothing I can do about the budget reductions.  We depend on our support groups to raise money while we identify where that money is most needed.”  The Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries, a group of 12 volunteers, is working to raise least $25,000 to help sustain the high quality of the library system at a time of unprecedented need.

Money raised by the foundation will broaden access to library resources when the buildings aren’t physically open. Unfortunately, the foundation’s charter does not allow the money raised to be spent on staffing, so extending library hours directly as a result of contributions is not possible. Instead, funds raised will boost the library’s virtual realm. Proposed programs include online magazine and newspaper subscriptions, eBooks, a book review service called BookLetters, and new audiobooks. In addition, “place request” fees will be subsidized. Moreover, workshops will make these high-tech resources accessible.

 There are 15 library branches in the county, including remote areas where the library functions as the sole cultural resource center. Donations will help establish wireless Internet at all local branches, among them San Miguel.

 The foundation believes strong libraries make strong communities. Send donations to the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries, P.O. Box 12942, San Luis Obispo 93406, donate online via slolibraryfoundation.org, or call 546-1392.

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The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society and the San Luis Obispo Library are offering a series of hands-on computer genealogy classes to help people research their ancestry. The first class will take place on Friday, March 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the computer lab on the second floor of the library at 995 Palm St. in SLO.

Intern Alycia Kiley wrote Strokes&Plugs this week.  Send your business and nonprofit news to strokes@newtimesslo.com.

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