Featured: Library Facelift in Amador County

Ione Branch of Amador County Library, California

[This article, written by Kati Corsaut, was first published in the Friends of the Amador County Library Newsletter]

Take one old, down-at-the-heels building housing a much-used branch library, four dedicated community groups, a local philanthropist, and dedicated public officials; mix in generous vendors and contractors who donated labor and materials; spend two months and $16,000 working 24/7 to demolish and rebuild, and what do you get? A brand new Ione branch library that will continue to serve the town and surrounding community for years to come.

In just two short months between May 5, when demolition began, until July 9 when the branch reopened, Ione’sdedicated volunteers rebuilt the library from the floor boards to the ceiling. Donnell Junes, branch library assistant and her daughters Gabrielle and Brittania, and others stepped up to decorate the space in inviting colors, comfortable seating areas that invite patrons to sit down and browse, and an enticing children’s section.

With the City’s cooperation and their building inspector’s oversight, 14 workers from Ione’s service clubs volunteered over 1,250 hours completing the Library facelift. Short Circuit Electric provided all of the labor and most of the materials to completely rewire the facility, upgrading the service panel and adding a local area network for the computers.

Mayor Ron Smylie, County Supervisor Richard Forester, and County Librarian Laura Einstadter

The community gathered July 19 to watch Mayor Ron Smylie, County Supervisor Richard Forester (who made this remodel one of his priorities) and County Librarian Laura Einstadter cut the ribbon to the new space.

Thanks to the Ione Rotary, Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 33, Friends of the Amador County Library, and many others who made this possible.

The Ione branch is open Monday (10-1), Tuesday (2-7), Wed (10-1), Thursday (1-5) and Friday 1-4.

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