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Meeting on New Library Building Tuesday January 22 at Burney Lions Hall

Update from New Library Now! Campaign

      On Tuesday, January 22nd at 6 p.m, at the Burney Lions Hall, Kim Niemer, head of Community Services for the City of Redding, will give an update on how we can make our new library a reality this year.

Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL) has been working with Kim, as a liaison between FOIL and the the County, and will explain the process of purchasing the new building. Progress has been made and this presentation will update our community on how this can be done.

After so many years of working towards this end we need your help in showing your support once again for this project.

The County has been holding the $400,000 from the windmill project that was earmarked to purchase a new building for a number of years. The right building is on the market. The seller has indicated real interest in selling to the County who will own and maintain the building. And after all your support and FOIL’s dedicated efforts we may finally see the fruition of our combined efforts.

Please plan to attend and get the specifics on how this could work and soon.

Any questions may be directed to Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or


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North State Giving Tuesday November 27

People can make online donations for North State Giving Tuesday at on Tuesday November 27 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. One hundred and seventy-nine non-profit organizations are participating  representing a wide variety of worthwhile causes.

Here is a flyer from Friends of the Intermountain Library that also lists some of the other local organizations.

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Appraisal for potential new Burney library building completed

At a meeting of Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) at the Burney Library on Tuesday September 4, Pat Pell, President, informed board members that the appraisal of the Roper Building on Main Street in Burney has been completed.

The building was appraised a $275,000 by Maureen Fuller, MAI of the City of Redding. The official 50-page appraisal of the building is an important step forward in discussions with the County Board of Supervisors.

On January 28, 2014, The Shasta County Board of Supervisors held a meeting to determine distribution of money from Hatchet Ridge Community Benefit Funds. At that meeting, the Board unanimously approved “a $400,000 one-time grant for a new Burney Library Project Capital Campaign, to be awarded to the Friends of the Intermountain Library upon completion of successful fund-raising.”

The exact amount of money designated as “successful fundraising” was not specified. The presumed understanding was that it would be an amount that would ensure successful performance of the project. The Board directed County Executive Officer Larry Lees to prepare the necessary grant agreements.

Currently, the asking price for the building is somewhat higher that the appraised value. FOIL is currently in discussion with representatives from the County, Library Systems and Services, and Kim Niemer who oversees the Shasta County Public Library Contracts. to explore options for closing the gap between the appraised value and the asking price.

Before the Board of Supervisors will approve use of the funds they want to be sure that FOIL has a plan in place that will meet all County codes, ensure a smooth transition to the new facility, and provide performance for all necessary services and functions. FOIL and its supporters are working diligently to make sure that their plan meets all of the County’s requirements.

According to the treasurer’s report FOIL has raised more than $150,000 in cash and pledges toward the project.

One time-sensitive issue that was discussed concerned the $25,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and Rotary International for a children’s section in the new library building. In order for the grant to remain viable, there must be an agreement for purchase signed by December 31.

Anna Tracy, from Library Systems and Services, said that youth services is one the most important components of the Shasta County Library System. She noted that they had just hired a new Youth Services person who will be working in both Redding and Burney.

In other business, Burney Library Branch Manager Deb Dean said that 64 children in the Burney area participated in the Read to Ride Program this summer. Children earn points by checking out and reading books. Children in the program checked out more than 700 books. Twenty-five children were awarded ride bracelets for the carnival at the Inter-Mountain Fair.

The Burney Library will switch to Fall/Winter hours, 9 a.m.-5 p,m, on October 1.

Bill and Linda Murray reported on the FOIL bookstore on Main Street that is open every Friday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Mr. Murray said that the store has been selling an average of about $100 per week. They have also received a $250 donation and $32.06 from Amazon Smiles. A motion was approved and passed for the store to purchase a safe indoor kerosene heater to heat the store so it can remain open during the winter, pending approval of the building owner Mike Kaiser.

If you would like more information please call Pat Pell 335-7236.

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Invocation to Shasta County Board of Supervisors Meeting September 12, 2017

This is the invocation for the September 12, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting at which FOIL made its presentation for release of funds for the purchase of a new building for the Burney Library.

I think that it was quite timely and well worth heeding.

The invocation is delivered by Dr. Art Tilles of Temple Beth Israel in Redding.


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Presentation by FOIL to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Meeting Sept 12 2017

On September 12, eleven people spoke to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors regarding the release of funds that the County has appropriated for a new building for the Burney Library. This video shows the entire portion of the Board of Supervisors regarding the library.

Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) has developed a plan for the purchase and renovation of a building on Main Street to house the library and expand library services for the intermountain Area.

Seven speakes from the Intermountain area made the trip to Redding to present the case for release of the funds. Four other speakers from the Redding area who have reviewed the plan developed by FOIL also spoke.

Afterwards the four County Supervisors who were present gave comments.

The Board then passed a motion to make the issue of funding for the Burney library an action item at a future regular meeting.

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New Library for Burney Now

Representatives from the Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) are going to the Board of Supervisors meeting on September 12 to request the release of $400,000 which was set aside from the Hatchet Ridge Wind Project for the purchase of a new library building in Burney. The meeting will be on September 12 at 9 a.m. in Redding. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The funds were set aside on condition that FOIL could raise adequate funds to be sure that the project can be completed. FOIL has raised over $140,000 in cash plus $20,000 in pledges and developed a plan to use volunteers and in-kind donations to accomplish the project.

If their plan is approved by the Board of Supervisors, FOIL intends to purchase the building at 37116 Main Street in Burney to house the new library. Shasta County will own the building. FOIL will take responsibility to renovate the building for use.

The old library building, located at 37038 Siskiyou Street, was built in 1969. It has 1700 sq. feet of space. The new building will have 4800 sq. feet. The larger space will enable the library to expand its collection of books, provide more room for children’s activities, add space for individualized instruction and computers, and create a venue for community meetings and activities.

The old library building does not meet current building codes. It is located in a flood plain. It does not provide adequate air-conditioning in the summer or heat in the winter. The fluorescent lighting is inefficient and seating is limited. Parking is insufficient. When it snows in winter, the library may be closed because the street is often not plowed until late afternoon or the next day.

The new building will be up to code, well air-conditioned and heated, and energy efficient. There will be adequate parking. Located prominently on Main Street, it will be one of the first areas for snow removal.

Shasta Public Libraries maintains three branches, the Redding Library, the Anderson Library, and the Burney Library. The purpose of the Burney Library is to serve the entire Intermountain Area of Shasta County including Big Bend, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Burney, Hat Creek, Cassel, and Fall River Valley.

A public library associated with the Shasta Public Library can provide many advantages for the community. According to Deborah Dean, Branch Manager at the Burney Library:

Being part of the Shasta Public Library system has many advantages. All patrons have access to information tools and resources selected by trained librarians, resources not available with just a “google search,” including online databases and eBooks. The shared collection means quality, up-to-date materials are available county-wide. Books not in the Shasta system can be ordered through a purchasing program called Zip Books. The staff is trained in library practices, reference and reader advisory. Reference questions are answered using a network of resources from the State, County & City libraries and colleges and universities. Shared resources also include shared program materials for children and adults.

Furthermore, FOIL hopes that with the expanded facility, the Burney Library will be able to make available to people in the Intermountain Area some of the valuable services offered by Shasta County Libraries such as adult literacy and computer classes and veterans services.

In order for FOIL’s plan to be accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the county needs to be assured that all liabilities would be met and state regulations regarding building codes and labor regulations would all be complied with. Plans for renovation would need to be designed by a licensed architect or civil engineer. Using volunteers and in-kind services involves developing a new paradigm of public and private cooperation. The county needs to be certain that performance will be assured.

FOIL is confident that they have adequate resources and a workable plan. They are willing to work with the County to make sure that all requirements are met.

In preparation for the meeting, FOIL is asking that people in the Burney and the surrounding Intermountain area to communicate their support for the new library. FOIL is circulating a petition supporting the release of funds for the purchase of the new building. They are also asking that individuals write a letter or send an Email supporting “New Library Now!” to:

County Executive Officer, Larry Lees
Shasta County Administrative Office
1450 Court St., Suite 308A
Redding, CA 96001-1680
Fax: (530) 229-8238 Phone: (530) 225-5561

and to members of the Board of Supervisors.

David Kehoe – District 1
Leonard Moty – District 2
Mary Rickert – District 3
Steve Morgan – District 4
Les Baugh – District 5

Contact All Supervisors:

1450 Court St., Suite 308B
Redding, CA 96001-1673
Phone: (530) 225-5557
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5189

FOIL is requesting that people also send a carbon copy, Bcc, of their Emails to

People can express their views on the benefits the new library will offer or just write a simple sentence expressing their support.

FOIL Board Member Melanie Kerns said, “The more individual signatures, Emails, and letters we get, the better!”

For more information contact Melanie Kerns 530-335-2056 or Mary Barr 530-335-3596.

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Burney Library Update

Here is an update on the Campaign for a New Library in Burney from Melanie Kerns, Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL):


The New Library Now! fund-raising campaign continues, and we are excited about some upcoming opportunities for everyone to help.

Our goal is to raise the necessary money to remodel the building at 37116 Main Street, currently owned by the Roper family and occupied by Rising Sun Fit Club. The Roper’s are committed to making the building available for purchase by the county (the sooner the better, of course). However, in the meantime, having the building occupied by a viable business is good for Burney, good for the Roper’s, and good for the Friends of the Intermountain Libraries (FOIL).

“Northstate Giving Tuesday” is an event sponsored by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. It is an on-line giving opportunity, with additional monies made available depending on our ability to interest donors in our cause. This will be a time when you can ask family and friends all over the state (country? world?) to help us here in Burney. More about this will be coming out over the next couple of months.

FOIL is most grateful for all of the support we have received to-date, and we ask that you continue that support for the duration of the project. This is going to be an exciting addition to “downtown Burney,” giving us a library to be proud of.




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