A library for the ages
by By Joe Shreve
Jun 21, 2011 | 5911 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With library staffers and members of the Scotts Valley City Council looking on, Elizabeth Walch, President of the Scotts Valley chapter of the Friends of the Library, adresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony at the new Scotts Valley Library on Saturday June 8, 
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With library staffers and members of the Scotts Valley City Council looking on, Elizabeth Walch, President of the Scotts Valley chapter of the Friends of the Library, adresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony at the new Scotts Valley Library on Saturday June 8, Joe Shreve /Press Banner
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Scotts Valley City Councilman Jim Reed, who serves as Scotts Valleys Representative on the Library Joint Powers Board, addresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony at the new Scotts Valley Library site on Saturday, June 18
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Scotts Valley City Councilman Jim Reed, who serves as Scotts Valleys Representative on the Library Joint Powers Board, addresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony at the new Scotts Valley Library site on Saturday, June 18 Joe Shreve/ Press Banner
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Library Director Teresa Landers, right, hands Scotts Valley City Manager Steve Ando $2, paying thwe first two years lease on the property of the new Scotts Valley Library at it's grand opening on Saturday, June 18
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Library Director Teresa Landers, right, hands Scotts Valley City Manager Steve Ando $2, paying thwe first two years lease on the property of the new Scotts Valley Library at it's grand opening on Saturday, June 18 Joe Shreve/Press Banner
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Three year old Scotts Valley Resident James Breeden signs up for a library card with the help of his sister Corry,11, at the Grand Opening of thenew Scotts Valley Library on Saturday, June 18
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Three year old Scotts Valley Resident James Breeden signs up for a library card with the help of his sister Corry,11, at the Grand Opening of thenew Scotts Valley Library on Saturday, June 18 Joe Shreve/Press Banner
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The Scotts Valley Library is officially opened after the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday June 18.  Helping cut the ribbon are, from left. Stephany Aguilar, Joey Thompson, Theanne Specht, Jim Reed, and Teresa Landers. Joe Shreve/Press Banner
The Scotts Valley Library is officially opened after the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday June 18. Helping cut the ribbon are, from left. Stephany Aguilar, Joey Thompson, Theanne Specht, Jim Reed, and Teresa Landers. Joe Shreve/Press Banner
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Several decades of planning and hard work came to fruition Saturday morning as Scotts Valley’s new library at long-last opened its doors to the public.

Several hundred people were on hand to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony as community members, library staffers and city officials dedicated the 13,150 square foot modernized facility on Kings Village Road.

“This is truly a remarkable time for Scotts Valley,” said Mayor Dene Bustichi to the waiting crowd. “When you come inside and see this library, you’re going to see some real jewels.”

Bustichi said that the facility, located at the site of the former Scotts Valley Roller Rink on Kings Village Road, is the first part of the city’s incubating town center project.

“This is Phase One of the town center,” Bustichi said.

The library building is owned by the city’s redevelopment agency and is being leased to the library system at the rate of $1 per year. As part of the opening ceremonies, Santa Cruz Public Libraries Director Teresa Landers presented City Manager Steve Ando with two new dollar bills to pay for the library’s first two years.

“It was your tax dollars that made this possible,” Bustichi said to the crowd.

The library itself is a sleek design which features a fireside room, study rooms, computer stations as well as dedicated activity areas for children and teens.

As a tribute to the former roller rink which was housed in the building, Landers said, a disco ball is planned for the ceiling in the teen area.

City Councilman Jim Reed who serves as Scotts Valley’s representative on the Library Joint Powers Board said that the library would not have been possible without the support of the people of the city.

“This library is about community,” he said.

Reed said that it was the community backing, particularly from the Scotts Valley Chapter of the Friends of the Library, which allowed such a modern facility to be possible. “This was done on an extremely limited budget,” Reed said.

According to their Web site, the group has raised close to $200,000 to “personalize” and furnish the library. One fundraiser was to sell personalized engraved bricks to the community. The bricks are displayed in the courtyard outside the main entrance.

Elizabeth Walch, president of the Friends of the Library, also lauded the community effort.

“This is really an example of how a city and its citizens can come together,” she said.

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Propane Tank Plaque
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June 24, 2011
will read, here, in this hole, is the hopes and dreams of unwary homeowners who trusted the council to protect them. With this relocation, adjacent business has fled to safer locations away from the hazards, taking their payrolls with them. Property owners across the freeway, will be left with uneducated reassurances from figureheads who could not foresee dangers where technically educated warned of risk. Just another burden on taxpayers.
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June 23, 2011
“It was your tax dollars that made this possible,” Bustichi said

Is that why the Council Members get a big plaque by the front door? It should be thanking the taxpayers and the individuals that challenged their initial plan. They sure like to put their hand into your pocket and take all the credit.

Here is the new sign the way it should read.

"Friends of the Scotts Valley Library thanks the entire community for their support in money, resources, time and involvement. Together anything is possible."

See that wasn't that tough, and it gives the kids a lesson on being selfless for the sake of others.



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