You can still learn from books
Pahrump Community Library – A Valuable Town Resource
“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” Carl T. Rowan, American government official, journalist, and author
In today’s world of the internet and instant information, sometimes we forget that there are other resources available to us. Pahrump Community Library is one of those valuable assets and as one of the posts on their Facebook page says, “you never lose your signal with a book!”
It was originally called The Doris Shirky Community Library after the woman who founded it in 1978. Its mission is to “provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.”
In addition to providing access to books, audio books, VHS and DVD videos and movies, music CDs and cassettes, and computer games, you will also find large print collections, Spanish language collections, paperbacks for swapping and used books for sale. They have many programs for both adults and children, and if you have trouble finding reliable Internet, they provide a Wi-Fi hotspot.
They have an interlibrary loan program, so if they don’t have a book you want, they can find it elsewhere. Listening stations are provided so you can listen to your book in peace and a reader’s nook is also available. Need a room to hold a meeting? They have those too, so call and make a reservation.
Business services such as making copies or scanning, database access, faxing, notary, tax forms, and research assistance are also provided. They are equipped with computers connected to their Internet service for your use. You can sign up for one of their free computer classes too. They even have a typewriter you can use (for those of you who remember what that is). Some of these services come with a small fee. You can find the terms of their services on their website at PahrumpLibrary.com.
But offering resources is only one function this library performs. They also host musical programs, book clubs, craft seasons such as knitting, summer reading clubs, a Lego club, children’s programs such as storytelling and magicians, and they give access to learning centers. They also provide language classes for learning Italian and Spanish.
By participating in the Adult Learning Center, you can improve your math skills, learn to read more efficiently, polish up on your writing, speaking, and grammar abilities, and if desired, you can even study to become a U. S. citizen. This program also offers access to materials concerning career planning, school testing at various levels, high school equivalency and college prep information, and lots more. Interested in learning more about your ancestry and heritage? The library staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They are willing to help you find what you need.
One of the most successful groups within the library structure is the Pahrump Nevada Friends of the Library (FOL). This is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help the library with special projects. They raise funds for necessary items that are above the normal budget. Things like books, computers, printers, and other resources used by the library patrons. Over the last eight years, they’ve raised over $39,000 to help the library. Membership applications for this group can be found at the library. This membership not only allows you to attend the Friends 10 meetings during the year but also gives you a 10% discount on all books at the book sales.
At their meetings, they bring in speakers who lecture and lead discussions. Examples of former guests include local authors to discuss their latest books and others who talk about varying topics of interest. Past speakers have included Regina Zeitlin who shared her experiences while working for the border patrol. John Salacan discussed the pencil and the culmination of 5,000 years of development in writing, Dennis Suter talked about the many museums he has visited in his lifetime, and Phil Huff discussed the Lincoln collection which is at the Pahrump Valley Museum. It’s a great way to help the library and learn about other members of the community at the same time. They also hold two book sales a year which are their major fund raisers.
To obtain a Pahrump Community Library card, you need to show a valid Nevada driver’s license or Nevada ID or Student ID card. If your ID is from out-of-state, you’ll need to present proof of a current Nevada address, such as a bill, rent receipt, car registration or something of that nature. If you lose your card, you’ll be charged $1 to replace it.
If you are interested in some volunteer work, the library can always use the extra hands. Some of the opportunities available are shelving books and videos, dusting shelves, mending and cleaning books, rearranging and organizing shelves and other jobs that relieve the staff to help visitors find resources and answer questions.
The Pahrump Community Library is an important part of the community. Take advantage of what it has to offer. It’s more than just a place from which to borrow a book. Go visit to see all the resources they make available to help you research and learn. And remember, the next time you lose your internet while in the middle of some important research project, close your computer, go to the library, and grab a book.