Railroad supports library with grant

$3,000 donation will go to American history section
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Colfax Library have garnered $3,000 for the Colfax Library. The grant comes from the Union Pacific Foundation. According to Gunda Pramuk, Colfax librarian, the funds are designated for the library’s American history section, in both non-fiction and fiction. “We are just starting a list that would deal with the Sierra foothills, the Gold Rush and the railroad, because we are a rail town,” Pramuk said. “It will be for juveniles as well as adults and children and non-fiction as well as biographies.” Materials will include videos, music and perhaps books on CD. In a letter announcing the grant, Robert W. Turner, Union Pacific Foundation president, said the organization is proud to support the Friends of the Colfax Library. “Union Pacific has a long-standing commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve and where our employees live and work,” Turner said. “Our vision is that Union Pacific employees will take pride in their company’s civic leadership and that our customers and shareholders will appreciate and recognize Union Pacific as an excellent corporate citizen.” Pramuk is excited about the grant and the materials it will enable the library to acquire. “I feel really blessed that we have the Friends who are willing to take it upon themselves to help create a more extensive collection,” Pramuk said. Friends of the Colfax Library members – including recently elected Friends president Charlene McShane, newsletter editor Pauline Nevins and fundraising committee chair Sue Carmichael – attended a check presentation March 23 at the Union Pacific facility in Roseville. While she has spearheaded a number of fundraisers for the library over six years, Carmichael gives credit to her fellow FOL members for making events and projects successful. “It’s a group effort,” Carmichael said. “It’s very important for us to bring in funds.” The Friends hold a book sale – weather permitting – in the library parking lot on the first Saturday of the month, have an ongoing quilt raffle, published a cookbook that is still available, sell FOL T-shirts, host pictures with Santa Claus as part of Winterfest activities, and in the past have also held a fashion show, a Reno trip, and talent shows. “Money we make all goes back into the library,” Carmichael said, to buy books, DVDs, books on tape, and children’s programs. According to Liisa Lawson-Stark, local Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific, the Union Pacific Foundation made $76,500 in grants to Placer County non-profits and granted a total of $300,000 throughout Northern California, from Kern County west to San Luis Obispo County north to the Oregon border.