Lassen Library aims to add new titles to collection while Zip Book funding lasts

If you’ve got a book you’ve been dying to read or audio book you long to listen to but Lassen Library doesn’t have it in stock yet, now is your time to act!

The state funding for the Zip Book program is set to potentially expire May 31, Lassen Library assistant Suzi Larsen said, and the local library has to reach certain milestones in order to ensure what funding it has left over is used and not taken away. By Jan. 10, Lassen Library has to spend 50 percent of its allotment, and 75 percent by March 10.

However, thanks to the response by local readers following a Dec. 9 Facebook post, the program has already expended about 60 percent of its allotment as of Dec. 29.

“The response to the post has been fabulous,” Larsen said.

While the program funding may be ending this year, local readers still have a chance to ensure the book or audio book they want is added to the Lassen Library catalog.

If the titled desired is not in stock, and is under $34 on Amazon and is not a textbook, Lassen Library users can fill out a form and the desired copy will be mailed to their house. After reading the book, it’s to be returned to Lassen Library, cataloged and added to the library’s collection.

If local readers want to take part in the program while it lasts, they can check to see if the intended book is available either at Lassen Library, or through their online catalog at lassenlibrary.org.

For more information, call the Lassen Library at 251-8127.

The library is located at 1618 Main Street in Susanville and is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. They are closed on New Years Day.