Fallon, Nevada 89406
Churchill County Library
About the Library
A Brief History of the Churchill County Library
The history of the Churchill County Library stretches back to 1905 when Mrs. Callie Ferguson, Fallon’s postmistress, and Mrs. Mary Black operated the first lending library in the old post office. This was a place where the men who were working on Lahontan Dam could go to write letters to their families and to obtain reading material. In 1915, Mrs. George Williams started a “reading room” in the Wightman Building which was on the site where the Fallon Nugget now stands. In 1918, the Draper Club, a literary group, assumed responsibility for the room and moved it upstairs in the Wightman Building. The reading room stayed in this location until January 1920 when it was moved to the Woodliff Building. It was during this time Mrs. Mel Price became the first woman in Churchill County to be given the title librarian.
In 1925, a new state law was passed authorizing counties to become responsible for reading rooms in their jurisdictions. Mrs. Ethel Hoyt was appointed as the County’s librarian. During November 1932, the library was moved to 37 South Maine Street, next to the Fraternal Hall. Mrs. Hoyt resigned in 1940, and Mrs. Mary Martin was appointed as her successor. The next notable event in the library’s history occurred in 1957 when Librarian, Mrs. Dorothy Walker, cataloged the collection. Mrs. Walker was succeeded by Mrs. Frank Walquist, who was succeeded by Mrs. Dora Witt in 1960.
Dora saw a need for a larger library. The old building had become cramped and crowded, with no room for expansion. Her first step towards a new library was a bond issue, but it failed to garner the necessary votes. During the 1960’s the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation was granting monies to build libraries in rural areas. Dora applied for a grant, and was awarded $111,208. She also had support from the community. Soroptimist International of Fallon pledged $1,000, and the Friends of the Library set aside $1,500 towards the building fund. Churchill County purchased the lot of land, and Edward Parsons from Reno was retained as the architect. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held September 1966, and the dedication and grand opening was held in April 1967. The library finally had a permanent home at 553 S. Maine Street. The total cost to build the library in 1966/67 was just over $286,000. Through the generosity of the county, three parcels of land adjacent to the library, was purchased in October 2001, thereby enabling future expansion to the building.
Barbara Mathews became Director in 1987. During her tenure, the Ross Mortgage Company building was purchased in 2006. The library was given permission to utilize the building. The bookstore was moved into the front two rooms of the building and a Meeting Room occupies the back. The building was rechristened the Library Annex/Serendipity Corner. Friends of the Library hired local artist Cody Deegan to paint a mural on the front of the building to advertise the bookstore. Churchill County purchased the remaining lot on the block and the Library Board hired an architectural firm from Reno to draw a set of plans for a new library facility. These plans were completed in 2008. Barbara Mathews retired in 2012 having served the County for over 28 years.
Carol Lloyd was appointed Director that same year. It was decided to repurpose the existing building as library services had changed dramatically since the time the plans were completed 4 years prior. Resources are more readily available via downloadable means thus the need for additional physical space was diminishing. Collaborative Design Studios was contracted to provide plans. The Repurpose Project was completed in February 2015.
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Churchill County Parks and Recreation
- Care – After School – Tutoring
- Sum/Fun Summer Program
- Food Bank – Snacks for above programs
- Work with other agencies to refer people to other agencies
- Swimming – Activities they might not otherwise get to do
- Referrals from other agencies
- Utilize Children’s Cabinet
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Churchill County School District – Students in Transition Program
- To qualify- Students must be living as doubled up, in a shelter, hotel/motel, or unsheltered. (Information comes from Student Residency Questionnaires and from staff at the schools).
- Free/Reduced lunches
- PE uniforms
- School supplies
- Help with extra curricular school activities (band, sports, vocational programs, etc.)
- Currently 130 students qualify
- Referrals to other agencies for families
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Churchill County Social Services
- Changes discussed – emergency services assist with goal of stabilization – effective 1/1/13
- Comprehensive wrap-around service coordination for those seeking services
- Working together for one year and receiving up to $1,000 not eligible again for four year period
- Will enter into contract with Social Services and be required to complete many steps (budgeting, employment, TANF, SNAP, EAP, etc. to aid them in their effort to stabilize)
- New requirements – bank statements, utility bills, rental payment history are required with application
- Emergency assistance – deposits, utilities, gas, propane
- EAP intake
- Partnership with CEDA – Employment specialist to help develop jobs in the area
- Wage subsidy, employment training, clothing allowance, gas allowance
- Three housing programs – PATH Rooms, Short-term Program, Long-term Program
- Grant funding
Churchill County Social Services’ goal is to facilitate the self-sufficiency of program recipients.
Our emergency, temporary assistance programs provide for the health and welfare of eligible county residents. Individuals and families have opportunities to develop, grow, and prosper as valued, respected residents of the community. Our community is welcoming and responsive and offers opportunities and respect for all residents through:
- Active faith community
- Affordable housing
- Diverse economy
- Drug-free and safe living
- Family oriented services
- Informal support networks
- Livable wage jobs
- Quality education
- Recreational opportunities
- Skilled workforce
Learn more about the programs and services provided by the county to assist Churchill County residents in need:
- General Assistance Rent and Utilities
- Indigent Services
- Homeless Housing Assistance
- Public Guardianship
- Discount Prescription Program
- Low-Income Apartment & Food Program Referrals
- Holiday Services
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
24/7/365 Crisis Hotline
Call: (775) 784-8090
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line often serves as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information. Crisis can affect anyone at any time. The need for emotional support or referral assistance is something most individuals encounter at some point in their lives. Staff and volunteers are available 24/7/365 to help individuals discover the skills and resources that they uniquely possess that allow them to develop solutions to maximize self-sufficiency.
If people have the opportunity to talk while experiencing a crisis, the risk of harm to self or others is greatly diminished. Immediate support during a crisis has also been shown to greatly reduce occurrences of abuse and neglect. One of the biggest reasons why our callers appreciate our crisis lines is the anonymous and confidential nature of the free service available to ANYONE at ANYTIME in need of assistance. During times of crisis, people often feel more comfortable talking to someone they don’t know, enabling them to discuss feelings and concerns in a way that may differ from talking with friends and family members.
Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line is here to provide a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis. In addition to our 24-hour crisis hotline, we also offer crisis intervention through text messaging.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need immediate assistance, please dial: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
All calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are answered by local crisis centers belonging to the national network. Crisis Call Center is proud to be a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network.