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Curiosity and Learning Need Space

Burney Library Update and Press Release 12/20/2019

Sierra Pacific Foundation donates $25,000 for the new Burney Library

Sierra Pacific Industries announced a generous donation of $25,000 to the new Burney Library. “We are very grateful,” said FOIL President Pat Pell. “We want to thank Sierra Pacific Foundation for this important gift which coincides with the opening of escrow on the new building on Main Street. We will see our new library in 2020.”

The building, formerly Intermountain Physical Therapy, is more than double the size of the current library. The new, more prominent location is more accessible and will offer a wider array of programs and services including free high-speed internet connection, color printing, hot off the press collection, study rooms, and a community meeting room.

Sierra Pacific Industries operates a large sawmill in Burney employing close to 200 people. They are an enduring and generous community supporter. Sierra Pacific Foundation was founded in 1979 by A.A. "Red" Emmerson's father, R.H. "Curly" Emmerson. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused its charitable giving programs on local youth and community programs. Over the last ten years, the Sierra Pacific Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to “Growing Healthy Communities” by contributing nearly $10 million dollars to nonprofit organizations, public education institutions, and government entities in our operating communities throughout California, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, the Foundation has donated over $7 million dollars in education scholarships.

FOIL continues to raise money for the new library. Donations can be sent to FOIL at 37038 Siskiyou Street, Burney CA 96013 or made online at


TO:  All The Friends of the Burney Library
SUBJECT:  New Library Now Capital Campaign
Pledge Now—Pay Later

As you may be aware, the building in which our Burney Library resides is outdated and unable to fulfill our community’s library needs. A larger, more modern facility would help to solve these problems. In cooperation with Shasta County, we now have the opportunity to purchase a building on Main Street that would more than double the size of the Library. This would allow us to improve our Library services to all age groups—young children, teens, and seniors—and enable the Library to be a valuable
center for educational activities, literacy programs, computer resources, and just having a “good read.”

To make this happen, FOIL and the community need to raise approximately $450,000 to match the $400,000 the Shasta County Board of Supervisors has set aside for this project. While we will gladly accept donations now, what we most need at this time is a pledge from each of you to support this project to demonstrate to the Board of Supervisors that our community will enthusiastically back this venture.

Click on the link below to get the Pledge sheet. Please return it at your earliest convenience. Additionally, please do not hesitate to encourage your family, friends, and business associates to join in this effort. We thank you in advance for your generous support!

Melanie Kerns, President
Peter Johnson, Vice President
Pat Pell, Secretary
Jan Fensler, Treasurer
Mary Barr, Member-at-Large
Karen Churney, Member-at-Large
Adele Boster, Member-at-Large

Friends of the Intermountain Libraries, Inc. (FOIL)

How can I help?

  • Download the Pledge form pdf, and send in a pledge today
  • See if your friends are able to pledge
  • Get the word out to businesses & corporations

The time is now for a new Burney Library.


Serving the public is the number one priority for the Burney Library Branch; however, the age, size, and design of its current building severely limits its ability to effectively meet the needs of the community.

At 1,760 square feet, the one-room library lacks...

  • Space Definition
  • Private Meeting Areas
  • Air Conditioning
  • Adequate Seating
  • Sufficient Space for the Book Collection

Additionally, it is not visible from Main Street and is located quite a distance from the schools and the central part of Burney.

Expansion of the 45-year-old building, according to county officials, is not feasible.

FOIL, the Burney Branch Library, and Shasta County are working together to move the library to a new, modern, location which is expected to draw more than double the current number of visitors.

The Community

Shasta County’s leaders are supportive of this venture. In January 2014, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to set aside $400,000 for a new Burney Branch Library, leading FOIL to develop this New Library Now Capital Campaign. Both FOIL and Shasta County are committed to fulfilling this vision, but the project cannot succeed without the support of the entire community.

We need your help

Community support is vital to making this new building a reality. Your financial help will show that the intermountain region wants the library to grow. With grassroots support will come sponsorship funds, grants, and — ultimately — a, larger, more vibrant Burney Branch Library.