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A good library will lead to smarter kids

Friends of the Library, by Pam McAdoo

Since mid-August, when Stephen Krashen gave a presentation to the Truckee Elementary School staff, I have heard from several teachers about the inspiring and enlightening presentation he gave on literacy and reading.

Krashen is the nation’s foremost expert on second language acquisition, and has done an enormous amount of research on literacy, reading, and language. The teachers I spoke with were perhaps most impressed with the simplicity of Krashen’s message: we learn to read by reading and we can only read if we have access to reading materials.

Krashen’s research shows a strong correlation between the quality of school and public libraries and reading test scores. As California residents well know, our state seems to put little emphasis on the quality of libraries.

Krashen cites evidence supporting the fact that California’s school libraries are among the worst in the nation. California spends about half of what other states spend on school libraries and California has the fewest school librarians in the county.

Until very recently, Truckee’s Public Library was in pathetic shape, with no permanent staff, no budget for the purchase of new books, and minimal hours of service.

That changed when the population of Truckee carried the countywide passage of Measure B, to bring funding to the libraries in our county system by implementing a one-eighth percent sales tax in Nevada County.

Anyone who has visited the Library in the past couple of years can attest to the fact that our public library is new and revitalized, with more and better programs for children, free Internet access, and perhaps most importantly, a huge infusion of new books, audiotapes, periodicals, videos, and newspapers.

And just in time, says Krashen. An increase in the national rate of child poverty means that there are fewer reading materials available in poor homes. People who read more are better readers. They develop better writing styles, and larger vocabularies. They spell better, and have better control of complex grammatical construction.

So keep reading! And read aloud to your children of any age. And remember to stop into the Library every now and then, to find bestsellers, picture books and chapter books for children, fiction and non-fiction for teens, research materials, and a huge variety of fine literature, both classic and contemporary.

For more information about Stephen Krashen, visit http://www.languagebooks.com, and click on “articles.”

Book Donations

Thanks to all who donated used books to make our annual book sale fund-raiser a huge success in August. The sale of used books continues on the shelf in the Library foyer year-round. Because of space constraints, we are only able to accept small amounts of used books in excellent condition at this time. We appreciate your support.

Truckee Library Meeting

County Librarian Francisco Pinneli will hold a meeting Wed. Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee Library to give an update on Truckee Library Services and Expenditures. The public is welcome to attend.

Library Hours:

Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special programs for Children:

“Between the Lions,” October 3 – November 21 (Tuesdays), 4 p.m. at the Library, for ages 4-7

Regular Childrens Programs

Saturday Morning Storytelling, for ages 3 to 7

Saturdays, 10:30 at the Library with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool, starts September 9

Multi-Cultural Storytime for ages 3 to 5

Fridays, 10:30 at the Library, starts September 22

Toddlertime for ages 3 and under

Tuesdays, 10:30 at the Library, starts September 26

Third Thursday Evenings of Fun

Third Thursday of each month, beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Library, September 21 – Teddy Bear’s Picnic, for ages 3-6

Now on display at the Library:

– Over the fireplace: “Lili Damati,” drawing by Nina Ski

– In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt and pepper shakers; Dave Borgmeyer’s antiques

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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