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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community announcements

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Truckee Library kicks off reading program

The Truckee Library to kicked off its annual Winter Reading Program for children ages 5 and up on Dec. 9. Designed not to interfere with school projects and reading, the winter reading program is more low-key than its summer counterpart. Participants are encouraged to read a total of five to 25 books during a three-month period, which includes the Christmas/New Year’s break and Truckee’s ski/skate week. The range of the number of books is designed to personalize the winter reading program. A 5-year-old just learning to read may select the 25 book goal, which would include mostly picture books and easy readers, while a 12-year-old may opt for a five-book goal if the titles she or he prefers are 500-page tomes.

The program will run through the end of February. All participants will receive a theme bookmark and reading record to track their progress. Upon completion of the program, those who reach their reading goal will be awarded with a special book of their choosing, a themed book bag and completion certificate along with an invitation to an exciting after-hours party at the library.

Sign up for the Truckee Library’s “Chill Out and READ!” winter reading program, an excellent antidote to the screen-intensive world of television, computers, smart phones and video games.

Ladies Night to Benefit Tahoe Food Hub

Special Ladies’ Evening fundraiser for Tahoe Food Hub, Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m. at Tahoe Mountain Sports, 8331 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local nonprofit that works hard to bring nutritious foods grown on local, sustainable farms to the community and connect restaurants with food producers for a healthier and happier future. Visit

Spread literary cheer

Start sorting through those unused household books and put them to good use this holiday season. The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is hosting an inaugural Winter Book Drive and seeking new and used (but still usable) English and Spanish books for all ages and all reading levels. Donated books will be distributed to Tahoe and Truckee residents in an effort to promote reading at home. Parents may drop books at Alder Creek Middle School, Glenshire Elementary, North Tahoe School, Tahoe Lake Elementary, Truckee Elementary, North Tahoe High School or Truckee High School. Community members may bring books by the district office located at 11603 Donner Pass Road, near Truckee High School. Gift-wrapped boxes will be set up for donations at all sites. To arrange for pickup of a larger-size book donation, or for more information, contact Jess Alb at

Sign up for Sierra College spring classes

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee serves students throughout the North Lake Tahoe, West Shore and Truckee region. Registration for spring semester is open now. Classes begin Jan. 27 and the semester ends on May 24. Students can choose general education courses, AA degrees, transfer degrees and certificates in career and technical education. Signature programs include accounting, business administration, psychology, liberal arts, natural sciences, EMT training, administration of justice, human development (specifically early childhood) and Mechatronics.

The campus is located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. The cost is $46 per unit. Tahoe Truckee Unified High School students are eligible to apply for the academic enrichment program to take Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee classes for $1 a unit. Student services include a learning resource library, tutoring, academic counseling, administration and faculty office hours. Visit For the most up-to-date news, visit

Kings Beach Library Season of Giving

Be a reading PAL! Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) is a county wide program offering adults reading assistance since 1985. PALS provides tools to change lives by giving reading, writing and basic math skills needed to earn a living and engage fully in the community. To become a “learner” in the program, one should be over 16 years of age, out of school, able to speak English well enough to request services, perform an assessment and communicate with a reading coach, and commit to meeting with their coach on a regular basis. The service is free, confidential, one-on-one, learner centered, and goal oriented. Contact Anne Greenwood at the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021.

The winter coat drive is in full swing. Take clean, lightly used winter coats to the Tahoe City or Kings Beach public library. The clothes are handed out on a daily basis, so if you or someone you know needs a warm coat, stop by and grab one. All remaining items will be distributed at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach on Dec. 21.

Ask Carl Leblanc of Tahoe Tech Group general questions on Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. Cloud computing is the buzz and expert Doug Greenwood will explain its use and benefits on Dec.19, 2-3 p.m.

Santa Claus will visit the library on Friday Dec. 20, 4-6 p.m. Enjoy cookies and cider, read some great Christmas stories, make a craft, and whisper to Santa your wishes.

Storytime is every Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. KBL also has free Wi-Fi and public computers available.

The Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021 for information.

Computer classes at Rideout

Rideout Community Center, Dec. 11 and 18, 6:30-8 p.m., taught by Robert Williams of Williams IT Solutions. Learn about desktop familiarity, Microsoft Explorer, where to find things in system (Advanced File Management), Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.), problem solving, Windows applications. Take your laptop if you have one! Cost is $15 per class at 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, call 530-583-3440 for information.

Holiday Break Camps

The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a series of Holiday Camps, including winter break, ski and skate week, and spring break. These camps meet at Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City and include arts and crafts, games, field trip, and many other activities. Registrations are taken on a weekly basis as well as on a drop-in basis space permitting. Check in with the Recreation Office for more information on individual camps, visit or email

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