Community Bookshelf opens in Tahoe Vista |

Community Bookshelf opens in Tahoe Vista

Special to the Sun

Tahoe Truckee Reads recently added the first outdoor Community Bookshelf to its growing network of free "little libraries" throughout the Tahoe-Truckee region.

Children who participated in the Tahoe Truckee Reads summer neighborhood reading program in the Tahoe Vista area and their volunteer teacher, Carolyn Pretzer, recognized the need for a Community Bookshelf in the area, but an indoor site was not available.

Thanks to creative ideas and donations from the community, a solution was found.

With great appreciation we would like to thank the Sierra Sun for donating a retired newspaper box; Shepherd's Auto Body for cleaning up the box and giving it a fresh base coat; and Trish Dale, a local artist, who helped the kids to paint and decorate the Community Bookshelf that was installed at the mobile home park on Sept. 29.

The Bookshelf was stocked with English and bilingual story books. Tahoe Truckee Reads Coordinator Kerry Stendell handed out over 50 books to children the day of the Community Bookshelf installation.

Many of the kids commented that they couldn't believe the box was staying and they could take a free book whenever they wanted.

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This article was submitted to the Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. Visit to learn more.