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Tahoe-Truckee Lib Loop: All hail the new librarian-in-chief

Anne Greenwood
Lib Loop

Carla Hayden, a former Chicago children’s librarian who presided over the American Library Association and oversaw Baltimore’s enormous free library system (and successfully kept the library open throughout the Freddie Gray protests last year), was recently confirmed by the Senate to lead the Library of Congress, the nation’s largest library and its oldest federal institution.

The Library of Congress receives two copies of every copyright-protected work published in the United States. These items form the basis of its collection, but its core offerings can be traced back more than 200 years, to the country’s founding fathers.

As librarian, Dr. Hayden would oversee a staff of about 3,100 employees, an annual budget of almost $600 million and a 160-million-item collection, most of which has not yet been digitized.

She will be the 14th person to hold the position, which was created in 1802, and the first woman and African American to serve in the role.

Hayden replaces James Billington, an academic historian appointed by President Ronald Reagan who spent almost 30 years at the helm. He instituted renovations and growth during his tenure, but was pre-internet when hired and never incorporated technology.

Hayden will be the first Librarian of Congress appointed during the internet age, and is well suited to applying it. She holds a doctorate degree in library sciences from the University of Chicago and is a progressive leader. Hayden is the first professional librarian to run the Library in more than 60 years.

Incline Village Library:

July 20, 4 p.m. Bug Petting Zoo with NV Bugs and Butterflies! This touch and feel program includes fun facts about where bugs live, what they eat, and other aspects of their lives.

July 23, 11:30 a.m. So you want to have a pet snake? Great Basin Herpetological Society will be in to introduce you to reptiles as pets and they will also talk about the conservation of our native species. Yes, there will be LIVE snakes!

July 27, 4 p.m. Books & Boards! Hubble skateboards will bring the art of skating to your library! They’ll be educating children about the ins and outs of the skateboard industry.

Kings Beach Library:

July 22, 2-3 p.m. “Wild Things” Join Gabe and his menagerie of exotic animals who were rescued, rehabilitated and now serve to educate audiences about the importance of conservation and preservation

July 26, 10:30-11 a.m. “Preschool Story Time” Let’s put up a tent and share a Camping Story Time theme. Books, songs, and a craft.

Truckee Library:

Win a Kindle Fire! Now through the end of July, when you come in for your first library card at the Truckee Library, you’ll enter a drawing for a free Kindle Fire. Thanks to the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries (West County) for providing the tablets.

Summer readers may still sign up at the Truckee Library for the Summer Reading Program. Come in for your Read for the Win Bingo card or Froggy Reading Game. For ages 3-12, pre-readers and independent readers.

July 20, 4 p.m. Music with Alan Candee. Summer readers are invited to join musician Alan Candee for stories, singing and laughing with folksongs and original tunes. Bring in your Reading Bingo cards and Froggy Reading Games to show your summer reading progress.

Pre-School Storytimes at the Truckee Library are on a special summer schedule: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., through July 28.

Spanish Storytime will be on summer break June through August. Please join us again for bilingual stories, songs and rhymes in September, last Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Anne Greenwood is Branch Manager at the Kings Beach Public Library.