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Tahoe-Truckee Lib Loop: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style

Betts Markle
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We've finally arrived at the beginning of May — winter should be over by now, but of course up here in our splendid mountains, we never know.

The month of May offers some celebrations that move us toward the summer months. Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorites. As a celebration of Mexican heritage, culture and pride, May 5 is in honor of the Mexican army defeating the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

It is thought the day was first celebrated by Mexicans living in California during the American Civil War. The holiday became more popular in the 1960s and then became widespread in the United States with commercialization in the 1990s.

The local public libraries all have books and other materials that will help you celebrate this special day. Mexican food cookbooks will help you make tamales, enchiladas, chile rellenos, guacamole, margaritas, flan, and much, much more.

Try some craft books to learn how to make a piñata and papel picado party placements. Make paper flowers in bright fiesta colors! Check out some Mexican music and play it in your office and at your party.

By the way, my favorite book celebrating Mexican food is "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. Let's celebrate because I love tacos!

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Incline Village Library

May 4: 4 p.m. Mother's Day Story Time tea party. We'll read books, have tea, and make a craft for our Mothers. All are welcome!

May 6: 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes — a senior writing group. Come write and share your memoirs.

May 10: 6:30 p.m. Tahoe Talks — Fred Lokken and Precious D. Hall of TMCC, and Ana Liz Servin Bancroft of North Tahoe Family Resource Center will be our guest experts at this discussion on immigration. Bring your questions, observations, and thoughts to this important topic.

Kings Beach Library

May 5: 2-3 p.m."Drop in computer help." Stop by for help with basic questions.

May 10: 10:30-11 a.m. "Preschool Story time." Join us as we explore an Owls theme. Books, songs and a craft.

Also: We have 4 public computers with printing capability, free WiFi, a copier, and a friendly staff here to serve you.

Truckee Library

Come to our Storytimes!

Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time, for ages 18 months to 3 years.

Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Babes in Bookland, for ages 6 months to 2 years.

Thursdays: 11:15 a.m. Preschool Stories, for ages 3 and up.

Last Saturdays of each month: 10:30 a.m. Spanish Storytime, bilingual stories for the whole family.

Betts Markle is Library Director at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Call 775-881-7511 for information.