Friends of the Library: Celebrating the first day of vacation |

Friends of the Library: Celebrating the first day of vacation

How many feet of shelving (linear feet is librarian geek speak) does the Truckee Library devote to travel books, periodicals, videos and DVDs? 28? 52?The answer is at the bottom of this column.

Hurray! Today is the last day of school for Tahoe and Truckee school children, the traditional start of the summer vacation season. Its difficult to imagine a better place to spend your summer than right in the mountain paradise of our own backyard. Alas, for families with school age children, its often the only time we can get away.The Truckee Library is the perfect place to start your vacation planning. Whether your destination is Albania, Zambia, or anywhere in between, domestic or international, chances are the Truckee Library will have a book to fit your travel planning needs. And if you decide vacationing in your own backyard is the perfect answer to soaring gas prices, the Truckee Library has dozens of local guidebooks to help you re-discover the beauty of our local surroundings. And if the Truckee Library doesnt, another branch of the Nevada County Library system likely will.Truckee specializes in Moon, Hidden, DK, Lonely Planet and Rick Steves guidebooks, whereas other branches carry Frommers, Fodors, Lets Go, and the Rough Guides. Current and past issues of travel periodicals, such as Arthur Frommers Budget Travel and National Geographic Traveler, are another great travel planning resource at the Truckee Library. We can also order past issues of Travel andamp; Leisure from the other branches in our system. One lesson I learned the hard way, its best not to take a library travel book with you on your vacation. On one trip, I lost the librarys copy of Rick Steves Germany, Austria and Switzerland guidebook on the very first day of our trip, leaving it behind in a jet-lagged daze in a Munich pension. Yes, even librarians lose library books! My advice is to check out all the various guidebooks from the library to help you plan your trip and then purchase your favorite(s) to take along for the ride. Over the next two weeks, this column will explore how the library can help you move beyond guidebooks to enhance your trips for adults and children and how to plan more locally-based, budget-minded vacations. Until then, happy summer and happy trails to you!

Answer: C 74 linear feet!

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave. 582-7846 HoursMonday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Bookshelfs Dry Camp Book Club at the LibraryMeets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome. Catch the Reading Bug! Summer Reading Program for ages 5-12, starts today! Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Weekly special events Wednesdays at 4 pm, June 25-July 30. Storytimes on summer break, resuming in late August; watch this space for more information. Now on display at the library:Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael JollyOver the fireplace: The Tragic Demise of Yogi Bear, mixed media by Eve Werner

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