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Join the Friends, buy a book ( or three)

If you have been collecting books to donate to the Friends of the Truckee Library annual book sale, this is the week to load up all those boxes and take them to the library.

We have no storage space, but we’ll find a place for your donations until Friday, Aug. 4. Then we set up all the tables we can find and sort this year’s offerings for the annual sale on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What shows up on those tables? Computer guides. Language books. History. Out-of-print gems you thought you’d never find again. Books about how to cook, braid hair, make jewelry, change your life, write a novel, fix your bike, start a business, plant a garden ” and just possibly, the one volume you are missing from a series you collect. Occasionally a couple of rare or antique volumes turn up.

You will find romance, mystery, travel, suspense, philosophy, classics, puzzles, cookbooks, workbooks and legal guides. And children’s books. Lots of children’s books. Picture books, first readers, chapter books ” we’ve got ’em. I’ll bet there will even be some Harry Potter.

The discount prices will beat Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The proceeds go to the Friends of the Truckee Library, a nonprofit group dedicated to maintaining, promoting and improving the Truckee Library.

The Friends use the earnings to support several ongoing programs. We purchase current bestsellers to make sure they are available to Truckee readers. We support children’s reading programs by purchasing craft supplies, by funding performers (the Amazing Harmonatras, for example) and by providing prizes for reading programs. We support the resident literacy program by purchasing materials for tutors and language learners. We care for the garden that surrounds the library. We sponsor cultural programs (the Blues Book Bash and Woody Guthrie, for instance). And, we keep alive the vision of a library large enough to accommodate all the books, tapes, videos, CDs, DVDs and computers in our collection.

We could use some help sorting all those books this year. If you can help with this year’s sale, sorting books on Friday, Aug. 4, please sign up at the library circulation desk or call the library, 582-7846. Besides doing a good deed and feeling useful, you’ll be able to get a sneak preview at what will be on sale the next day.

While you’re at the library, you can pick up a membership form and join the Friends, too. There is an annual membership to match your literary aspirations: the Short Story (an individual membership, $15), the Novel (a family membership,$20), the Epic Novel (a business membership, $50), the Trilogy (a corporate membership, $100) and the Reference Set (for benefactors, at $250).

One way or another, please join us: Bring books to sell, help sort and sell them, join the Friends, use your public library.

Jois Child is a Truckee resident and Friend of the Truckee Library.

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave.. 582-7846


Monday 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.

Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Truckee Library

Volunteers needed: sign up at the Truckee Library

Donations of used books will be accepted during the week before the sale. Please note that no book donations will be accepted on the day of the sale.

Meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The group will be discussing The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner at the Aug. 15 meeting. 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.

Please note that Toddlertime, Babes in Bookland, and Storytelling with Mrs. Fix are on hiatus until August.

Summer Reading Program: Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales!

Free for children ages 5-12. Free events Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m.:

July 26: Bears, Bears, Bears! with the Bear League

Aug. 2: Music with The Amazing Harmonatras

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Over the fireplace: “Green Iguana” and “Machu Picchu,” prints by Ann Folsom

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