Library loop: Sustainable shelves

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Prim Library

Sustainable Shelves: Prim Library’s New Environmental and Sustainability Program

The Prim Library at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe is proud to share our good news in establishing Baker & Taylor’s Sustainable Shelves program!

What is Sustainable Shelves?

Sustainable Shelves is a program sponsored by Baker & Taylor – a large US library supplies company. This program assists libraries in weeding their items in a sustainable way through proper recycling and resales. A small portion of the resales are credited back to the Prim Library and can be used for purchasing library supplies on Baker & Taylor’s website.

Why is the program important?

Sustainable Shelves is important as the program maintains the values of sustainability and conversation of the University of Nevada, Reno, the University Libraries, the Wayne L. Prim campus, and the Sierra Nevada University (SNU) legacy. We are responsibly recycling books, reducing our impact on the environment, and keeping our collections fresh and updated.

Why did you choose this program?

Prim Library was looking to support the University Strategic Plan goal, Make Silver and Blue the New Green: Lead in Environmental Expertise and Campus Sustainability, and sought to honor SNU’s legacy of environmentalism. Many library books and other library items that do not find another home can end up in landfills, and we did not want to contribute to the crisis.


We have sent off 231 books since May 2023 and been credited with less than $30 dollars. And while we do not make a lot of money in relation to the time used to process these items, we are delighted to send them off responsibility and remain good stewards of our collections.

Incline Village Library – 845 Alder Ave., 775-832-4130

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time – For children of all ages, with a focus on enjoying literacy and language as a family. 

Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Book a Librarian – get 50 minutes of one-on-one help from a librarian. Get help with filling out forms, troubleshooting phones/tablets/laptops, library apps such as Libby, check out virtual reality headsets and more! 

Every Thursday in July at 4 p.m. – Game Day! Gather family and/or friends for some friendly competition! We will have outdoor games and oversized games to play such as, Cornhole, Spike Ball, Jenga, Connect 4, and many more!

Tuesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. – Inclined to Read Book Group. This month’s read is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. All are welcome to discuss this popular book. Refreshments and coffee will be served.

Monday, July 24, 2 p.m. – Write Your Life – a memoir writing workshop

Tuesday, July 25, 4 p.m. – Teen Summer Movie Series – Captain Marvel. Free Popcorn!

Truckee Library – 10031 Levon Ave. Truckee, 530-582-7846

As of July 17, the Truckee Library will temporarily relocate to the workspace at 10879 Donner Pass Rd. Suite A, in front of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Holds pickup will be available as well as a browsable collection, computers, Wi-Fi, and printing. The library, which will undergo a refresh of new flooring, paint, and furniture, is estimated to re-open in October.

The Nevada County Summer Learning program runs through August 11.

New! The fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Lawyer in the Library. Sign-up for a free legal consultation with a local volunteer attorney. Register for a 15-minute session by calling (530) 582-7846.

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through August 8: Outdoor Preschool Storytime at Truckee Regional Park next to the Farmer’s Market. Join us for music, books, bubbles and more!

July 18 at 1 p.m.: Just Books Book Club discussing The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

July 20 at 1 p.m. at the Joseph Govt. Center: Music for Young Minds Workshop

July 21 at 1 p.m. at the Joseph Govt. Center: Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bees program

July 28 at 4 p.m. at Truckee Regional Park: Shyhoopz Hula Hoop Workshop

California State Park passes are available for one-week checkouts as are a variety of recreation collection items including outdoor games.

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