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Lib Loop: Marching through holiday traditions

The Truckee Library was built in 1972 on Levon Avenue.

This time of year people turn to their favorite events, food, and people. We all march through traditions new and old.

In the library, as the year wraps up, we think about the facts and figures of the year. Just like you’ll see in the news, we too have top 10 lists for 2017. (I am not going to bore you with a list of numbers of books checked out or library cards issued.).

Because, like holiday traditions, it isn’t the actual numbers that matter in libraries, it is the overall experience. We formally call library experiences “impact stories.”

What we mean is the process we have to document small incidents that become touchstones to how we run our business. Like when we witness the customer who we guided through learning to request items on the computer later on teaching someone else the same skill.

Or the moment in story time when a crawling child becomes a walking child in front of their story time friends. These are not beans we can count to tally in a spreadsheet but they are favorite library events which power us into 2018. So, may your December be full of stories, not beans.

Tahoe City Library:

The merry band of toddlers meet weekly on Thursdays at 10:30 for storytime. Join us!

Our adult new books shelves are full of calorie-free, low-impact goodies. Come take a look.

Incline Village Library:

Dec. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. Candy Land Christmas Party. Crafts, holiday cookies, hot cocoa bar, and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus

Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m. Northstar Chamber Players present: “Woodwind Quintet Concert.” The popular woodwind quintet will perform favorite holiday classics. Enjoy selections from “The Nutcracker,” Christmas carols, and other seasonal music.

Tech Tuesdays every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. Come join the fun as we explore different ways to learn and experiment with technology.

Paws 2 Read, second Thursday, 4-5 p.m. Reading program for children of all ages proudly presented by Paws 4 Love. Friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog, children receive a free book.

Toddler Time. Every Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Stories, songs, finger plays and wiggle action are part of the fun. Designed for children 18 months to 3 years.

Lifescapes. First and third Fridays 2 – 4 p.m. In this program Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome.

Truckee Library:

Dec. 4 – Feb. 26. Winter Reading Challenge! Pick up a reading log, read 3 books and watch 3 movie adaptations, and write a paragraph review for each.

Dec. 4 – Dec 30. Write to the Library Elf on the Shelf. Come in and meet our Library Elf. Pick up some special stationary and write a letter to him and “mail” it in our magic mailbox. Within one week, our elf will write back to you!

Dec. 16, 11 a.m. – Noon. Join us as we read, “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” followed by a make-your-own “Pete.”

Dec. 21, 1:30-3 p.m. Do you like to paint? Learn to make watercolor birch trees note cards.

Kings Beach Library:

Dec. 14, 3 – 4 p.m. Computers with Carl bring your questions!

Dec. 16 Santa Visits! 3 – 4 p.m. Stop by for Christmas stories, cookies, and a visit with Santa.

Dec. 19. Preschool Story Time celebrates Holiday Fun! Books, song, rhymes, and a craft! 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Dec. 20. Souper Celebration! Friends of the Library host their annual soup-sharing eve. Bring and soup, bowl and spoon. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21, 3 –m 4 p.m. “iPhones Explained.” Learn to master your iPhone.

Livia Lewin is the branch manager at the Tahoe City Library — 740 North Lake Blvd – downstairs, Tahoe City, Calif. She can be reached at 530-583-3382 or

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