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Truckee Library storytimes are back

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

While it still might feel a lot like summer, the fall session of weekly storytimes at the Truckee Library is in full swing: Tuesday Toddler Time, Babes in Bookland and Preschool Stories.

With the tidal wave of research emphasizing the importance of reading to your child from birth, the library is pleased to offer programming for Truckee’s tiniest residents, from 6 to 24 months of age. The program focuses on the all-important concepts of rhythm, repetition and rhyme.

Since it is nearly impossible to expect the very young to focus exclusively on one storyteller in a group setting for an extended period of time, the library provides individual sets of materials for each infant/caregiver pair.

Eye-catching super-sized books are featured each week, along with a core set of board books selected for their universal appeal to the very young. Accompanying music, maracas and bubbles round out this multi-sensory experience offered Wednesdays at 10:30 am.

Once a child reaches that adorable toddling stage, Toddler Time for 18 to 36 month olds takes center stage on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Attention spans lengthen and powers of exploration explode. Toddler Time is not for the faint of heart; it’s a sometimes wild, always wacky time of sharing short books in a group, singing, dancing, maracas, bubbles, hand stamps and stickers.

For that magical preschool age of 3 to 5 years, when attention span lengthens and locomotion levels starts to lessen somewhat, Preschool Stories is offered every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. While maracas, bubbles, hand stamps and stickers are still popular with this age group, the stories get longer and the plotlines slightly more complex, as this audience prepares for kindergarten.

Spanish Storytime with Reyna Sanchez-Lopez will return on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a,m. This monthly storytime occurs on the last Saturday of each month and includes bilingual stories, songs and rhymes for children of all ages.

Each of the storytimes roughly adheres to the school year schedule, taking breaks in the summer and major holiday periods. Once our storytime clientele graduates on to elementary school, the Truckee Library also offers both summer and winter reading programs for kids to encourage learning to read independently and to establish the lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. For more information, call 582-7846.

Teri Andrews Rinne is the children’s services librarian at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave. Call 530-582-7846 or visit