Meet the new president of the Friends
August 15, 2006
You might recognize the name Jois Child: She’s the unassuming member of the Friends of the Library who writes the best of these columns. She’s the member of the Friends who is always willing to help with projects at hand, whether they make use of her knowledge and skills or simply require persistence and a strong back. She’s the person who got a library card as soon as she moved to town, and has been a faithful library user ever since.
And, with Ruth Hall stepping down as president of the Friends, Jois is the person who has agreed to step up. She brings wisdom, grace, and humor to a role that is infinite in its demands for time and ideas. If anyone is up to the task, it is Jois, who has always counted on the public library as “a core piece of civic life: open to everybody and essentially free, in the way roads and street lights are free.” Her goal is to see the Truckee Library “find ways to keep the community heart beating” and adapt to emerging forms of information and technology. She also aspires to create more space for the library ” “preferably full of light and air” ” to hold the growing collection of books, DVDs, tapes, and CDs, to make the best use of computer and internet resources, and to accommodate events.
From her unpretentious demeanor you would not readily guess that, in addition to a bachelor of arts degree in English/theater, she holds three graduate degrees ” an master of arts degree in English, an MAT in geography, and a PhD in geography ” as well as Washington State Massage Certification and PSIA Level II ski instruction certification. Jois spent her early life in Idaho in the rural and isolated Kootenai Valley where she developed a great love of stories, both listening to them and making them up.
Her taste in reading runs to “anything that looks like it will make me laugh, help me be a better person, or tell me something useful that will make my life happier.” On her list of fiction favorites are classic novels (Dickens, Austen), PD James mysteries, anything by Wallace Stegner (her hero), short stories (her very favorite is “The Verger,” by Somerset Maugham), and plays. In nonfiction, her taste runs to biography and autobiography, all of Thomas Merton, landscape interpretation, and how-to books that teach new crafts and skills, or enhance her cooking prowess.
With careers as a writing instructor, geographer, and massage therapist under her belt, Jois promises to bring to the job of president of the Friends more than enough experience and creativity to keep the group active, engaged, and responsive to both the community and the ever-expanding culture of words and information.
Pam McAdoo is a Truckee resident, an artist and active in library issues in the community.
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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.
Bookshelf Book Club
Meets at the library on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. 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.
Storytelling with Mrs. Fix will start again on Aug. 24 at 11:15 a.m.
Summer Reading Program
Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales! winds up this week with the final event today at 4 p.m.: Music with The Amazing Harmonatras
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 3 years
Babes in Bookland
Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11 a.m., for ages 6-24 months
Now on display at the library
Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly
Over the fireplace: “Green Iguana” and “Machu Picchu,” prints by Ann Folsom.