Meet Your Neighbor: Lydia Sparksworthy |

Meet Your Neighbor: Lydia Sparksworthy

Interview by Christine Stanley of the Sierra Sun
Lydia Sparksworthy

Manager of the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks

I’ve been here 12 years and it’s the best job I’ve ever had. It’s a unique and special place. Getting to talk to people about books is wonderful. You can go to WalMart or you can sit at home in your underwear and order books on line, but it’s the connection that makes it special.

“The Tahoe Sierra.” It’s a hiking guide by Jeffrey Schaffer that has natural history information in it, so it’s good for people who want to get familiar with this neck of the woods. There’s also Joanne Meschery’s book, “Truckee: An Illustrated history of the town.”

Yeah, I’m a bookworm. I also like to write fiction and short stories, so I’m a member of a couple of writing groups. I published a book with (Truckee resident) Parvin Darabi in 2002 called “Women of Truckee.” I also belly dance, I’m in Toastmasters, and am a Friend of the Library.

In my backyard. There is a bench under a tree and it’s landscaped with local rocks that my husband has been rearranging for 20 years. But I also read in bed every night before I go to sleep.

It will be 20 years next year; my husband and I moved here from Santa Cruz. It feels like there has been a tremendous movement toward the community programs like the KidZone and the (Truckee Tahoe) Community Foundation, and I think it’s a wonderful thing. There is tremendous community participation and it really does feel like that is one of Truckee’s really stellar accomplishments.

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