New & Notable on the Childrens Shelves

Teri Andrews Rinne

This week we feature great new books in the childrens wing of the Truckee Library. Our youngest library readers will enjoy the companion edition of Three Cups of Tea in picture book form called Listen to the Wind. Other notable additions include a picture book about famed horse Seabiscuit and the 2009 Caldecott Honor Award books How I Learned Geography and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.Many beautifully-illustrated new non-fiction offerings have been added in the past few months. The Road to Oz chronicles the twists, turns, bumps and triumphs in the life of L. Frank Baum. My Brother Martin is a memoir written by Martin Luther King, Jr.s older sister. There seems to be a flurry of books about presidents kids as a new first family takes residence in the White House. New to our shelves are First Kids: the True Stories of All the Presidents Children, Mr. Lincolns Boys and What to Do About Alice: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!Chapter book readers also now have their own version of Three Cups of Tea in an adapted version by Sarah Thomsen, sharing the same title as the original, but written for a younger audience. For something completely different, the most popular chapter book of the moment is the third and final installment of the uproariously funny series by Jeff Kinney called Diary of a Wimpy Kid; The Last Straw will not disappoint fans of the series.The winner of this years Newbery Award now resides on the shelves of our Young Adult section. Neil Gaiman, of Coraline fame, has written a story about a toddler who wanders into a graveyard after his family was brutally murdered. The ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. While it sounds a bit macabre, it is being hailed as a charmed allegory of childhood. A notable non-fiction young adult book is Red: Teenage Girls in America Write on What Fires Up Their Lives Today. The summary says it all: In Red, 58 girls ranging in age from 13 to 19, and writing from across the spectrum of geographic, socioeconomic, racial, and religious upbringings share heartbreaking, hilarious, and often harrowing essays about everything from politics to pop culture; from post-Katrina New Orleans to Johnny Depp; from the loneliness of losing a best friend to the loathing or pride they feel about their bodies. The authors of Red are brave and honest documentarians of their own lives. These girls are the best shades of red (not pink): a little bit angry, a lot passionate. Theyre on fire, and their essays speak gloriously for the future. With a daughter who has just turned 12, this will be required reading for me in the coming months.

Library Hours Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.No storytime during Spring Break, April 13 to 17, 2009.Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years)Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years)Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)Bookshelfs Dry Camp Book Club at the LibraryMeets monthly at the Library. 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. Everyone is welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 7 p.m. to discuss Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life by Arlene Blum. Now on display at the library:Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael JollyAbove the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda DToole

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