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Be creative at the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Children's Services Librarian

Congratulations to Tahoe Truckee school kids for the successful completion of another year of school! The Truckee Library has the perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer vacation: Come on down and sign up for the annual summer reading program. Did you know the long, lazy days of summer pose a risk for school-aged children called and#8220;summer brain drain?and#8221; Research has shown if your childand#8217;s brain remains stagnant without challenge over the summer months, they could lose, on average, 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills and nearly a whole reading level. While the summer reading program might not help much with math skills, it will definitely preserve and even improve reading levels!

This yearand#8217;s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. Children, ages 5 to 12, who sign up for the program will receive a special theme-related bookmark and a reading record with stickers to keep track of each hour of reading they do this summer. For every five hours of reading logged, participants will earn a prize. If participants complete 25 hours of reading, they will earn the grand prize: a gift certificate to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks!

Every Wednesday from July 8 through Aug. 5 at 4 p.m., the Truckee Library will be hosting fun-filled special events including a professional magic show, music with Pam Donkin, two afternoons of creative fun and an encore visit by wild animals to the library with Wild Things, Inc. All programs are free and open to the public.

Also, back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row is the and#8220;Find the Hidden Bookand#8221; contest that will take place from June 16 to Aug. 5. Each day a gift-wrapped book will be hidden on the shelves somewhere in the childrenand#8217;s wing. The first summer reading program participant to find the book will receive a prize.

We would like to give an extra-special thank you to the Friends of the Truckee Library for their generous funding for summer reading program materials, prizes and entertainment and to the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks for their awesome gift certificates. They each help make the experience so much richer for our program participants.

So mark your calendars now and plan to drop by the Truckee Library when school lets out next week to sign up for Be Creative @ Your Library. Itand#8217;s a great way for our kids to continue developing their reading skills over the summer months!

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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.

Bookshelfand#8217;s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets 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.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda Dand#8217;Toole