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Friends of the Truckee Library update

Teri Andrews Rinne

In a series of meetings this winter, a dedicated group of library users got together to imagine specific ways to keep the Truckee Library a vital community resource and to add their support and ideas to the beleaguered Friends of the Truckee Library. Focus groups were formed to brainstorm five areas for potential reinvigoration and expansion: children’s programs, events for adults, increasing resources for youth/teens, exploring options for optimizing the use of space in our current cramped building and building a new library for Truckee. Each group was charged with identifying one manageable goal and devising an action plan. Here’s a preliminary update on what has been happening since those meetings took place.

Storytimes are alive and well at the Truckee Library. In fact, next month a new storytime is being added to the existing roster of the five weekly storytimes.

One of the recommendations that came out of the winter meetings of the Friends of the Library reinvigoration campaign was the desire for a pajama storytime. Meeting participants had fond memories of the pajama storytimes of their youth and now want to share that same experience with their young children. When I first moved to Truckee 10 years ago, Cindy Maciel did a fantastic pajama storytime at the library my then-toddler daughter really enjoyed. The Truckee Library hasn’t offered a regularly-scheduled evening program since, so it’s exciting to reintroduce a tried-and-true concept.

Starting next Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m., children will be encouraged wear their pajamas and fuzzy slippers, bring their favorite stuffed animal or blanket and get ready for bed with stories and songs at the library. Pajama storytime will happen the first Thursday of each month. All ages are welcome, but the program will be geared to 2 to 6-year olds. Pajamas are not required, just encouraged!

Other storytimes at the Truckee Library include Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. for 2 to 3-year olds, Babes in Bookland for 6 to 24 month-olds Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Storytelling with Mrs. Fix for preschool age on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. and Bilingual Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. More on these storytimes next week.

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 582-7846, mynevadacounty.com/library

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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.

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)

Bilingual Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’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 D’Toole

There have been a few meetings to look at ways to open space in the library. Most recently, the library staff met with CATT (Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe) to discuss the possibility of building a storage shed that could hold at least eight bookshelves. This would open up space down the middle of the library so we could use the fireplace, create more cozy seating and possibly open up some space in the Youth and Children’s room.

This group has been actively pursuing potential sites for a new library. They have a couple of great new leads. Stay tuned for a more extensive update next month. We will keep you posted about the progress and community role in this process.

One of the suggestions of the focus group was for kids to have more direct access to materials other than books in the children’s wing. Puppets, puzzles and stuffed animals are now more readily accessible in the children’s room on the bottom shelf of an emptied bookcase. Once more storage space is secured, less frequently used children’s books can be removed from the collection to open space for programming and furniture designed for pre-school aged children. While we wait for that piece of the puzzle to fall into place, a new storytime is about to be unveiled: Pajama Story Time is being planned for the first Thursday evening of each month, beginning in May.

A youth survey has been developed and will be distributed shortly in order to determine how Truckee teens are using the library and what they would like in terms of materials and programs offerings. In the meantime, a generous grant from the Optimists to purchase additional shelving and books for the Young Adult section came about as a direct result of these meetings.

Each of these areas will be expanded upon in the coming weeks and months. Watch this space. Despite a dismal economic climate, exciting things are happening at the Truckee Library!