The local angle at the Truckee Library
March 5, 2010
We love our locals at the Truckee Library! I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by Pam McAdoo last week (The Little Library That Could). When the Board of Supervisors was considering a move toward privatizing library operations, Truckee Library supporters proved they were a literate, engaged and tenacious bunch, providing a cavalcade of feedback in the form of telephone calls, e-mails and letters. We would like to thank all of you who participated in the process. It definitely made a difference. Democracy in action, indeed!
This week I would like to highlight new titles with a local angle. We are fortunate to live in area that people like to write about. For those of you who are suffering from Winter Olympics withdrawal, be sure to check out Tahoe local David Antonucciand#8217;s fascinating look the VII Olympic Winter Games called and#8220;Snowballand#8217;s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Winter Games, Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe.and#8221; Antonucci chronicles how the idea of the Squaw Valley Olympics started as a marketing ploy with no chance to succeed and ended as a stunning triumph of American ingenuity and perseverance. 2022, anyone?
For those of you dreaming of the snow melting to uncover hiking or four-wheel drive trails, there are new books available at the Truckee Library to whet your appetite for summer fun. and#8220;Five-Star Trails Around Lake Tahoe: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Hikesand#8221; by Jordan Summers provides excellent descriptions of 40 hikes in our backyard. In addition to the descriptions, each hike is rated in scenery, trail condition, difficulty, solitude, and whether itand#8217;s child-friendly. Elevation charts, distance, estimated hiking times, and outstanding features are also included. After checking this out from the library, you may come to realize that you need to add this book to your personal collection. and#8220;California Trails: Northern Sierra Regionand#8221; guides travelers along 1,310 miles of spectacular backroads and four-wheel drive trails between Highway 5 to the west, the Nevada border to the east, Alturas to the north and Sonora to the south, including areas around Tahoe, Lassen, Susanville and the Gold Country.
Armchair hikers and PCT aficionados may want to check out Dan Whiteand#8217;s and#8220;Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Coast Trail.and#8221; Reviewers have favorably compared it to Bill Brysonand#8217;s and#8220;Walk in the Woodsand#8221; and Nora Ephronand#8217;s and#8220;When Harry Met Sally,and#8221; deeming it and#8220;gorp for the souland#8221; that and#8220;brings a fresh perspective to the timeworn adventure-travel genre.and#8221; White and his girlfriend set out late in the season and bereft of experience, to tread all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail which stretches from Canada to Mexico , leaving behind lousy reporting jobs and hoping to find self-definition and a deepened relationship. Find out what happens along the way.
Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Recommended Stories For You
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. (2 to 3 year olds)
Babes in Bookland Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (6 months to 2 years)
Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (3 years and up)
Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages)
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