Truckee Library Storytimes are back |

Truckee Library Storytimes are back

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-As many of you are already aware, the Excellence in Education Foundationand#8217;s Tahoe Truckee Reads was one of 14 communities selected nationwide from a field of 124 to win the 2012 All-America City award for its plan to address grade-level literacy in the region. The Truckee Library and Friends of the Truckee Library are proud partners of Tahoe Truckee Reads initiative to boost third-grade reading levels. As the love for books and reading is best nurtured in early childhood, the Truckee Library offers three weekly storytimes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.—

With this tidal wave of research emphasizing the importance of reading to your child from birth, the library is pleased to offer programming for Truckeeand#8217;s tiniest residents, from 6 to 24 months of age. The program focuses on the all-important concepts of rhythm, repetition and rhyme. Since it is nearly impossible to expect the very young to focus exclusively on one storyteller in a group setting for an extended period of time, the library provides individual sets of materials for each infant/caregiver pair. Eye-catching big books are featured each week, along with a core set of board books selected for their universal appeal to the very young. Accompanying music, maracas and bubbles round out this multi-sensory experience offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Once your child reaches that adorable toddling stage, Toddler Time for 18 to 36 month olds takes center stage on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Attention spans lengthen somewhat and powers of exploration explode. Toddler Time is not for the faint of heart; itand#8217;s a sometimes wild, always wacky time of sharing short books in a group, singing, dancing, maracas, bubbles, hand stamps and stickers.

For that magical preschool age of 3-5, when attention span lengthens and activity level starts to lessen somewhat, thereand#8217;s Storytelling with Mrs. Fix every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. The incomparable Diane Fix draws upon her many years of experience as the founding director of the Church of the Mountains Preschool. Each week she features a special theme utilizing her vast personal and professional library of materials. Pick up a schedule of themes at the library.

Each of the storytimes roughly adheres to the school year schedule, taking breaks in the summer and major holiday periods. Once our storytime clientele graduates on to elementary school, the Truckee Library also offers both summer and winter reading programs for kids to encourage learning to read independently and to establish the lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. Next time, I will provide a wrap-up of this yearand#8217;s wildly successful Summer Reading Program!—

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 530-582-7846,