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Truckee Library has in-house and online resources for reluctant readers

Teri Andrews Rinne
Truckee Library Children's Services Librarian
Reluctant Readers can be enticed with tools at the Truckee Library and online.
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“A few years ago, I realized my son, Jack, didn’t exactly love books. We’d always read to him as a baby, and he was beginning to read for school. When he got home, him going to the shelf and picking up a book was about as likely as his pulling out a notebook and solving quantum physics problems. Actually, the latter was more likely. He’s a smart kid.”

This is the story of mega-bestselling author James Patterson, describing his experience with his young son, who seemed destined to become a “reluctant reader.” Patterson set out to fix the problem and it became the inspiration for a new Web site called http://www.readkiddoread.com. So not only is Patterson writing best-selling books for kids now, he is facilitating the selection of other worthy reads for kids. The Web site is divided into four different categories: great illustrated books, great transitional books, great pageturners and great advanced reads. Within each category are sub-categories to further refine your selections: real world stories, fantasy and other worlds, action/adventure/mystery, and just the facts, for those non-fiction aficionados.

Another online option is Novelist, a database available through the Nevada County Library System, either remotely from home or at any of our branches. There is a special kids’ section of the database, with content arranged by age: younger kids, older kids and teens. Among the topics covered are book talks, book discussion guides, grab and go booklists, picture book extenders, and recommended reads by genre. One of my favorite sections is the “If You Like…” option under recommended reads. So if your daughter loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, there’s an annotated booklist with 17 other titles for her to try. It’s a cool tool.

Another nifty online tool is a feature of Amazon.com. Find a book your child especially likes, then scroll down to the section entitled “Customers who bought this item also bought…” Then take your list of promising titles to the library or your local independent bookseller to find them.

Beyond the digital world, joining or starting a book club may be the perfect way to entice your reluctant reader. Just as adult book clubs have taken the literary world by storm, the kid version of a book club is a great way to use peer pressure positively. The Truckee Library has the perfect book to guide fledgling book clubs for the younger set, appropriately entitled The Kids’ Book Club Book.

It covers the steps to create a successful book club and recommended reading lists, arranged by age. Best of all, the authors create a multi-sensory experience by including recipes, called “book bites” along with fun activities and games related to the book. It truly helps the book come alive in a group setting, which offers a refreshing change of pace from the otherwise solitary endeavor of silent reading. Perhaps just what the reluctant reader needs to catch the reading bug.

Good luck in your quest for that elusive and perfect book!

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.

Note: Storytimes take a break during Ski-Skate Week, Feb. 16-20, 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)

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. Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 17 to discuss “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln” by Janis Newman

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole


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