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Boy donates books for birthday

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

Five-year-old Thor Retzlaff did an unusual thing for his birthday last week: he didn’t ask for toys. He asked for books.

There were a few conditions: the books must be Newberry and Caldecott 2001 Award-winning children’s books and all of the them must be donated to the Truckee Library.

With $340 of donations from Thor’s friend’s and family members, Thor and his mom, Sonya, went to the Bookshelf to purchase 24 children’s books.

“I was excited to get the books,” Thor said of the special task shared with mom. “I did it because I wanted to give something back, a birthday gift to the library.”

Last week, Thor and his birthday friends delivered the pile of children’s books to the library and an excited children’s librarian, Teri Rinne.

The idea started at the library, which Thor and his parents and two brothers visit regularly.

“We were at the library, Thor and I, and we said wouldn’t that be great to be able to purchase some new books for the library,” Sonya Retzlaff said. “It’s wonderful, especially because he’s really excited about it.”

In all 24 books are name plates with Thor’s name and the names of his birthday buddies who supported the effort, which Thor thinks is a really neat idea.

“I can check out the books and see my name,” Thor said.


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