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Follow your child’s passions at the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Truckee Children's Services Librarian

There was a passage in Kelly Corrigan’s “The Middle Place” (an amazing memoir, by the way) that particularly resonated with me: “Your kid is your kid. Wherever they take you, you go.”

Mine took me to Truckee. How did the public services manager in the busiest special collections library in the nation, that didn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 through its doors, end up as a small town children’s librarian? Parenthood changes everything. The pace of life offered by a mountain town suddenly appealed. As much as I admired the international scholars and academics at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, I absolutely adore my current clientele, ranging from our Babes in Bookland diaper set up to our fledgling Young Adult population who are blossoming into such incredible people, adolescent angst and all. I don’t think I would have had the foresight to truly discover the wonders of children until I had one of my own.  

My child also introduced me to Elvis. Sure, I knew the bloated, decidedly uncool 1970s Elvis of my formative years. When my daughter was 8, she somehow discovered the consummately cool Elvis and we listened to his music, watched his movies and concerts, read his biographies (or at least I did) and even toured both his Palm Springs honeymoon hideaway and estate. The Nevada County Libraries supplied us with many of the music CDs, movies and books about Elvis. My husband and I provided the Palm Springs vacation. We all came away with a newfound appreciation of The King.  

My child also reintroduced me to my childhood love of horses. Between the ages of 7 and 11, my daughter was certifiably horse-crazy. We read countless horse books, both fiction and non-fiction, watched every horse film and studied every how-to video about horseback riding available through the Nevada County Library system. My husband and I provided the horse camps, lessons and eventually the horse. While horse ownership was a stretch for us, we kind of miss that phase that dramatically ended when the horse did.

Of course, our children follow us too. Before moving to Truckee, we spent many vacations, long weekends, or just day trips here to cross country ski. In January, I watched my daughter win a middle school nordic ski race on the same trails in Tahoe City where I learned to ski exactly 25 years ago. She may be introducing us to the exciting world of junior ski racing, but we mastered those skis first. Ours were even vintage 1980s purple and hot pink ones: Miami Vice, mountain-style! There are plenty of more up-to-date materials on the shelves of the Truckee Library for those who share our cross-country skiing passion: Instructional books and DVDs, vacation and trail guides, and even “Cross Country Skier: The Journal of Nordic Skiing.”

So whatever your child’s passion or phase, chances are you will find something on the shelves of the Truckee Library, or within the Nevada County Library system. Be it dinosaurs, dump trucks, princesses, superheroes, fairies, Star Wars, vampires, or practically any other passionate phase, we’ve got you covered!

New library hours

Monday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday 10:30 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) Note: date change to April 15 for month of April

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

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