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Friends of the Library: Books that can help in tough times

Pam McAdoo, Sun Columnist

When I began writing this column five years ago, I determined not to make it a personal statement: this would be an informative weekly update on events and programs at the Truckee Library, a heads-up about new materials and services, and a guide to resources for promoting reading and finding and choosing appropriate reading materials.

However, in light of last Tuesday’s events, everything feels more personal, and I cannot bring myself to write about choosing books for reluctant readers this week as I had intended. I spent some time just wandering in the Library on Sunday without the benefit of the card catalog, looking for books that might be able to offer words of inspiration or solace or insight, and this is what I stumbled on.

“Farewell to Manzanar: a True Story of the Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment” by Jeanne Watsuki Houston and James D. Houston, is the story of one Japanese-American family’s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention, and explores the irony of Americans fighting for freedom while passing legislation to force the incarceration of American citizens. A personal account of a group of loyal American citizens who were blanketly designated as The Enemy because of their race.

“The American Dream,” by broadcast journalist and news anchor Dan Rather, provides a look at ordinary men and women who are accomplishing the extraordinary in the United States, and demonstrates that the basic American desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is alive and well. An inspiring look at the strength of the American dream.

“Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945,” by David Kennedy, is the story of the New Deal’s achievements, shortcomings, contradictions and failures; and how our nation agonized over its role in World War II, how it fought the war, why the U.S. won, and why the consequences of victory were both sweet and ironic. A realistic look at the price of war and hardship, and an uplifting history of the strength, endurance, and compassion of the American people.

“The Healing of America, by Marianne Williamson, published in 1998, opens with the statement that, “within the next 10 years, America will experience a renaissance or a catastrophe. Something is going to happen to take us back to who we are.” Williamson discusses the spiritual roots that underlie the history of democracy in America, and urges a return to the holistic politics of non-violence and community and citizen involvement. An interesting commentary on the divisive and alienating nature of today’s politics.

From the Bible and Torah to the words of Abraham Lincoln, the Library has a variety of resources. This is only a tiny sampling of the collections of words available on the shelves that may be able to provide some perspective, insight and healing.

Publishing Workshop Series:

The Library and Bookshelf Stores will again offer a workshop series with local authors, editors, illustrators and publishers on Wednesday evenings at 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Library.

Dan Brereton will kick off the series on Wednesday, Sept. 26 with a look at his career as a comic book artist. Brereton will also offer individual portfolio reviews.

Oct. 10: Freelance writer and author of Sierra Stories, Mark McLaughlin

Oct. 24: Romance fiction writer Jill Shalvis

Nov. 7: Robert Frohlich, author of Skiing with Style

The $10 fee will compensate the presenter and benefit the Friends. Space is limited; call the Library to reserve a place.

Regular Childrens

Programs:

— Toddlertime with Teri, for ages 18 to 36 months. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Babes In Bookland: An Infant Lap-sit Program for ages 6-18 months. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Saturday Storytelling With Mrs. Fix. For ages 3-6. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Truckee Library 582-7846

10031 Levone Avenue

Library hours:

Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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