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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Creative workshop series begins March 28

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

Artists of all kinds – from writers and painters to musicians and dancers – abound in the Tahoe/Truckee area. Although entrepreneurial expertise does not often go hand-in-hand with artistic talent, many artists in our community have managed to forge successful careers in their fields.When children’s book illustrator Susan Guevara gave a book signing last year at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, it occurred to her that the community might be interested in a series of workshops with writers, illustrators and publishers in our area who make a living at their craft.Guevara and the Bookshelf staff envisioned the workshops as a forum where published artists could, while explaining how they arrived at their present situation, impart some of the knowledge they have accumulated over the years and during the process of successes, failures, pitfalls, opportunities and breakthroughs.As the idea took shape, Bookshelf approached the Friends of the Library about holding workshops in the comfortable setting of the library.Since the passage of Measure B put our library system back on the road to health and prosperity, the Friends have been able to turn to sponsoring cultural events and programs, and are delighted to be involved in the upcoming Publishing Workshop Series which begins on March 28.Tom Lippert, photographer, and Laurel Hilde Lippert, writer and editor, will kick off the series with a look at their respective freelance careers on Wednesday, March 28.Since co-authoring and publishing “The Wood Stove Cookery Book” in 1980, which sold 20,000 copies, the two have taken on individual as well as joint projects. Tom has been involved in everything from ski to medical photography around the world, and has produced photographs for more than a dozen books. His clients include The Smithsonian, Arthur D. Little, AB & I Foundry and Easter Seals.Laurel has written for Snow Country Magazine, Ski Magazine, and is currently the editor of Pilot Getaways Magazine. She has edited several books for Coldstream Press over the years, and has written marketing plans. With Tom on the camera and Laurel writing the script and editing the final product, the two have worked together on video production. The Lipperts have been able to critique and support each other along the way, and they will describe the merits of working together while maintaining their individual careers.Three other workshops will be offered in the initial series. On Wednesday, April 11, award-winning illustrator Susan Guevara will address “Breaking into the Business of Children’s Book Illustrating.” Dan Wendin and Ellie Huggins, owners of Truckee’s Coldstream Press will offer a look at starting a publishing company on April 25. Joanne Meschery will complete the four-session series on May 9, with an intimate look at her writing career.If the first round is well attended, Bookshelf Stores and the Friends will continue the series. There will be a $10 fee to compensate the presenters and benefit the Friends. Because enrollment will be limited to 20 participants, we recommend that you call the Library to reserve a place.Special Events– Women in History, presented by AAUW, Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. at the library– Publishing Workshop Series: Bookshelf Stores and Friends of the Library co-host a series of workshops with local writers and artists who make their living at their craft. Tom Lippert, photographer and Laurel Hilde Lippert, writer and editor, kick off the new series Wednesday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library.Special Programs for Children– Between the Lions:A PBS Reading Skills Program for ages 4 to 7, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., through March 28.Regular Childrens’ Programs– Saturday Morning StorytellingFor ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool.– Friday StorytimeFor ages 3 to 5, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library. Joanne Stacher will bring her trained animals to Storytime on March 16, March 30 and April 13 to introduce preschoolers to the hows, whys and whens of interacting with pets.– Tuesday ToddlertimeFor ages 3 and under, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.Now in the display case:Ukranian eggs painted by Pamela Williams and Hillary HumphreysLibrary Hours:Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Truckee Library10031 Levone Avenue582-7846


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