FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Library offers books for Women’s History Month |

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Library offers books for Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month, an apt time to remember the remarkable women from the past who helped shape our modern-day lives.

The Truckee Library has a great collection of biographies about women who have made important contributions to our society.

Several years ago, the Truckee Chapter of the American Association of University Women donated Chelsea House Publishers’ “American Women of Achievement Series” to the library. Stories of more than 50 courageous and creative women in the arts and sciences, government and religion, in public and private life, are written in a colorful style especially for young adults. Included in the series are the stories of women such as the architect Julia Morgan, martyr Joan of Arc, and opera singer Marian Anderson.

The biography section for young readers also includes biographies of modern-day heroines, such as Princess Diana, actress Jodie Foster, singer Celine Dion, gymnast Dominique Moceneau, talk show host Rosie O’Donnell and former first lady, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The selection of biographies in the adult section includes books about actress Shirley Maclaine, pilot Beryl Markham, actress Mia Farrow, African-American dancer Judith Jamison, behavioral scientist Jane Goodall, author Colette, and former First Lady Barbara Bush, all of whom have intriguing life stories to relate.

The library has also recently updated its sections of books on women’s health issues, such as menopause, breast cancer, hysterectomy and endometriosis. Many of these works focus on prevention and health empowerment: taking responsibility for your own physical and mental health.

And lastly, check out books such as “Woman: A Geography,” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Natalie Angier, which Gloria Steinem calls, “Liberation biology. With wit, daring, and a generous heart, Angiers maps the female body and proposes revolutionary possibilities for both men and women”; and “The Complete Book of Running for Women,” by Claire Kowalchik, which offers up everything you ever wanted to know about training, motivation, injury prevention, racing, and much more.

It’s all at the library.

Special Events

— Publishing Workshop Series

Bookshelf Stores and Friends of the Library co-host a series of workshops with local writers and artists on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a $10 fee. Call to reserve a space.

March 28: Tom Lippert, photographer and Laurel Hilde Lippert, writer and editor

April 11: Susan Guevara, children’s book illustrator

April 25: Ellie Huggins and Dan Wendin, owners of Coldstream Press

May 9: novelist Joanne Meschery

— Poetry Month Events:

Celebrate April, National Poetry Month. There will be a Poetry Contest April 1-20 for three age groups: grades K-3, grades 4-5, middle school, and high school. Winners will be invited to read at the Friends of the Library Poetry Night April 27. The Annual Poetry Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Join the Jibboom Street Poets for a poetry celebration.

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 Storytelling

For ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool.

— Friday Storytime

For 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 Toddlertime

For ages 3 and under, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Now on Display:

“Granite Flats,” painting by Anke Claasen

Library 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 Library

10031 Levone Avenue


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