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Friends of the Library: New audiobooks for kids of all ages

Friends of the Library by Pam McAdoo

Books on cassette tapes seem to be flying off the library shelves these days. Perhaps the rest of the community has discovered what a difference they make in passing the time during long drives and commutes. The library continues to add to the collection, and has added some wonderful new tapes of classic and contemporary works for children.

In Hugh Lofting’s “The Story of Dr. Dolittle,” the remarkable Dr. Dolittle’s singular ability to talk with animals leads him to discover a deadly epidemic among monkeys. David Case’s expressive reading brings Lofting’s wonderful creation to vivid life, as Dolittle sails to Africa to contain the outbreak. Although written for children, the Dr. Dolittle books have a wide appeal for all ages.

In “Anne’s House of Dreams” by L.M. Montgomery, the spirited Anne of Green Gables is about to marry Dr. Gilbert Blyth in the sunshine of the old orchard among their dearest friends. They will be bound for a new life together in their own dream house on the purple shores of Four Winds.

A vampire bunny? Chester the Cat thinks the new addition to the family menagerie is actually vampire – and is convinced when the family finds a white tomato in the kitchen, sucked dry and colorless. “Bunnicula,” by James and Deborah Howe, has been described as stylish, exuberant make-believe, the product of an unreined imagination and a glinting sense of humor. Award-winning actor Victor Garber adds new dimension to this hilarious and fast-paced tale.

“Ghost Canoe” by Will Hobbs is an exciting historical adventure touched with real mystery and set in a remote locale. Fourteen-year-old Nathan McCallister helps his father tend a lighthouse off the coast of Washington, where he is befriended by the Makah Indians, and learns to fish and survive in the wild. He enters a life-and-death struggle when he pieces together a mysterious shipwreck, and watches gold ingots being thrown into the sea.

Among the more than 90 books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor are many novels for young adults. Fans of Naylor will be surprised to find that “Sang Spell” reads more like a mystery than her usual fare such as “Shiloh.” “Sang Spell” is the story of Josh, who is looking for a new life after an accident kills his mother and makes a mockery of his dreams. He hitches a ride with the wrong

person, and wakes up to find himself mugged and beaten on a country road. The old mute who rescues him takes him to a strange and remote village that seems to have come from another time and place. This is a fantasy built on the hopes and dreams of a people who longed for a place of peace, for a way out of the dark and rain.

The fourth book in the Harry Potter publishing phenomenon, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” is sometimes poignant, and often funny as read by Jim Dale. Dale’s interpretation of this enchanted other world is the consummate family listening experience.

Thomas Rockwell’s colorful and comical “How to Eat Fried Worms” is a fast-paced, original story filled with genuine understanding of the kind of humor kids love. Talented and versatile performer Jay O. Sanders brings his talent to a wonderful reading of this favorite.

And last, but by no means least, is the second book in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series. “The Subtle Knife,” the stunning sequel to “The Golden Compass,” is narrated by Pullman and a full cast, and the devilishly inventive story gallops with ferocious momentum. Watch for the publication of the third book, “The Amber Spyglass,” on Oct. 10.

Truckee Library Meeting

County Librarian Francisco Pinneli will hold a meeting Tuesday Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee Library to give an update on Truckee Library Services and Expenditures. The public is welcome to attend.

Book Donations

Thanks to all who donated used books to make out annual book sale fund-raiser a huge success in August. The sale of used books continues on the shelf in the library foyer year-round. Because of space constraints, we are only able to accept small amounts of used books in excellent condition at this time. We appreciate your support.

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.

Special programs for Children:

“Between the Lions,” Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 (Tuesdays), 4 p.m. at the Library, for ages 4-7

Regular Childrens Programs

Saturday Morning Storytelling, for ages 3 to 7

Saturdays, 10:30 at the Library with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool, starts Sept. 9

Multi-Cultural Storytime for ages 3 to 5

Fridays, 10:30 at the Library, starts Sept. 22

Toddlertime for ages 3 and under

Tuesdays, 10:30 at the Library, starts Sept. 26

Third Thursday Evenings of Fun

Third Thursday of each month, beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Library, Sept. 21 – Teddy Bear’s Picnic, for ages 3-6

Now on display at the Library:

– Over the fireplace: “Lili Damati,” drawing by Nina Ski

– In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt and pepper shakers; Dave Borgmeyer’s antiques

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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