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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: New library staffer welcomed

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

You’ve probably seen Tanzy Maxfield around town sometime during the 23 years that she’s been in the Truckee area, but you may not be used to seeing her behind the circulation desk at the Truckee Library.

She was hired last month to fill a part-time position at the library, a job which balances out her private practice in mind/body work in Truckee and Sparks and her position as a movement therapist at Northern Nevada Medical Center.

Tanzy grew up in a rural area near San Jose, and vividly remembers the weekly arrival of her local library’s bookmobile which brought the wonderful potential of books to her country existence. She likens the experience to the arrival of the ice cream truck, delivering sweetness and surprise to her young life.

Partly because of that early bookmobile experience, she developed firm criteria for her personal reading material: she likes to read anything from science fiction to mysteries, biographies and travel, as long as she learns something from a book – be it information, a deeper appreciation for something or someone she’s already acquainted with, or experiencing a new emotion or a different perspective.

In the past she has found the Truckee Library to provide a safe and comfortable place that offers its patrons a sense of belonging, contact with other community members, and a consistently warm welcome from the staff that she is now delighted to be a part of. When she walked into the library one day and noticed an announcement for a part-time position, she took an application form home, completed it, and returned it the same day.

Contrary to many people’s concept of library work as being sedentary, she finds her new position to be the most physically strenuous job she’s ever had, encompassing aerobic exercise, stretching, bending and leaning. She appreciates the demand of her new position with its constant interruptions, attention to detail and use of computers. She finds the casual social relationships with library patrons fills a different need for her than her intense and intimate contact with her private practice clients.

What does Tanzy wish for the Truckee Library? She hopes that people in the community appreciate the library as much as she does.

In the few weeks that she has been behind the circulation desk, she has been delighted to see how much the library is used. And although she realizes that the small facility is bursting at the seams, and recognizes the inevitability of a move to a new, bigger building sometime in the not-too-distant future, she hopes that the Library will always maintain its distinctive personality and flavor, continuing to be a resource as well as a haven for the community.

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.

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.

Wanted: Literacy Tutors

There will be a two-day free training for volunteer literacy tutors Friday, April 20, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call the library to sign up.

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.


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