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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Poetry and more at the library

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

Get your calendars out, folks: the Friends of the Library are sponsoring special events for all ages in the next couple of weeks.

First up is the Poetry Contest for Kids, which is ongoing through Friday, April 20. Entries will be judged in four different age groups, and individuals may submit up to five entries. The winners will be featured at The Friends’ Annual Poetry Event.

The second program on the calendar is the third Publishing Workshop, co-sponsored by Bookshelf Stores, Inc. and Friends of the Library, on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

Ellie Huggins and Dan Wendin, owners of the Truckee-based Coldstream Press which publishes distinctive books that celebrate the Sierra Nevada and its history, will provide a glimpse into how they came to start their own publishing company, and what they’ve learned along the way.

“What Shall We Do Tomorrow at Lake Tahoe,” authored by Huggins and the first book from Coldstream, is now in its fifth edition, and has sold over 30,000 copies. The Press has won two Benjamin Franklin Awards for excellence in book design for “Magic Yosemite Winters: A Century of Winter Sports” by Gene Rose and Huggins’ “All Roads Lead to Yosemite,” a guide to lodging, dining and activities in Yosemite National Park and its gateway communities.

Space is limited, so call the Library to register.

Last, but by no means least, is the Friends’ Annual Poetry Event, scheduled for Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rec Center on Church Street. The Jibboom Street Writers – a local writing group which meets monthly for the sharing of food and critiques – will again be at the center of the event which features poets reading their own work as well as poetry by others.

The group grew out of a creative writing class taught by Tom Meschery in 1997 at Sierra College. Several members are published poets, and one – Cathee St. Clair – just won a poetry award. All Kids’ Poetry Contest entries will be on display, and the contest winners in each category will be featured.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which promises to be a memorable evening of celebration for all ages.

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 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

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.

— Tuesday Toddlertime

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

Now on Display:

“Granite Flats,” painting by Anke Claasen, beadwork by Audrey Collins

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

582-7846


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