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Friends of the library: Providing community activities at your library

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

With Measure B providing so many new books and materials at the library, it’s easy to forget how much the Friends of the Truckee Library do behind the scenes.

When the library was in desperate financial straits, the Friends provided all funds for new books and were active advocates, meeting with library staff from Nevada City, attending meetings of the Board of Supervisors, organizing letter-writing campaigns, and financing the campaign that contributed so much to the successful passage of Measure B.

Although the Friends are ever-vigilant about the way the county administers the functions of the library, and continue to press the county for financial accountability, the group has recently been able to turn its focus to its real purpose: providing for the community activities and programs that are not funded by the Nevada County Library System.

Perhaps you’re not aware that the Friends purchase and maintain the best-seller collection at the Truckee Library. For years, the library bought best-sellers, only to have the larger community in the western end of the county place holds on the titles. The Truckee Friends solved this dilemma by purchasing best-sellers and separately cataloging them, so that the recent titles are available only to the Truckee residents who helped pay for them. When books in the Friends’ best-seller collections are longer in constant demand, they are added to the library’s permanent collection.

The Friends of the Truckee Library also place a high priority on programs for children. The Friends sponsor programs by purchasing prizes, food, and giveaway books for the Winter and Summer Reading Programs, the Teen Advisory Council, and regular Storytime programs. The Friends also donate books to public school classrooms and homes that would not otherwise have books on their shelves.

Another project that has benefited form the Friends is the remarkable garden that was developed and planted on the west side of the building during the past few years. The Friends provided both seed money and volunteers to help the garden project get off the ground. Anyone who has walked through the garden or spent some quiet time on its benches can appreciate the huge improvement that the garden has made to the library facility.

Providing cultural events for the community is also a special emphasis for the Friends. For the past four years, the Friends have sponsored an annual Poetry Celebration – an evening of readings and conversation with local poets. The library hosted a performance of a TAG production entitled “The Librarian” several years ago, as well as concerts, readers theaters, and author panels.

On Nov. 17 and 18 of this year, the Friends will be hosting the KITUS theater group for a performance of “The Drunken Garden,” an original adaptation of the poetry of Rumi.

Outreach is another focus for the Friends, and members donate time to the Homework Club at Truckee Pines Apartments. The Friends are currently exploring, along with library staff, some new and different ways to make library resources and programs available to the local Hispanic community.

To accomplish their goals, the Friends raise funds by sponsoring an on-going sale of used books in the library foyer, organizing an annual sale of used books during the summer, selling “Entertainment Books” full of discount coupons for area businesses, and by encouraging community members to join the Friends.

If you are not yet a member, please consider joining this organization that contributes to our community in many ways.

Theater at the Library

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 -18, 8 p.m.

Local theater group KITUS will perform “The Drunken Garden” for all ages. Tickets are $8 adults, $3 seniors and under 12, available at the library.

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

Multi-Cultural Storytime for ages 3 to 5

Fridays, 10:30 at the Library

Toddlertime for ages 3 and under

Tuesdays, 10:30 at the Library

Third Thursday Evenings of Fun

Third Thursday of each month, beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Library, for ages 3-6

Now on display at the Library:

– Art above the fireplace by Lee Ann Masuret.

– 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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