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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Publishing workshop series continues

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

Kick yourself if you missed the April 11 session of the new Publishing Workshop Series at the library with local award-winning children’s book illustrator Susan Guevara.

Guevara is not only an accomplished illustrator with 11 books to her credit, but also an organized and engaging speaker who had mountains of information to offer on her subject, “Breaking Into Children’s Book Illustrating.”

Guevara, who lives on the summit, did not decide to learn how to draw until she was 27. After attending the illustration program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, she lived in Paris and Belgium where she studied with the Flemish impressionist painter Remy Van Sluys.

During her last semester in a BFA degree program in San Francisco, she prepared a dummy book for “Emmett’s Snowball” by Ned Miller. A year later Henry Holt Publishing accepted the book for publication, and she was off and running.

Although many illustrators have a “signature style,” Guevara feels it logical to use her varied tools as an artist – medium, palette, composition – to respond to the author’s tools, voice, dialogue and vocabulary. Consequently, each of Guevara’s books has an individual style and personality. For each new book project, she creates a new visual world.

Guevara is a tireless researcher, and often finds that she can’t use all the details she unearths during her research process.

But she feels that the knowledge of events, appearances, popular culture, fads, advertising, politics and art that surround her subject matter help shape her vision and give depth and credibility to the images she produces.

Among the many awards her illustrations have garnered are the Parents’ Choice Award, Certificate of Excellence Parenting Magazine Award, the first Pura Bel Award, and the first Tomas Rivera Award.

She is currently working on a picture book entitled “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright” by Dee Lillegard.

Guevara’s workshop at the Library followed an illuminating session with Tom and Laurel Hilde Lippert who offered tips and advice on magazine writing, editing, and commercial photography.

If you’re at all interested in writing, illustrating, or publishing, check out the Workshop Series which is open to all ages and co-sponsored by Bookshelf Stores, Inc. and the Friends of the Truckee Library. Advance registration at the library is important as space is limited to 20 participants.

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

— 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 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

582-7846


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