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Friends of the Library: Summer reading program begins at library

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

The Children’s Summer Reading program is off and running with almost 100 young readers already signed up. Along with the regular independent reading for prizes, the program offers weekly free events at the Library which start today.

This year the Library is hosting a weekly Teen Film Series for ages 11 and up, in addition to the events for readers; both will relate to this summer’s pirate theme.

Weekly events for Reading Program participants kick off with a motley assortment of guest pirates reading gripping tales of life on the high seas.

Next week, the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard will be on hand to impart information about life and safety on the high seas. A Pirate Treasure Hunt will be the featured entertainment during the last week of July.

The first event in August will be a quiz show testing your knowledge about pirates, coupled with the fabrication of a pirate bookmark. Next on the slate is the renowned local theater company KITUS, who will regale you with giant puppets. And lastly, Bruce L. King from Truckee Ballet Arts will bring his fencing students to demonstrate swashbuckling swordplay!

All the events are free for participants, who may sign up anytime until the program ends on Aug. 16.

A series of perilous, swashbuckling and thrilling films, accompanied by popcorn, will be offered for ages 11 and up on Thursdays at 6:30 starting this evening.

In the classic ’30s-style adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Harrison Ford battles mean Nazis, decodes hieroglyphics, fights his fear of snakes, and still manages to have time left for romance. “The Man in the Iron Mask” is a swashbuckling tale of twin brothers separated at birth who grow up to be King Louis XIV and a carefree wanderer. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Perfect Storm,” a harrowing, special effects adventure showing the plight of fishermen caught at sea and the heroics of rescue crews during the biggest storm in recorded history. Exiled into slavery by a tyrannical governor, Errol Flynn, as Irish physician Peter Blood, is forced into piracy in “Captain Blood.” Modern-day pirates Harrison Ford and Anne Heche become stranded together on a remote island when their plane goes down in “Six Days, Seven Nights.” And lastly, Peter Pan has grown up and forgotten about Neverland, until Captain Hook kidnaps Peter’s children, in the film “Hook.”

Teens may come with or without parents to watch the free films, and do not need to sign up in advance.

Pick up a schedule of these events at the Library, and please join us for some free – and swashbuckling – summer entertainment.

Library hours:

Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special Events:

— Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale, Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Used books may be donated through Aug. 3. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale; sign up at the library.

— Children’s Summer Reading Program:

For ages 5 and up. Sign up anytime, weekly programs begin July 12.

— Teen Summer Film Series: For ages 11 and up. Begins July 12

Regular Childrens Programs:

(Tuesday and Friday Storytimes are taking a break)

— 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


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