FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Winter Reading Program starts |

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Winter Reading Program starts

A recent column in Time magazine by Eugenie Allen reported that although reading rituals are key to a child’s emotional and educational development, 60 percent of British parents reported that they do not have time to read to their children.

The number of parents who read to their children at night has plummeted from 93 percent to 40 percent in a single generation. This frightening statistic is most likely the result of seeing two parents working full-time in many households and the proliferation of hand-held computer games, which add up to a lack of time on the part of parents and a lack of interest on the part of their children.

The Truckee Library offers several different kinds of reading adventures for children of many ages, which are designed to fan the flames of passion for reading or rekindle the fire for children who have left reading by the wayside. One of the library’s biggest and best programs has always been the Summer Reading Program for ages 5 and up.

With the addition of new staff, the library has been able to add a Winter Reading Program to the annual event line-up. Last winter’s trial run was wildly successful, and we are again offering a winter program for children ages 5 and up.

This year’s theme is “Catch a Dragon by the Tale,” spotlighting fantasy, fairy tales and science fiction. Kids may sign up any time for the program, which runs now through the month of February (with Christmas vacation and Ski/Skate Week for lots of time to read). Participants who read five fantasy or science fiction titles will be awarded a free book, and will also be invited to one of two special invitation-only, after-hours parties at the library – one for children ages 5 -10, the other for ages 11 and up.

The Winter Reading Program was designed to remind children that reading is a great alternative to television, Internet and video games, and to encourage kids to explore the wonderfully imaginative world of books. The program is free and open to all Truckee kids.

Special Programs for Children:

— Kids ages 5 and up may come in any time to sign up for the Winter Reading Program, which runs now through February.

— Regular Children’s 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

— Multi-Cultural Storytime

For ages 3 to 5; Fridays, 10:30 at the library

— Toddlertime

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

— Third Thursday Evenings of Fun

Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at the library; for ages 3-6.

Now On Sale

Entertainment Books, with tremendous discounts on area restaurants and activities. A portion of the $20 purchase price benefits the Friends of the Library. On sale at the Library and at Boice Countryside Realty.

Now on display at the Library:

— Art above the fireplace by Lee Ann Masuret.

— In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt shakers

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


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