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Hot new books on cool activities

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

The generous new blanket of snow in town may be turning your thoughts to the pleasures of winter recreation.

If so, the Truckee Library has a batch of books on the hows and whys of snowboarding, mountain biking in the snow, mountaineering, figure skating and true-life mountaineering adventures, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat on these cold winter nights.

Among the recent additions to the winter sports titles are several new books on snowboarding.

“Ultimate Snowboarding” by Bethany Stevens gives not only background information on the explosive history of this hot young sport, but also offers mountains of practical advice on everything from equipment to different halfpipe tricks.

Lowell Hart’s “The Snowboard: A Guide for All Boarders” is for both skiers and non-skiers who want to get in on the excitement of the fastest-growing winter sport. This is the first snowboarding guide aimed at the post-teen crowd.

If you’re already an experienced boarder and are looking for new terrain, “Backcountry Snowboarding” by Christopher van Tilburg is the ideal in-depth handbook to help you venture into the backcountry.

Hate the idea of parking your mountain bike for the winter? “Snow Mountain Biking” may change your ideas about the potential for year-round biking. Jason Glaser’s book covers the history, equipment, and contemporary practice of mountain biking in the white stuff.

“The Complete Winter Sports Manual” by Bern Kreissman is a must for anyone who plays in the winter outdoors. Kreissman, a former university library administrator and UNESCO consultant, is a lifelong conservationist and winter sports enthusiast. His essential manual covers all aspects of staying safe and warm while snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and camping in winter.

If you’re interested in more of an armchair approach to outdoor sports, or want to supplement your own real-life winter adventuring, there are many books on the thrills, narrow escapes, and tragedies of outdoor enthusiasts available.

Whether you’re looking to further your own outdoor skills or catch a glimpse of others’ adventuring, the Truckee Library has these books and many more to enhance and augment your winter recreation experiences.

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.

– Babes in Bookland

An infant lapsit program for ages 6 to 18 months and their caregivers 8-week session begins Feb. 7. Call the library to register.

– Between the Lions

A PBS Reading Skills Program for ages 4-7, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Feb 7- March 28

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

– Friday Storytime

For ages 3 to 5; Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library. Beginning in February, Joanne Stacher will bring her trained dogs to every other Friday Storytime (Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 2, March 16, March 30, 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

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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