It’s storytime |

It’s storytime

The grand tradition of reading stories to children has always been important at the Truckee Library. When my children were little, we rarely missed Marigray Fish’s storytelling sessions, complete with songs and jokes, personalized name tags, and on special occasions a marching band ” choose your instrument from an eclectic collection of drums, cymbals, triangles, and assorted other noisemakers ” which often wound through the library. Regulars back then either developed enough tolerance for the general chaos, fled outside to the quiet of the front porch, or stayed away completely on story time mornings.

For many parents, the story times at the library are an important date on the weekly calendar and an easy way to introduce their children to the wonder of books and stories, music and language. Since the Marigray Fish Era, there have been a series of volunteers like Vica Arington and Marina Maclean to read books, teach fingerplays, sing songs, and play games such as ring-around-the-rosie both in Spanish and English. Currently Teri Rinne, the children’s librarian, presents a weekly Babes in Bookland program on Wednesdays for children 6 to 24 months, complete with board books, bubbles, stickers, and songs, as well as a Tuesday Toddlertime program is for 2- to 4-year olds. When school is in session, the State Preschool holds a bilingual story time on Fridays.

And then there is Mrs. Fix’s unique brand of storytelling. For eight years, Dianne Fix of Church of the Mountains Preschool has been volunteering her time to offer a weekly program for 3- to 6-year-olds at the Truckee Library. Fix chooses weekly themes such as trains, birds, growing things, food, folktales, and several books by one author to present her “storytelling” session which is sometimes accompanied by music (copies of her storytelling theme calendar are available at the front desk).

Fix opened the preschool at the Church of the Mountains in 1984, and continues to this day to offer a multi-cultural curriculum to her young charges. She has always loved books and stories, and sees her library storytelling session as an outreach program to promote literacy in the community. Through the literacy project she started some years back at the preschool, she gives away books on special occasions to her 3- to 6-year-old audience at the library.

This year she decided to move her program at the library from Saturday to Thursday mornings at 11:15 a.m., in hopes of attracting children in afternoon kindergarten to the library to experience the magical world of books and reading. Come on and check it out.

Pam McAdoo is a Truckee resident, an artist and active in library issues in the community.


Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 582-7846


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.

Bookshelf Book Club

Meets at the Library on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. “Death at La Fenice,” by Donna Leon, is the book for discussion on Oct. 17. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks.

Children’s Programs


Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 3 years

Babes in Bookland

Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11 a.m., for ages 6-24 months

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix

Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.. For ages 3-6

Bilingual Storytimes

Stories, songs, and fingerplays in Spanish and English, Fridays when school is in session, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., for ages 3-5

Wanted: Tutor for Homework Club

Nevada County Literacy Service-is looking for an ELLI (English Language Literacy Intensive) homework club teacher for Truckee Elementary School homework club to tutor third, fourth and fifth-grade ELLI students in English, math and social studies two days per week for two hours. Position pays $11 an hour. For more information call the library literacy hotline: 575-7030.-

Now on display at the library

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Over the fireplace: acrylic painting by Eve Werner, Quercus lobata serpentine’

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