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Make reading a New Years resolution

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With the arrival of the New Year, many of us compile lists of ideas for improving our health, our minds, our relationships with others, and/or the actualization of dreams and goals. Books and reading can figure prominently on a list of New Years resolution, especially for those of us who find ourselves spending more time on the computer or watching television. Here are a few ideas for reinvigorating the role of books in your life:1. Check out a library book to learn something new such as astronomy, knitting, or a language.2. Read outside your usual genre. If youre a mystery addict, try a biography, historical fiction, or humor.3. If youve dreamed about writing, take the bull by the horns and determine to bring your dream to fruition by writing a short story, poem, or novel.4. Resolve to forsake Amazon and the big chains such as Borders and Barnes andamp; Noble in order to spend more money at local independent books stores. Although their prices may be a little higher, you will avoid shipping charges and will be supporting the bookstore owners and employees who, if they dont number among your friends and neighbors, are living and working in your community.5. Check out a self-improvement book to inspire you to change something about your life which feels unresolved or incomplete.6. Find creative ways to help the children in your life learn to read. This could include encouraging them to read a book to a pet, taking them to a program for kids at your local library, or becoming more open-minded about offering them alternative reading materials such as song lyrics, comic books, or a biography of a favorite sports hero or film star.7. Check out a guide book from the library on a subject such as local birds, hiking or mountain biking trails, or hot springs.8. Decide to watch one less TV program a week and devote that time to reading.9. Check out an audio book that will appeal to the whole family to help pass the time on your next car trip.10. Subscribe to a new periodical or resolve to spend a couple of hours each month reading a magazine at the library which interests you.11. Donate your bestsellers to the library once youve finished reading them.12. Volunteer some time on a regular basis to help out at your local library.13. Join or start a book club.

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. Truckee Reads: One Town One BookRead Malcolm Gladwells The Tipping Point and watch for information about a weekend of related events in the spring, sponsored by the Friends of the Truckee Library and Sierra Colleges Institute for Sustainability. Bookshelfs Dry Camp Book Club at the Library Meets monthly at the Library. The book for the January meeting is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, the selection for this years Truckee Reads event. 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. Everyone is welcome. Winter Reading Program: Snow is Falling Books are Calling!Now through February, 2008 for ages 5 and upSign up anytime at the Library Regular Childrens ProgramsNote: Toddlertime and Babes in Bookland are on hiatus until the second week in January. Storytelling with Mrs. Fix Thursdays at 11:15. For ages 3-6 Bilingual StorytimeStories, songs, and finger plays in Spanish and English When school is in session: Fridays at 10:30 and 1:30, for ages 3-5 Wanted: Literacy Tutors (English speaking or bilingual)The Librarys Literacy Program is in desperate need of more tutors to serve a waiting list of learners. Training will be held at the end of January. For more information call Rolann at 575-7030. Now on display at the libraryNew art 12/4Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly Over the fireplace: “Evening Light on Dry Mountain”, acrylic on canvas by Mike Bond. Pam McAdoo is a Truckee resident, an artist and active in library issues in the community.

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