Native son Nathan Krissoff honored at the Truckee Library |

Native son Nathan Krissoff honored at the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Children's Services Librarian
Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun file photoBill Krissoff holds a portrait of his son Nathan who was killed in Iraq.

Nathan Krissoff was a Truckee native and Marine 1st Lt. who died in December 2006 in Iraq at the age of 25. Krissoff was serving as a counterintelligence officer when he died from injuries sustained by a roadside bomb in al-Anbar province. Krissoff was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor. Krissoff’s father, Dr. Bill Krissoff, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Truckee, joined the Marines a year later in honor of his son.

The Krissoff legacy lives on at the Truckee Library, thanks to Judy Fasani. Fasani worked as a nurse at the Tahoe Forest Hospital with Dr. Krissoff from his arrival in Truckee until her retirement in 2004. She recently donated money to purchase books in the children’s section of the Truckee Library in honor of Nathan Krissoff. Specifically, she earmarked the funds to go toward the purchase of books for 7-9 year-olds. When asked why she was most interested in that age range, she explained that her daughter Kimmy went to preschool and kindergarten with Nathan’s younger brother, Austin, who is now also serving as a Marine. Both Nathan and Austin attended Truckee Elementary School and were regular users of the Truckee Library before their family relocated to Reno.

Purchasing books for 7 to 9-year-olds was a pure pleasure, since that particular age encompasses such a wide range of books, from picture books to easy readers to early chapter books. Nearly 20 new books on the shelves of the Truckee Library now sport calligraphed bookplates in memory of Nathan Krissoff by Judy and Kimmy Fasani. Highlights of the new additions include picture books such as “The Dangerous Alphabet” and “Blueberry Girl” by Neil Gaiman, “Zen Ties,” a sequel to Zen Shorts by Jon Muth, the latest “Fancy Nancy” easy readers, all the “Bone” series chapter books and non-fiction too, including the best-selling “Christian the Lion,” based on the classic film “Born Free,” and David Macaulay’s fascinating look at the ground beneath us in “Underground.”

In this era of the ever-shrinking library budget, it is such a service to the community (not to mention a thrill to the librarian) to make a monetary donation to the library. When it is done in memory of an esteemed or loved one, it becomes even more meaningful. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving and helps keep the memory alive every time a “gifted” book is checked out.

Library Hours

Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years) through May 20

Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years) through May 20

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)

Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. 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.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole

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