New at the Truckee Library: Winter Reading Program for Kids, Facebook Page for Teens and more |

New at the Truckee Library: Winter Reading Program for Kids, Facebook Page for Teens and more

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As the days continue to shorten accompanied by that distinctive chill in the air, itand#8217;s the perfect time once again to settle down by the fire and curl up with a good book. It is also that time of the year when we kick off our annual Winter Reading Program for children ages 5 and up.

Designed not to interfere with school projects and reading, the winter reading program is much more low-keyed than its summer counterpart.

Participants are encouraged to read a total of eight books over a three-month period, which includes the holiday breaks and ski/skate week.

Our theme this year borrows from Jan Brettand#8217;s modern day classic, and#8220;The Mitten,and#8221; with and#8220;Make Room for Reading.and#8221; Just as the mitten made room for all the forest animals seeking shelter, we also need to make sure we and our children make room in our busy schedules to read.-

Sign-ups start Dec. 1 and the program runs through the end of February. Participants will receive a theme-related bookmark, along with a paper mitten to color and assemble for the eight animal characters to color and store in the mitten, representing their goal of eight books to read. Upon completion of the program in February, those who read five books will be awarded with a book of their own choosing and an invitation to an after-hours party at the library.

Even though many graduates of our winter reading programs past have now matured into teenagers, we have not forgotten them! In fact, we are reaching out to them on their own turf: Social networking. Announcements of new titles being added to the Young Adult collection throughout the Nevada County library system can be found on Facebook under the Nevada County Library Teen Scene. If you press and#8220;Like,and#8221; the announcements will begin to show up on your news feed. The announcements also include a short description/review of the book. This is a great way to keep up with what is being added to all five Nevada County library branches, not just Truckee. Itand#8217;s also better than simply browsing the new books shelf in the YA area, since many of the most popular titles may already be checked out. When you find a title that peaks your interest, give the library a call to put the item on hold; or better yet, go to the online catalog at and place the hold yourself.—

And for our littlest library users, a very large and colorful dragon has taken up residence adjacent to our storytime rug, thanks to a generous donation from a thoughtful patron who felt like the dragon would feel right at home in the library. Indeed he does. He has been garnering much attention from the storytime crowd, who enjoy petting him, riding him, or just snuggling up next to him with a good book.

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Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 582-7846,

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