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Truckee reads "The Tipping Point"

Pam McAdoo
Special to the Sierra Sun

You may remember the Truckee Reads project a few years ago when the Friends of the Library partnered with Bookshelf Stores to organize a “One Town One Book” event.

Community members were encouraged to read “Snow Mountain Passage,” James D. Houston’s work of historical fiction about the Donner Party, then come together for a weekend of events centered around the book, the author, and the writing of historical fiction.

Focusing on the Donner Party saga of course brought on an unseasonable snowstorm during the events weekend in April, but intrepid Truckee-ites shoveled their way out to attend an evening with the author, a panel discussion with authors of historical fiction, and more.

This winter the Friends will be partnering with Sierra College’s Institute for Sustainability to promote another Truckee Reads event, this time centered on a work of nonfiction.

Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” introduces the author’s theory about the phenomenon of trends in the spread of products and ideas ” from the contagiousness of a yawn and the popularity of Sesame Street, to the leap of a book from unknown to bestseller status.

Gladwell likens fads to epidemics in which one microscopic virus can have an enormous effect on an entire species.

Eminently readable and engaging, “The Tipping Point” discusses the idea that small actions can produce massive behavioral change. It presents almost endless opportunities for a weekend of discussion, is available in paperback, and should appeal to readers of a range of ages, from high school up.

Author Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, is also the author of “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” and was named by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of its 100 most influential people. Both “Blink” and “The Tipping Point” reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

If you’re anything like I am, you have several friends in town ” perhaps a special neighbor down the street ” whom you like to remember with a small gift or something hand-made during the holiday season. “The Tipping Point” would be a great choice: it is not only a great and engaging read, but it offers the potential opportunity for meeting with a cross-section of people in our community to discuss an engaging theory from a staff writer of New Yorker magazine.

The Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks will be offering community readers a 10 percent dicount on “The Tipping Point” (15 percent for Bookshelf frequent Buyers). Truckee Book and Bean will also keep the book on the shelf, and, with any luck, you’ll also find a used copy there for yourself.

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.

On Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m at the Library, the group will discuss Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray. Love.” 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 through February, 2008 for ages 5 and up

Sign up anytime at the Library

Note: Toddlertime and Babes in Bookland are on hiatus until the New Year.

Thursdays at 11:15. For ages 3-6

Stories, songs, and fingerplays in Spanish and English

When school is in session: Fridays at 10:30 and 1:30, for ages 3-5

The Library’s 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.

“Open to All: What the Library Means to Me”, an anthology of library memories by residents of Nevada County. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of books for the Nevada County library branches.

New art Dec. 4:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Over the fireplace: “Evening Light on Dry Mountain,” acrylic on canvas by Mike Bond.

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