Winter Reading Program wrap up |

Winter Reading Program wrap up

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In Truckee, we are well known for our delightful long and snowy winters. Selecting the theme and#8220;Snowy Days and Books Go Togetherand#8221; for our Winter Reading Program seemed like a perfect fit for us at the Truckee Library. After a banner season of snow that lasted through the Fourth of July, we enjoyed early surprise snow of significance in October and a nice pre-Thanksgiving blanket of white as well. Truckee Libraryand#8217;s Winter Reading Program started the first week in December and ended with Ski/Skate week, with nary a snowflake to be seen. As soon as Ski/Skate week ended, the snow began to fall and as of late March, it hadnand#8217;t really stopped. Did we jinx the Truckee weather scene or what?

One of the first major snowstorms of the season coincided with the Winter Reading Programand#8217;s grand finale: an after-hours celebratory party for participants who reached their reading goal. After having to postpone last yearand#8217;s party twice due to epic snow events, we were loathe to repeat it. Despite the winter storm warning, or perhaps in celebration of it, this yearand#8217;s party was one of the most well-attended in recent memory.

Twenty-five of the 61 participants achieved their self-determined goal of reading a specific number of books during the months of December, January and February. These reading goals ranged from five books to 25. In December, all participants received a and#8220;Snowy Dayand#8221;-themed bookmark, reading record to help track their reading progress. Once they reached their reading goal, all finishers selected a prize book to keep, and were given an invitation to the after-hours celebration, allowing them to the freedom to break the food, drink, and noise prohibitions at the library once a year!—

Hearty congratulations to all our finishers of the 2011-12 Truckee Library Winter Reading Program: Gavin, Lexi, Adrian, Louise, Jack, Lauren, Steffen, Annelise, Kate, Laurel, Faith, Carly, Cooper, Natalie, Caitlin, Hope, Lily, Marthalawre, KayCee, Christian, Yahir, Sophia, Grace, Meri, and Kendall. Hearty thanks, too, to the Truckee Friends of the Library for making this program possible with their generous funding.

Stayed tuned for information regarding our Summer Reading Program, a decidedly more splashy version of its more retiring winter companion program: more reading, more prizes, and more library events! The Summer Reading Program always starts the last day of school, which is a moving target at this point with the specter of more snow days, especially now that it is officially spring! As for next yearand#8217;s Winter Reading Program, I promise to stay far away from any snow-related theme, just in case. Perhaps itand#8217;s time to re-visit a theme from one of the very first Winter Reading Programs many years ago: Totally Tropical Truckee. I still have the grass skirt clad snowman mascot waiting in the wingsand#8230;

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