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Alpine County Library and Archives: Read On…

by Virginia York

On April 6, Todd Borg, author of the award-winning Tahoe Mystery Series, gave a free talk at the Alpine County Library to an enthralled group of Alpiners. Todd, who lives at Lake Tahoe, spoke in a lively, encouraging way about writing and publishing. One of his rules of thumb is to write books which his mother would recommend to her friends; violence happens mostly off-stage and there are only suggestions of sex. His 11th book in the series, “Tahoe Trap,” will be coming out in August.

UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS: Mark your calendars

Saturday 1-3 p.m. Celebrate National Library Week with the Teddy Bear Parade. Alpine Kids will host a free barbeque. Miss Honey Bear will lead the parade around the park at 1:30. Other community organizations will sponsor craft tables and activities for children. Everybody is welcome at this free event.

Saturday May 11, 9-11 a.m., at the library, LifeStory Writing Workshop. Karen Dustman, freelance writer and local historian, will be teaching this free workshop which will get you started on writing your own life story or that of a family member. To take part, contact Karen at 694-2122 or

One Saturday a month the library, in partnership with Choices for Children, presents a children’s storytime. Rachel Brothers, of Choices for Children, provides a story and craft; The Friends of the Library fund a healthful snack and supplemental supplies. Check with the library for dates and times.

On June 29, 4-9 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual Wine in the Garden fundraiser at the Mountain and The Garden, 150 Old Pony Express Road, near the Woodfords junction of highways 88 and 89. Come and imbibe fine, donated wines and relax in the company of your friends and neighbors. There will be live music. Tickets, available from the library or at the entrance, are $20 each, $35 for two. There’ll be a raffle, too. Prizes include wine tastings at nearby wineries, nights and meals at our inns and restaurants and the beautiful work of local artists.


■ On March 19 the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reinstate the county librarian as a department head. This restores the library’s seat at the county table.

■ In February the Library was awarded $18,500 by California State Library for the “Pitch an Idea” grant. The winning idea is to create a digital learning center in the library called “The Alpine Digital Bridge.”

A local artisan is generously donating time to make furniture for this project from locally grown woods. The library plans to open the center in July.

■ The Library was also awarded a grant ($1,340) to attend the California Library Association meeting in Long Beach in November. The meeting is mandated for county librarians.

■ In February the county hired a part-time Bookmobile driver, Sherry Sellars, to provide service to Diamond Valley School. The Diamond Valley School Site Council agreed to a proposal to fund the restoration of this position in November.


*Archives assistant, Nancy Thornburg, reports that the Archives received a donation of 10 rolls of microfilm of all early Alpine County newspapers from 1864-c1900. Nancy recently finished cataloging the original Archives collection into the database. She is glad to come to the Archives on request to help researchers. Call her at (530) 694-2102.

As part of the County Facility Plan, the Board of Supervisors approved moving the Archives into the office currently occupied by the D.A. This will provide much needed space.

*For more Library & Archives news go to the new County website: ( click on Departments, then Library & Archives). Learn what’s happening at our Bear Valley Branch; find a current Bookmobile schedule; check out free eBooks; learn about the Braille and Talking Book program; fill out a volunteer application and/or joint the Friends of the Library. Get involved! Need more information? Call the Library: (530) 694-2120)