Care packages for troops and reading fun |

Care packages for troops and reading fun

Amy Roby

It has been eight years since Army Staff Sgt. Sean D. Diamond was killed in action while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his military service and since his death, his mother Sally Wiley has been committed to sending care packages to American troops all around the world. She has coordinated the delivery of more than 2,100 care packages to date and is planning the assembly of additional packages to be sent in time for the 4th of July.

To that effort, Wiley is hosting a “packing party” at her home in Gardnerville at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Wiley is accepting donations of a variety of goods to be included in the shipment. Requested items include: Pop Tarts, protein bars, Nature Valley Sweet & Salty bars, popcorn packets, gum, candy bars, jerky, biscotti, Corn Nuts, small packages of peanut butter or sunflower seeds, Vienna sausages, tuna packets, Rice Krispy treats, Kraft Mac & Cheese, dried fruit, small games and patriotic items. No toiletries or fruit juices are needed at this time.

If you are interested in donating items or assembling packages, contact Wiley at 775-783-9292 or at Donations should be delivered to Wiley’s home, 1846 Crockett Lane, by Tuesday, June 20.

Summer reading shines on at the library

The National Education Association states “…reading can be the ideal summer activity. It’s fun, portable, can involve the whole family, and will help your child academically.” The Douglas County Library is hosting a number of activities and special events to encourage and support student reading over the summer.

“Build a Better World” is the theme for the 2017 summer reading program, which runs through July 31. The self-paced programs for children and teens are separated into two groups: babies–11-year-olds and 12-17-year-olds. Registration forms can be found online at

Children track their progress (either by being read to or reading independently) on a sticker chart and are eligible to earn prizes for every hour read. Teens complete book review forms for every 100 pages read, which they turn in for eligibility to win weekly prizes. The grand prize for both programs is a glider ride donated by the Minden-Tahoe airport.

The summer reading program culminates with a performance by Jacques the Magician on Monday, July 31 at the C.V.I.C. Hall in Minden.

Story time at Lampe Park is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. through July 26. This ongoing event is open to all ages. Toddler story time takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Minden Library castle and runs through July 25. The Zephyr Cove Library hosts story time each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

On June 30 the library hosts story and craft time at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, 1450 Highway 88 in Minden. The fun gets underway at 11 a.m. and children of all ages are invited.

What could be better than having a dog as your reading buddy? The READing Paws program is held each Thursday from 10:30 a.m.–noon through July 27. Children can drop in and sign up to read to a furry friend for 15 minutes. Parental permission is required for this activity; forms are available at the Minden Library.

Other summer activities hosted by the library include a Building Workshop for Kids scheduled for 3 p.m. June 23. Advance registration for this Minden Library event must be made by June 22. The Minden Library also hosts a LEGO Brick Building Club each Tuesday at 3 p.m. Architects ages 4 and up can come to the library for a story and some creative construction time.

Both branches of the library will feature a wildlife show presented by Conservation Ambassadors July 12. The Zephyr Cove Library’s show gets underway at 4 p.m. and the Minden Library’s show will be held at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda in Minden starting at 6 p.m.

More seasoned readers might be interested in checking out the library’s “Book Group in a Bag.” The library currently has book group kits for more than 20 popular titles, each of which includes 10 copies of the selected book. Several kits include discussion questions and book reviews, and kits may be borrowed for up to six weeks. It’s a great opportunity to gather some friends and bond over books.

And don’t forget about Saturday movies at the Minden Library; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screens tomorrow and Moana plays on the 24th. Both start at 2 p.m.

Amy Roby can be reached at