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Pony Express riders tell about the famous mail service at library

by Leslie Pearson

Members from the National Pony Express Association were at the Douglas County Public Library last Wednesday to teach children about the famous old mail service.

Mona Dible, Jane Bailey and Lynne Baker explained how the Pony Express was established and how it became a symbol for the West.

After watching a video about the Pony Express route and about the lives of the riders, children got to see a presentation on how one rider would pass the mail carried in a saddle bag called a mochila to another rider.

Baker rode up on his horse Sunny to the front of the library where Dible was waiting with the mochila. After the saddle bag was put on the horse, Baker and Sunny galloped away while the kids waved.

Bailey said the Pony Express Association was started in 1978, and every year members of the organization reride the historic trail. They start in Sacramento, Calif., and end in St. Joseph, Mo. one year, and reverse the route the next. The ride takes 10 days and consists of 1,966 miles. The commemorative ride is done by relay riding, just like when the real Pony Express was operating.

“The Pony Express showed the spirit of the frontier,” Dible told the kids.

Origami will be featured at the Douglas County Public Library summer reading program special event on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m.

Dennis Little has volunteered at the library for many years, sharing his hobby of Japanese paperfolding. He tells the history of Japanese paperfolding and shares many of his projects.

“We have made fish, Olympic medals, cranes and boxes, to name a few of the items Dennis has instructed program participants in creating,” said librarian Carol Rapacz.

Children and adults are welcome. Parents may help the younger children with their project.

“READiscover Nevada” is the theme for the 2000 summer reading program. There is still time to register and finish the program.

The library is located at 1625 Library Lane, Minden.

For more information, call 782-9841.