South Lake Tahoe’s Friends of the Library announces diverse event lineup |

South Lake Tahoe’s Friends of the Library announces diverse event lineup

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Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. Curator Mark Jensen returns to share more stories from Carson Valley’s historic Dangberg Home Ranch.

Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. Lake Tahoe’s Railroad History will come to life with a presentation by Jerry Blackwill, vice president of Strategic Planning for the Truckee Donner Railroad Society.

Wednesday, April 13, 6 p.m. Local birders, Bob and Jenny Sweatt, spent the entire year of 2015 searching the basin for as many species of birds as they could find through Tahoe Institute for Natural Science’s Tahoe Big Year. The Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that make the Tahoe region their home all year-round, during summer or winter, or while passing through to other destinations.

Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. The Friends of the Library present author John Vanek, Lt. (Ret.), San Jose Police Human Trafficking Task Force. Vanek will discuss his book, “The Essential Abolitionist: What You Need to Know about Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2 p.m. Author Michael J. Makley joins our discussion of his scholarly book, “Saving Lake Tahoe,” which chronicles the ongoing battles amongst scientists, citizens, lawyers, governments, environmentalists, tycoons and entrepreneurs over how best to serve and utilize our greatest resource — Lake Tahoe.

Wednesday, June 15, 6 p.m. Author and local historian Frank Tortorich will share his newest book, “John A. ‘Snowshoe’ Thompson Pioneer Mail Carrier of the Sierra,” a gripping account of the legendary life, legacy, and accomplishments of Snowshoe Thompson.

Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m. Award-winning author Cheryl Anne Stapp presents her newest book, “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps, and Daring Drivers.”

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m. Local author Todd Borg returns with his 14th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery, sharing his writing techniques, inspirations and storylines in a very entertaining way.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Sierra College historian and Sierra Nevada native son Gary Noy presents an illustrated lecture on unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history, with a special focus on California Gold Rush drinking, dining and gambling habits and an historical surprise or two about Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 3 p.m. Tony Rowell presents his new book, “Sierra Starlight.”

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. “A Brief History of Underwear” will be presented by Jan Loverin, Curator of Clothing and Textiles at Nevada State Museum’s Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center.

Source: Friends of the Library, South Lake Tahoe


According to South Lake Tahoe Library branch manager Katharine Miller, “The South Lake Tahoe Library is consistently in need of funding to support collection development. This means we need money for books, audio-books, DVDs, magazines, ebooks, newspapers — all the great stuff that our patrons use on a daily basis to learn more about their world and enjoy their lives. The library is currently working toward increasing our broadband speed, thanks to efforts at the California State Library and advocates within our community. We also strive to maintain up-to-date technology for both our patrons and staff. This is funded primarily through El Dorado County, but has also been supplemented by the Friends of the Library in leaner times.”

South Lake Tahoe’s Friends of the Library recently announced an extensive event lineup spanning author presentations, expert analysis and even a brief history of underwear. Admission is free and events at South Lake Tahoe Library are open to the public.

“The uniqueness of the programming is how diverse it is — there’s something for everybody,” said Denise Haerr, Friends of the Library volunteer program coordinator. “The library is there for everyone.”

According to Jeanne Benin, president of the local Friends of the Library chapter, “Providing interesting adult and family programs for the community is a way to advocate for our library by bringing people into the building to see what is going on. … Topics range from serious to fun and, over the course of a year, we see both new and familiar faces as locals and visitors learn what a great resource our library is.”

Friends of the Library takes its mission seriously, Benin added — “To support and advocate for the library, patrons and staff.”

“Friends groups are a key partner for libraries everywhere,” said South Lake Tahoe Library branch manager Katharine Miller. “We could not meet our community’s needs, whether they be programming, books, or Internet access, without the efforts of our Friends.”

Support for the group and programming comes through fundraising efforts, primarily from used book sales three times a year. The Friends also encourage tax-deductable donations and other themed event fundraisers.

“Our annual budget is a bit over $20,000,” Benin noted, explaining that it comes from fundraising efforts listed above.

Anyone interested in involvement with Friends of the Library is encouraged to check out a meeting.

“We are an open group and all are welcome to join us help make decisions on how to support our library,” Benin said. “We meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the community room.”

Friends of the Library additionally hosts a book club, which meets the third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. Books are chosen by the group and more information is available at the library’s front desk.

South Lake Tahoe Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. For more library information, visit

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