Library Loop: Common Questions Librarians Receive

The Truckee Library invites everyone to visit during National Library Week – whether for the first time, the first time in a long time, or the first time since yesterday – and explore what’s available, what’s new and what coming soon to your library.
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Three common questions we receive at the library:

“Can I use the restroom?” Yes! You most certainly can.

“Can you help me on the computer?” Maybe.



“Can you suggest a good book?” Yes! Yes! Yes!

We love doing this and we excel at it if I may say so. We call this task Reader’s Advisory in the library world. In library school (yes, it really does exist), librarians learn a method of inferring a reader’s preferences with a tool called “Reference Interview.”



We ask a client a series of questions that limit their literary tastes to a small, manageable group. We start with general questions: “Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Then continue to narrow down details like genre, writing style, favorite authors, negative triggers, and even mood. These pieces of information are then processed by the librarian’s mental library to result in thoughtful and well-informed suggestions.

Most librarians love this detective work which has the satisfying result of connecting people to books. Feel free to ask library staff for suggestions, we really like it. Many patrons become attached to a particular library staff member, blindly trusting their suggestions based on a track record of success. It is particularly gratifying for us.

For library patrons interested in making their own reader advice, great tools abound. Websites such as Amazon, Goodreads or Bookish provide free advice to readers and are fabulous tools for finding similar reads and exciting new genres. All your local libraries offer NoveList, an online advisory subscription for literature. It is readily available on your library’s website and free to library patrons. It’s the place to go online for your next favorite book recommendation. You can search by authors you like and find similar writing styles or similar themes. You can search by age group, genre, calling, era, subject, individual, winners, location, beat and tone. It’s easy to navigate and it’s a pretty interesting rabbit hole to waste a day there. You will undoubtedly find books that you would not have considered on the market. NoveList also offers book club resources with links to book discussion guides and tips and tricks for starting a book club (or revitalizing your current one).

Even with the varied resources available to help narrow the ocean of books to your own individual stream, sometimes it’s good to venture out boldly and read something you’ve put off reading or think you won’t like. not because it’s “out of your way”. .” Reading a book you “hate” is at worst a great perspective on what you love, but as you experiment with new genres and branch out, chances are you’ll find worlds you never knew existed.

So whether you’re asking a librarian or surfing the web, know that there are plenty of great options to help you find your next great read.

Events to come:

Tilted Village Library
845 Alder Avenue, Incline Village
775-832-4130

Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Baby Story Time – ideal for children 0-18 months.

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Toddler Time – ideal for children 18 months to 3 years old.

Wednesday, June 29, 4 p.m. – Freshwater Fun with NDOW – Learn about our local waters and the creatures that call them home.

Tuesday, July 5, 5 p.m. – Artist reception with Dotty Molt and her Every Image has a Story gallery.

Wednesday, July 6, 4 p.m. — Weird Science Wednesday. Come experience the science of ice cream and create your own!

Friday, July 8, 6 p.m. – Movie night. Free popcorn.

Kings Beach Library
301 Secline St. Kings Beach

Saturday, July 2 and 3 Mega book sale. North Tahoe Conference Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, July 2, 11 a.m. “All About Birds”. Come and make a birdhouse, binoculars, Origami, and receive a birding journal.

Wednesday, July 6 Book Club 2 to 3:30 p.m. “The Soul of an Octopus” Alternates between Tahoe City and Kings Beach. This discussion will take place at the Tahoe City Library

Friday, July 8, Baby Lapsit 10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. After game time. 0-18 months and caregivers. North Tahoe Event Center.

Friday, July 8, 1-2 p.m. Wild Things. Meet a variety of live exotic animals and learn their habits.

Friday, July 29 11 a.m. Powerful pollinators. Build a bee house and learn about local pollinators.

Tuesday, 10-10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime with Miss Bree. Songs, rhymes and silly fun.
Take a craft to take home to create at your child’s leisure. All parts included except glue and scissors.
Summer reading continues through July. Sign up, read, win prizes.

Tahoe Public Library
740 North Lake Boulevard City of Tahoe
530-583-3382

Tuesday, July 5, 11-11:30 a.m. Baby Lapsit. 0-18 months and caregivers. Baptist Church 390 Fairway Drive
Wednesday, July 6, Book Club! 2-3:30 p.m. “Soul of an Octopus” Tahoe City Branch.

Thursday 7 July, 3.30-4.30 p.m. “iPhones explained”. Bring your questions! Held at the Plumas Bank Conference Room – 215 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City.

Friday, July 15, 11 a.m. Painting 1,2,3 Anyone can paint with step-by-step, instructor-led instructions.

Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer book sale. Good books, good deals.

Thursday, July 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. “Androids Explained” Bring your questions. Held at the Plumas Bank Conference Room – 215 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City.

Friday, July 22, 11 a.m. Birdhouse Building. Build a fun birdhouse to encourage birds all year round.

Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime with Mr. Matthew. Have fun with songs, books and nursery rhymes.

Thursdays at Farmer’s Mkt – Check out our Common’s Beach Storywalk and stay for story time at 10am

Truckee Library
10031 Levon Ave, Truckee
530-582-7819

June 13 – August 13: Participate in the Nevada County Library’s summer learning program, “Reading Beyond the Box.”

June 13 – August 13: Storywalk on the Truckee Legacy Trail with the book, Senorita Mariposa.

Tuesdays at 11 a.m.: Coloring to Zen, a coloring program for adults. All materials provided.

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime at Truckee Regional Park next to the Farmer’s Market.

Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: summer craft hour for children

Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Lego Children’s Club

July 14, 4 p.m.: Wild Things Conservation Ambassadors. Join us for a fun animal demonstration!

July 16 at 10 a.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m.: Cricut Crafts. Using the Cricut machine and app, join us in making an iron-on transfer. Registration is mandatory: https://madelynhelling.evanced.info/signup/calendar

July 19 at 1 p.m.: Just Books Book Club, discussing The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

July 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: the locals travel “beyond the beaten track”. Share your experience and drop a pin on our map of your favorite “off the beaten track” spot.

July 21 at 4 p.m.: West Coast Falconry. Learn more about raptors and their role in the environment.

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