On the Shelf

By Paul Guffin

Wiggling and Giggling at the Downieville Library

If you stop by the Downieville Library between 10:30 AM and noon on pretty much any Tuesday, you will discover that the normal library dictum of “Quiet” does not apply. That is because the “Wiggles-N-Giggles Playgroup” will be in full swing, and trying to keep pre-schoolers quiet just isn’t in the lesson or game plan.

The playgroup is a program of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, and is led here by Shelly Fischer. All children, from newborn to those who have not yet started school, are invited to come and take part. Emphasis is on “play”, although there might also be some (probably brief) times of reading and listening. Also, a snack is provided. Adults who bring children must, as Shelly says, plan to “stay and play”.

Downieville Library’s part in this is offering a warm, comfortable space “among the books” for these young children and their caregivers to relax and enjoy one another and the space. The library is located in the basement of the Native Daughters’ Hall at 318 Commercial Street. For more information, please call Shelly at 289-3146.

What’s New on the Shelves of the Downieville Library

As you might already know, only occasionally does the library actually put brand new books on its shelves (usually as the result of a kind donation). However, there are pretty much always items that are new to the library. If they are books, they will most likely be found on the “New Books” shelf, straight ahead as you enter the library. Here’s the new “new to us” stuff waiting for your perusal:

Fiction books:

The Roald Dahl Treasury, by Roald Dahl (juvenile)

The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac

A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle (young adult)

Non-fiction books:

The Visual Dictionary of Ships and Sailing, by Dorling Kindersley (juvenile)

Reaching for the Stars and Beyond, by Peter Wolf Huebner (biography & local interest)

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, by Dean Koontz

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, by Richard Labunski

Journey to Sunshine Mountain, by Peter Pillsbury, Sr. (local interest)

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel

The Motherlode: A Celebration of California’s Gold Country, by Kristin Wrisley (local interest)

Video – Blu-Ray:

Fringe: Season 3

Video – DVD:

Family Business

Fringe: Seasons 1-5 (complete series)


Downieville Library’s Vital Information

Location: 318 Commercial Street (basement of Native Daughters’ Hall)

Phone: (530) 289-3544


Tuesday — 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday — 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

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