Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Posted on July 20, 2016
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Todd Borg at South Lake Tahoe LibraryCheck out the free literary and cultural events hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

Written by Dennis Haer.

Tuesday, April 5, 6 PMLake 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. Mr. Blackwill will tell the fascinating the story of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company, and how Duane L. Bliss, William Seth Bliss, Walter D. Bliss, Duane L. Bliss Jr. and Frank Titus built and ran this tourist system, laying the foundation for Lake Tahoe’s present day tourist industry. Join the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society for this incredible history lesson is free and open to all.

Cheryl Ann Stapp (Medium)Wednesday, April 13th, 6 PM The Tahoe Big Year

​​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. The Sweatts documented their hundreds of discoveries with amazing photographs. Join the Friends of the Library as we view all the unique species who have passed this way with their entertaining slideshow. This is an opportunity for the entire community to learn about and experience the Tahoe region’s diverse bird community and rich birding opportunities. Free and open to all.

Saving Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, May 31, 2 PM 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. Annoyed at TRPA? Read this book to understand the fascinating backstory of this unique agency and then join what is sure to be a dynamic conversation about issues we all confront. Join the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society for this free event.

Wednesday, June 15, 6 PM 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.  The author’s knowledge and understanding of the Sierra emigration era serves as a background for what he has been able to express in this book. Join us in an amazing evening of history. Book sale and signing to follow. Join the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society for this event free.

Saturday, July 23, 3 PM Join the Friends of the Library as award-winning author Cheryl Anne Stapp presents her newest book,​​The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps, and Daring DriversShe lives with her husband in Sacramento and volunteers as a docent at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Cheryl has written about the amazing history that surrounds her in Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War; and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. Book sale and signing to follow. Free and open to all.
Frank TortorichWednesday, August 3, 6:30​ ​PM Local author​​Todd Borg returns with his 14th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery, sharing his writing techniques, inspirations and story lines in a very entertaining way. This is not to be missed. Book sale and signing to follow. Presented by the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society. This free event is open to all.

Wednesday, August 10, 6 PM Join us as 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. The presentation is based upon material from Noy’s book Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues which will be available for sale and signing; and from his upcoming book Gold Rush Stories (working title), which will be released in early 2017. Gary is an incredible storyteller. Join the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society for this interesting free event.

Saturday, August 20, 3 PM The Friends of the Library are very excited to host ​​Tony Rowell, presenting his new book, Sierra Starlight. Tony is the son of wilderness photographer Galen Rowell, and has assembled an ambitious collection of nightscape photographs interspersed with facts and reflections on the landscape, as well as anecdotes about how some of his most awe-inspiring shots were captured.
Tony will share his photos and talk about his experiences trekking through the Sierra Nevada and compiling this photo journal. Tony’s award-winning astrophotography has been published in books, calendars, and magazines, as well as exhibited all across California, and his astro time-lapse videos have been featured on the National Geographic Channel and NASA’s website. He is enthusiastic about discussing his love of astrophotography and the Sierra landscape with communities of readers, photographers, and nature-lovers who share in these passions. Books and photographs will be for sale. This event is free and open to all.
Tuesday, August 30, 6 PM Join the Friends of the Library, in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society for ​​“A Brief History of Underwear” presented by Jan Loverin, Curator of Clothing and Textiles at Nevada State Museum’s Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center. This is an incredibly interesting and engaging lecture about our most intimate attire…underwear!  It looks at the history of various forms and styles of undergarments worn by our ancestors.  Starting with the Egyptians and going through the millennia, this power point program reveals fascinating facts about corsetry, drawers (panties and shorts), petticoats, bustles, farthingales, and other undergarments men and women have worn throughout western civilization.  We all wear undies- come find out the WEAR and WHY of underwear. Free and open to all.
All of these events take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.



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