Nevada County Reads & Writes 2019

Nevada County Reads & Writes 2019 presents

Ties that Bind Book

Ties that Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorp 

by Dave Isay

Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

NevadaCounty ReadWrite

The Nevada County Community Library and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools invites everyone to take part in the Nevada County Reads and Writes 2019, a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.  This annual event was created in 2005, wherein the entire community is encouraged to read the featured book simultaneously and participate in subject related school and community events.



2/8 - Point of View (POV) StoryCorps Film: Listening is an Act of Love.

 Madelyn Helling Library - Gene Albaugh Community Room.  4 - 6:00 PM

  • Animated movie special from StoryCorps featuring six stories from ten years of oral history project
  • Guest speakers Mary Street and Judie Rae

2/9 - Kick-Off Event: Foothill Storytelling Guild.

Madelyn Helling Library - Gene Albaugh Community Room.  10 AM-12:00 PM

  • 4 Speakers telling stories              
  • Tips on telling great stories

2/13 - Wine & Read Book Club: Ties that Bind by Dave Isay.

Cork 49, 142 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA  95945.  6- 8:00 PM

  • Book discussion                                
  • Bring a photo with a story of your own to share

2/18 – 3/1  Application for StoryCorps Interview

  • StoryCorps is coming to town and 15 applications will be selected for a recorded interview
  • Apply to share the story of an event or person that changed your life
  • Submissions must be received by March 8th, 2019
  • Details are listed in the application links below
  • 3 easy ways to apply

2/19 - Decorate Frame for Picture and Story.                                  

Grass Valley Library. 5 - 6:00 PM

  • Bring in a picture associated with one of your stories
  • Decoupage a picture fame for picture

2/25 - HeritageQuest: Discover Family History

Truckee Library, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

  • Learn how to use HeritageQuest Database
  • Searching through US census records, books, periodicals, Revolutionary War service records and Freedman’s ban depositor records to discover family history

 2/28  - Junk Drawer: Audiobook with Macramé Project.

Madelyn Helling Library - Gene Albaugh Community Room. 5 - 6:30 PM

  • Come listen to the Audio book Ties That Bind
  • Work on a macramé plant holder or necklace while you listen to The Ties that Bind by Dave Isay

2/28 - Book Club Discussion: Ties that Bind

Truckee Library, 3 - 4:00 PM

  • Book Discussion and sharing of stories
  • Listen to stories of hope and healing


3/5 - An Afternoon with Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

Doris Foley Library, 2 - 3:00 PM

  • First woman mayor of Nevada City talks politics when she held office
  • Discusses growth and changes seen in Nevada City

3/9 - Family Hour Project

Bear River Library, 11 - 12:00 PM

  • Children will be motivators during this special Family Hour
  • Children will share stories with families through oral stories, drawings, and journaling

3/13 - Slaying the Gorgon: The Power of Storytelling with author Joe McHugh

Board of Supervisors Chambers, Rood Center, Nevada City, 6 - 7:30 PM

  • Presentation by cultural historian and author Joe McHugh
  • Multi-Media Presentation examining how stories are told in the modern age
  • Explore modern issues using common sense language, intriguing images, and humor

3/14 - Painting "Family Memory Making" with local Artist Anke Hass

Truckee Library. 5:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Capture specific memories with word, ink, and watercolor
  • Artist Hass will coach participants through the creative experience

3/26 - 3/28 - StoryCorps: Recording Community Members

Madelyn Helling Library - Study Rooms, All Day

  • Selected Community Members will be recording stories with StoryCorps Team
  • Recordings will become available for all to hear post editing 

3/26 - An afternoon with Madelyn Helling 

Doris Foley Library, 2 - 3:00 PM

  • Madelyn will share stories of the ties she formed with Doris Foley
  • Learn about Doris Foley - the library and the person

3/28 - Penn Valley Page Turners Book Club

Penn Valley Library, 1 - 2:00 PM

  • Discuss Ties that Bind
  • Share own stories of fond memories


4/8 - Our Community Story

Madelyn Helling Library - Gene Albaugh Community Room, 5 - 6:30 PM

  • 5 stories from recorded people
  • StoryCorps participants share events and people who changed their lives
  • Hear their recordings created through the StoryCorps process

Please go to: for a detailed list of all NCRW events.

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this county-wide program. Nevada County Reads & Writes is funded in part by Book-to-Action, a collaborative program between the California State Library and the California Center for the book, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Previous Year's Selections

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

New York Times Bestseller · A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice · Winner of the Alex Award· Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction · NEA Big Read Selection  

NPR · San Francisco Chronicle · Entertainment Weekly · The Huffington Post · Buzzfeed · Amazon · Grantland · Booklist · St. Louis Post Dispatch · Shelf Awareness · Book Riot · School Library Journal · Bustle · Time Out New York ·Mashable · Cleveland Plain Dealer 

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Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Three young teens, trash-picker living in the city dump of an unnamed  third-world country, discover a mysterious bag one morning, triggering a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Raphael, Gordo,  and Rat take turns nar-rating the story of how they uncover a network of political corruption and abuse of the poor. Each puzzle the boys solve  leads to yet a new riddle for them to work out. The chase leads them  throughout the city, exposing the great disparity be-tween the “haves”  and the “have nots,” and the huge injustice this represents. Several  run-ins with the police make it clear that getting caught means death  for the three boys.

“Trash is a compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal mystery fans” - School Library Journal, starred review

“This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social  justice story. Readers will be satisfied by the cinematic conclusion and the noble decision the heroes make.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The three boys, and others, act as alternating narrators of the story,  giving vivid descriptions of their lives. In spite of this, the boys’  hope and determination for justice and the dilemmas they face with so  much courage will impress readers. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

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Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

San Piedro, a small island in the Pacific Northwest, is home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers. It is also home to many Japanese-Americans. Snow Falling on Cedars opens in Judge Lew Fielding's courtroom as the trial of one of these Japanese-Americans, Kabuo Miyamoto, who is on trial for killing fellow fisherman Carl Heine, Jr., commences.

First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. -- Publishers Weekly

"Haunting. . . . A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper." -- Los Angeles Times