Capital City Reads 2020 Book Announcement


My First Summer in the Sierra

The Carson City Library will host a community read of My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir this April for Capital City Reads, Carson City Library’s annual city-wide book club. Capital City Reads takes place every April as a celebration of National Library Week, bringing people together through reading and discussion.

My First Summer in the Sierra is a nature writing classic that showcases the mountain range we see to the west of Carson City every day. The book was published in 1911 after Muir spent several decades as an established writer of articles and books about nature, and is based on his journal kept while working as a sheep herder in the Yosemite area during the summer of 1868. The Sierra Nevada so inspired John Muir that he dedicated his life to advocating for preservation of what he called their “divine, enduring, unwasteable wealth” - even then at risk from forestry, grazing, mining, and development. Muir’s efforts eventually led to both the forming of the Sierra Club and the establishment of Yosemite as one of the nation’s first national parks.

Copies of My First Summer in the Sierra will be available at the Carson City Library during the month of April while supplies last. Watch our calendar for related programs during the month of April at:

Capital City Reads is made possible by the Friends of the Carson City Library and support from the Carson City Cultural Commission.