A happy April to all. Will this finally be the month that spring truly arrives? Stay tuned!
Here’s what’s happening this month on the adult side of the Library:
Free Tax Help continues this month, until it’s too late! Visit on the first two Saturdays–the 6th and 13th from 10 AM to 2 PM. No reservations necessary, but it may be crowded, so we suggest you arrive early. For best results, don’t forget to bring your 2017 tax return and associated documents with you.
On Friday, April 5th, at 6:00 PM, our First Friday Film program trickles down, as would a refreshing spring rain. This month, we’ll be screening a dramatic film about a fictional character, Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men develop a bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. If you can’t figure out the title of this film, give us a call at the library, and we’ll quietly tell you! Free admission, and we’ve even got snacks!
Do you know someone who would like to brush up on English? Please tell them about our new English Conversation Group. Every Monday evening (April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th), beginning at 6:00PM., participants can drop in to learn and practice English in this free, informal class. Speakers of any language and any English comprehensive level are welcome, and no registration is required.
Also for English-learners, we have an ESL class that meets on Thursdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 1:00PM to 2:30PM. The class is conducted informally by an experienced ESL instructor. No pre-registration is required and the class is free. Call Deborah Gitlitz (ella habla español) for further information—503-570-1582
On Tuesday, April 9th, at 6:00 PM, our Great Books Discussion Group gathers. Are you interested in philosophy and the big questions of life? Join us each month for a roundtable discussion of how modern day issues are reflected and illuminated by the great Western classic books. This month, we’ll be discussing The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri. Call or email us to join our Great Books e-mailing list and receive monthly scans of our readings.
Do you need information for yourself, a friend, or loved one about what services and programs are available for older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans? Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work? Have you become overwhelmed with understanding Medicare, caring for a relative, planning for long-term care, or worry for someone’s safety? Do you know where to start looking for help? On Wednesday, April 10th, at 6:30 PM, come learn about the types of private and public resources available to individuals looking for assistance and about the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), a free central source of information for all income levels. Sign up at the Circulation Desk (no charge) to reserve your seat! Presented by Clackamas County Social Services.
On Saturday, April 13th, at 2:00 PM, our very popular BookNotes concert series will take the stage. This time, we’re featuring Paema, a women’s ensemble who perform for the enjoyment of harmony and sharing their love of music. Their broad repertoire stems from that of holiday — both sacred and secular, classic art songs, to contemporary and Broadway. Come to this free event and hear their lovely, dulcet tones echo throughout the library!
Hooray! It’s the Genealogy Club, meeting again on Monday, April 15th, at 1:00 PM, which, fittingly, just happens to be both tax AND genealogy day! Join Malia at 1:00 PM for helpful tips and tricks for all levels from beginners to seasoned genealogists. Discover new genealogical resources and tools, discuss personal research and goals, and learn from others!
If you have a novel inside you, just waiting to burst forth into the sunlight, you might enjoy joining us beginning Monday, April 22nd, at 6:00 PM for Introduction to Publication Writing! Learn about the publishing industry, the endless opportunities to write professionally, and the writing craft skills required for publication. With these tools, you can step out with success and get noticed by editors and agents. There will be 4 sessions, presented on Monday evenings over 4 weeks. You can attend one, some, or all—registration is required, but the price is still the same: FREE!
Session 1: “Get Published – Where to Begin”
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00-7:30 pm
Learn about the publishing world, including industry terminology, writers’ markets, the pros/cons of self, subsidy, vanity, and traditional publishing, and more.
Session 2: “Hone Your Craft Part One”
Monday, April 29th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Improve your writing with techniques to tighten your prose and engage readers.
Session 3: “Hone Your Craft Part Two”
Monday, May 6th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Build stronger storytelling skills with character development and dialogue.
Session 4: “Story Arc and Point of View”
Monday, May 13th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Master point-of-view, learn the elements of a great story and the techniques to great beginnings and endings.
The Wilsonville Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 PM to discuss Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. This book, described as “Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving…a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock” will be available for checkout from the library several weeks before the meeting. Join us to discuss this fun thriller.
On Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 PM (doors open at 5:00—hint, hint), you should check out the History Pub! The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation, the Wilsonville/Boones Ferry Historical Society, and McMenamin’s have teamed up to present free monthly programs focusing on Oregon’s rich history. Held at the McMenamin’s Old Church (near Fred Meyer). This month’s presentation was not available by press time, but give us (or McMenamin’s) a call to find out
For the younger set we also host many fun activities this month!
If you missed it last time around, here’s your chance to try again! On Saturdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and June 1st, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM have your young folk (ages 4-12) join us for Mexican Folk Dancing lessons! The class is free, but registration is required. There will be a final performance on the evening of June 4th. Students are expected to attend at least 7 of the 10 classes to prepare for the performance. ¡Andele!
Play Group meets each Monday, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 10:00 AM. Drop in anytime and let the kiddos play with a variety of toys, as well as socialize with the under-6 crowd. For children ages birth to 6 with their grownups.
Toddler Time will meet on Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 10:00 AM, then again that same day at 11:00 AM – Join us for an interactive program that includes songs, parachute fun, bubbles, puppets, and stories for our youngest patrons. This program is designed with even the most active toddler in mind!
Baby Time meets on Thursdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 11:30 AM – Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Caregivers join us for songs, rhymes, and special bonding time with your baby. Stay afterward to play and chat with other caregivers about all things baby!
Family Storytime now meets 3 days per week! First on Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 6:30 PM; then again on Wednesdays, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at 10:30 AM; and then finally on Thursdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 10:30 AM. Bring the whole family for fun with creative storytelling with stories, songs, and puppets!
On Wednesdays, April 10th and 24th at 1:30 PM, there is fun to be had for kids in 3rd through 5th grades. If they’re looking for something to do on Early Release Days, how about introducing them to some science fun? Bring them to the Science Zone, and they’ll get hands-on with exciting science experiments! Free, and no sign-up is required.
On Thursday, April 18th at 3:30 PM, we present K-2 Book Adventures – Join us as we share some of our favorite classic stories, books, and authors through interactive storytelling, puppetry, and other fun activities. For children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
On Wednesday, April 24th, at 6:30 PM, have your K-5th grader join us for Lego Night–It will be a fun night to construct, create, and imagine with Lego! Lego expert David Thornton from Canby Bricks & Minifigs will be available to provide cool tips.
And last but not least, here’s what’s going on for teens!
Friday, April 19th at 4:30 PM – The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is made up of 6th through 12th graders who meet to
hang out, eat, and have fun, help choose books, music, and movies for the library to buy, help make the teen space a comfy and attractive place to hang out, and plan events. If your teen is interested in helping, send us an email or call Brad at 503-570-1592, or just have him or her show up at our next meeting. Meetings are generally at 4:30PM, just before Teen Event nights.
Speaking of Teen Event Night, at 6:30PM that same day, teens can participate in Easter Escape!
Then, on Wednesday, April 24th at 4:00 PM, teens can join us for a War Tournament and Infinity War Competition. I’m old, so am assuming these are video games. Sounds like, uh, fun!
Hope to see you all here at the library this month!
Source: G.Martin, Wilsonville Library.3.10.19