Looks like we’ve finally turned the tide—Spring is here with beauty and sunshine enough for everyone—Hooray!
Here’s what’s happening this month on the adult side of the Library:
First—please keep in mind that we will be closed on Monday, May 27th, in honor of Memorial Day. Please give a thought those who have died for our country, and remember that your vote is your voice in how we are governed at every level.
On Friday, May 3rd, at 6:00PM, our First Friday Film program returns. This month, we’ll watch a non-fiction film chronicling professional rock climber Alex Honnold’s attempts to conquer Yosemite’sEl Capitan (a 900-meter vertical rock face) during the first free solo climb ever attempted.If you can’t figure out the title of this documentary, give us a call at the library, and we’lltell you very quietly! 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. The first 3 Monday evenings May 6th, 13th and 20th, beginning at6:00PM.,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, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th 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
If you have a novel inside you, just waiting to burst forth into the sunlight, there still remain two more free sessions of 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. You can attend one, or both—registration is required, but the price is still the same: FREE!
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.
On Saturday, May 11th, at 2:00 PM, our very popular (and free) BookNotes concert series will take the stage. This time, we’re featuringThe Junebugs! Covering everything from Tom Petty to TLC to Lorde, the eclectic taste of the trio ranges from turn-of-the-century Americana to modern Hip Hop, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmony. Their original tunes have a dreamy, sweet quality reminiscent of Neil Young and Iron & Wine, peppered with fiery banjo lines. There is something for every music lover here. Please come and welcome them to Wilsonville
On Tuesday, May14th, 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 Reflections on the Revolution in France by James Burke.Call or email us to join our Great Books e-mailing list and (hopefully) receive monthly scans of our readings.
Hooray! It’s the Genealogy Club, meeting again on Monday, May 20th, at 1:00 PM. Join Special Guest host Greg 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!
The Wilsonville Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM to discuss Behold the Dreamersby Imbolo Mbue. Behold the Dreamers, Mbue’s critically acclaimed debut novel, won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was named by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of the notable books of 2016. The novel centers around Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, who has come to the United States to provide a better life for his family. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Jende is eager to please. With the opportunity, hecan at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and his wife are forced into an impossible choice.
The book will be available for checkout from the library several weeks before the meeting. Please join us to discuss this fine novel.
On Tuesday, May28th, 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, we featureDid They Really Wear That on the Trail? presented by Marge Harding, local historian and author.
The nineteenth century was full of secrets. Undergarments, women’s and men’s, were most certainly included in those secrets. This leaves us to ask, did they really wear that on the trail? Using a light and sometimes humorous living history presentation, Marge will display and describe the who, what, where, when, why and how of these original garments worked.
For the younger set we also host many fun activities this month!
Baby Time meets on 3 Thursdays, May2nd, 9th, and 16th 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!
Play Group meets twice this month, on Mondays, May 6th, and 13th,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 also meeton 2 days this month, being Tuesday, May 7th and Tuesdays May 14th, at 10:00 AM, then again the 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!
Family Storytime now meets 3 days per week! First on Tuesdays, May 7th and 14th at 6:30 PM; then again on Wednesdays, May 1st, 8th, and 15that 10:30AM; and then finally on Thursdays, May 2nd, 9th, and 16that 10:30 AM. Bring the whole family for fun with creative storytelling with stories, songs, and puppets!
On Wednesday, May 8that 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, May 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, May 22nd, 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 in 6th to 12th grades!
Friday, May 17th 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, not coincidentally, just before Teen Event nights.
And speaking of Teen Event Night, at 6:30PM that same evening, teens can participate inNerf Night V! Have fun with Nerf madness—You can’t break anything (of yours, or the library’s) even if you try!
Also for teens, on Wednesday, May 22nd, beginning at 4:00 PM, we have Artwork & Aladdin! Watch the old-school Aladdin on DVD, as you await the release of the new live-action version!
Hope to see you all here at the library this month!
Source: Greg Martin. 4.10.19