Wilsonville Library News. July 2019

by Master

Happy July to all and sundry! Here’s hoping you have a marvelous fourth! Keep a piece of this month’s warm weather to sustain you during the coming rainy season. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Adult Reading & Activities

Here’s a brief overview of the insane number of programs happening this month on the adult side of the Library:

Do you know someone who would like to brush up on English? Please tell them about our new English Conversation Group. Held on Monday evenings July 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.

As previously mentioned, we’ll be closed all day on Thursday, July 4th for a smashing Independence Day. Hope you have a great one and any stray mortars will avoid you and yours!

On Friday, July5th, at 6:00PM, our First Friday Film program returns. This month, we’ll watch the return of a famous nanny!Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives. If this sounds like a film you’d like to see, please join us

Also for English learners, we have an ESL class that meets on Thursdays, July 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.

Beginning Sunday, July 7th, and continuing for 5 more Sundays (until August 11th), from 1:30 to 3:00 PM (4:00 PM on film days), join us for a six-session class celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic lunar landing through classic space stories in books and films. The class is free, but seating is limited, so sign up at the Circulation Desk to reserve your seat!

On Tuesday, July 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 dissecting King Learby the late, great Billy Shakespeare. Call or email us to join our Great Books e-mailing list and receive monthly scans of our readings.

Friday Family Films have returned! During the summer season, we’ll present family films in both Spanish and English each week on Fridays, July 12th, 19th, and 26th at noon (Spanish) and 2:00 PM (English). For film titles, give us a call here at the library – 503-682-2744.

On Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 PM, please join us to hear an exciting lecture Space Exploration: To the Moon and Mars, by former Hubble Telescope engineer Tom Styczynski. Fifty years after the Apollo moon landing, what’s coming up for space exploration? Join us and find out! Free and open to all.

Hooray! It’s the Genealogy Club, meeting again on Monday, July 15th, at 1:00 PM. 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! Note to participants: Just because your 2nd great-grandfather patented the electric cheese slicer, doesn’t give you the right to cut ahead of me in a buffet line!

Also having its first meeting on Monday, July 15th at 6:30 PM is our new Beginning Spanish Class! This 8 part, 1 hour class is free, and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 15th to August 7th. If you’ve been wanting to learn (or brush up on your Spanish, here’s the best opportunity to meet that goal. Native speaker Carlos Iturrino will nudge you to Spanish semi-proficiency! Sign up at the Circulation Desk, or by phone.

The Wilsonville Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, July 25th at 6:00 PM to discuss a wonderful book whose title I don’t yet know! Give us a call at the library or come in to check out one of the copious copies we have stashed away. I’m sure it will be great!

On Tuesday, July 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, we feature Rajneeshpuram Revisited, presented by Carl Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.

In October 1985, a four-year effort to construct a utopia in Wasco County collapsed in a flurry of criminal charges and arrests of its leaders, including Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. At its peak, Rajneeshpuram housed or hosted 15,000 followers of the Bhagwan. What ended the city so soon? Hostility from other Oregonians? Legal entanglements? A flawed business model? The failures of its leaders and residents? This presentation tries to understand how an effort that was positive for thousands of individuals failed so spectacularly as a community.

Children Programs

For the younger set, July is the month to beat! In addition to the Summer Reading Program, which continues all month, our exciting Thursday Fun Shows continue on (surprise) Thursdays, July 11th, 18th, and 25th at 11:00 AM (and then again at 12:30 PM, and yet again at 2:00 PM)

On Thursday, July 11th, we present Presto the Magician – Magic to amaze you, and certainly conjure laughs!

On Thursday, July 18th, we present Star Wars Stories and Songs with (our own) Brad Clark, featuring music, comedy, and stories from Goofy Brad.

On Thursday, July 25th, we present the Summer Reading Grand Finale! The Reptile Man will join us at the Grove Shelter in Murase Park at 11:00 AM!

The shows are free, but we suggest arriving early, as we often run out of seating before everyone can be admitted. Don’t let it happen to you!

Baby Time meetson 4Mondays, July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 10:30 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!

Toddler Time will also meeton 4 days this month, those being Tuesday, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, at 10:00 AM, then again the same daysat 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!

Also on Tuesdays, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, at 6:30 PM, and Wednesdays, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, at 10:30 AM, (and then again at 1:00 PM), come and see Stories and Science! Bring the whole family for fun with creative storytelling with stories, songs, and puppets, together with a science demonstration.

On July 29th, 30th, and 31stKids in grades 1 – 3 can attend free one-hour hands-on science classes for kids. Presented by OMSI, these classes always fill up fast. You can signup online starting on July 8th. Space is limited, so please register early. More information on the individual programs is available on our website, or by calling the Children’s Department

Monday, July 29th – Wee Wonders in Science (10:00 to 11:00 AM, and again from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)

Tuesday, July 30th– Pit Crews (10:00 to 11:00 AM, and again from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)

Wednesday, July 31st – Where in the Worlds? (1:00 to 2:00 PM, and again from 2:30 to 3:30 PM)

Teen Programs

And last but not least, here’s what’s going on for teens in 6th to 12th grades!

On Thursday, July 11th at 9:00 PM Join us for a Star Party with the Rose City Astronomers. Moon, stars, night sky–Oh my! Oreos, telescopes, and the Universe. Guaranteed to expand your mind! Free to all students in grades 6-12. 

Thursday, July 18th from2:00– 4:00 PM – Teens can join us for Game Day! Teens in grades 6-12 can join us for board games, space games, video games, and more! Snacks, even! No signup required. Just show up and hang out.

Also for teens, on Thursday, July 25th, beginning at 2:00 PM, we have Party in the Park (Murase Plaza) There will be a huge water fight, outdoor games, popsicles, and a Bonus Grand Prize Drawing! Meet at Murase Plaza, and bring clothes that can get WET!

Your library loves you—Happy summer!


Source:  G. Martin.  6.10.19

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