Hello Wilsonville Library Fans!
It’s nearly July, and I guess that means that summer has nearly arrived. So has it stopped raining yet? Here at the big library, we have a giant roof that protects us from the unrestrained fury of nature in all its guises. Come on in and join us beneath it for some of the many exciting events happening this month—the peak month of the Summer Reading Program! Read for 20 minutes a day, for 20 days, and in addition to winning the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, you can also snag fantabulous prizes! There’s a Science log for kids as well! Please come and see our Summer Reading events (for adults, teens, and kids), about which more anon.
This month, starting right at the beginning, on Friday, July 1st, we present our First Friday Film. This month’s film (a comedy) will be about a Dog. Or, more specifically, about an Army Ranger who is tasked with escorting the military dog of his fallen friend to his funeral. Wow! That sure sounds funny! (???) Join us for free snacks and lots of fun. Remember to bring a pillow if your back doesn’t like our kinda unforgiving plastic chairs.
We’ll be closed on Monday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. 246 years of American independence so far, but please don’t take it for granted. Here’s hoping you can celebrate with joy and family!
Hooray–Another blossom of past library service is blooming post-pandemically anew this month. Jared, from Oregon’s Department of Human Services will be spending a couple of hours in the library on July Tuesdays, the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 10am to noon. He’ll be available for drop-in appointments, and can help with advice (and maybe more) on family assistance needs—benefits for food, rent, childcare and other problems that may befall you or someone you know in these difficult economic times.
At nearly the same time, Toddler and Baby Time is happening (at the nearby Boozier Barn) every Tuesday this month (the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) at 10:00am. Join Jo, Brad, and the crew for a passel of songs and stories guaranteed to prevent even the most jaded and blasé toddlers from succumbing to ennui.
Now let’s leave Tuesdays behind, and talk about…Wednesdays! Wednesdays, too, will be exciting in July, bringing a plethora of library-sponsored events! For the elementary school set, it’s Camp Science, presented on Wednesdays, July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, at 11am, and then again at 1:00pm. On the patio outside the Children’s Room (if it’s not RAINING!) our youth librarians will present table top science activities and a pop up science demo.
Also on Wednesday the 6th (at 11am), we have the latest in our PROFILES lecture series. Join (still via Zoom, alas) Dr. Bill Thierfelder for Part 3 of Our Solar System: In the final segment of this three-part program, we explore the mysterious outer reaches of our solar system–from the numberless dwarf planets and asteroids of the Kuiper Belt to the comets of the Oort Cloud. Just sign up online at our website to receive the Zoom meeting code.
We dare not forget the teens! On Wednesdays in July from 2- 4pm, teens in grades 6 through 12 can join Brad for fun adventures that change each week! (On the 6th (Scavenger Hunt!), 13th (Green Teen!), 20th (Flash Fiction Writing Workshop) and 27th (Bob Ross Paint Day). Find out more about these events on our website.
On Saturday, June 16th from 11am to 12:30pm, join us (In person! At the library!) for a free Space Talk, about the James Webb Telescope – The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s premier astrophysics observatory for the next decade. The JWST’s mirror alone is six times larger than Hubble’s! The Webb will study every phase in the history of our Universe. See what it has taken to build, launch, deploy to orbit, and commission the four amazing instruments onboard this truly amazing telescope. And see some of the first pictures sent back from orbit! The Talk will be presented by Donn Anderson, a docent at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
And, if Tuesdays and Wednesdays aren’t full enough this month, how about Thursdays? Every Thursday in July, at 11am we have our traditional Summer Reading Fun Shows – Please take note—These will be located in the Forest Shelter in Memorial Park, across the street (and down the hill) from the library.
Will Hornyak, starts things off on Thursday, July 7th at 11am. The power of storytelling is never more clearly on display than when Will begins to speak, engaging the attention of even the ‘fidgetiest’ of kids.
On July 14th (again at at 11am) Curt Carlyle takes the stage! It’s the return of The Curt Show! Juggling only begins to describe Curt’s many circus art talents. Come and see a real performer!
On Thursday, July 21st (at 11am) we present Red Yarn! It’s a whole production… puppets, music, and theater. You’ll never want to miss out on a Red Yarn show!
And finally, on Thursday, July 28th (surprise…at 11:00am) it’s the perennial favorite – Reptile Man! The legend returns, bringing his scaly friends back for another wild, wonderful visit!
July has us all excited here at the library. Hope to see you around too. By the way—please don’t forget we have books, too!
Source: Greg Martin. Adult Services Librarian, Wilsonville Public Library. 7.1.22