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UPDATE: Teen Event for Friday, Feb. 21, is “Minute to Win It” Game Night

Teen Minute to Win It Game Night

60 seconds is all you get!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lego Night has been postponed. Instead, we have “Minute to Win It”!

Bring your friends and play “Minute to Win It” games. Win prizes, have fun! Sometimes things really are that simple.

Teen Event: Minute to Win It Game Night
Friday, February 21
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
For 6th -12th graders

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian Steven Engelfried at or 503-570-1592.

Library closed Sunday, February 9

Due to inclement weather, the library will be closed Sunday, February 9.

To renew items, visit the website or call our automated phone service at 503-659-8634.

Please know that we are extending holds, so items on the holds shelf will still be waiting for you after the weekend. We will also be checking in returned items as though they were turned in on Thursday so there will be no overdue fines.

(Boy, am I glad I started reading Anna Karenina for the Adult Winter Reading Program. That should last me through the weekend . . .)

Library closed Saturday, February 8

And the snow goes on . . . The library will be closed Saturday, February 8.

The Book Notes Concert featuring “Reggae Culture” and the tax help have been canceled. Yes, we have quite the range of activities at the library, don’t we?

To renew items, visit the website or call our automated phone service at 503-659-8634.

Don’t worry about overdue fines or holds that are waiting for you. We understand the current extenuating circumstances.

Just enjoy the snow and stay safe and warm.

Library closed Friday, February 7

Due to inclement weather, the library will be closed Friday, February 7.

The First Friday Film has been canceled, as well.

To renew items, visit the website or call our automated phone service at 503-659-8634.

City Office’s closed Friday February 7.  SMART continues transit services.  For more information visit the City’s website.

February local artist of the month: Jennifer Benz

Jennifer Benz's beadwork

Jennifer Benz’s beadwork

Every month we feature artwork by a different local artist. February’s Artist of the Month is Jennifer Benz. Her beadwork is displayed in the glass cabinets next to the Twice Sold Tales bookstore in the library. Beadwork doesn’t do well hanging on a a wall.

Here she is in her own words:


I like rocks…and fabric…and yarn…and BEADS!  I have been a fiber artist all my life.  Being one who believes in tradition, I encouraged my Grandmother to teach me to crochet and embroider before I turned 7.  Some years later, I convinced my Mom to teach me to sew.

More beadwork

More beadwork by Jennifer Benz

Growing up in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon, I found a respect and love of Traditional Native American Beadwork.  Girl Scout camp introduced me to my first Seed Beadwork class and I have ALWAYS been a lover of rocks, which led me to Gemstone Jewelry.

I have been in the Jewelry Business since 1987 and Sewing for the public since 1992.  I combined my talents to start designing and beading gowns soon after.  I enjoy sewing dance/drama/and Halloween costumes and have found a love for all things spandex.  I learned to quilt along the way and published my first quilt pattern in 2010 for Canby Quilts.

I enjoy giving back to the community through my art.  As a member of the Zoar Lutheran Sewing Circle, I help to sew quilts for Clackamas County Children’s Services Division.

I am continuing the tradition of teaching the handicrafts that I have grown to love to the younger generation as a Girl Scout Leader and a 4H Leader.  I also teach classes in different forms of Beadwork and Sewing/Quilting in groups and individually.

I have a love of Music which led me to becoming President of the Canby Music Boosters, teaching Piano and Flute lessons, and volunteering with the Canby High School Band Program.

I am compiling some of my Gemstone Jewelry designs for a book on Beadwork Design.  I am also actively writing crochet patterns to publish as well. I enjoy the freedom to create due to a wonderful network of family and friends, without whose support I would be very limited indeed.   Where would we be without ART!

J.J. Katharina’s Custom Beadwork and Sewing
Jennifer Benz – Artist
Canby, Oregon

February is Food for Fines Month

Food for Fines

Bring in food, reduce your fines!

It’s back! Reduce or eliminate library overdue fines by bringing in cans or boxes of food during the month of February.

Each can or box will be worth a 50 cent credit on overdue fines, subject to the approval of library staff. All food will be donated to Wilsonville Community Sharing for the assistance of needy area families.

Preferred donations are canned goods (such as tuna, fruit, and hearty soups) and boxed goods (especially hot or cold cereals).

Please check expiration dates carefully! The food bank cannot accept or use expired food.

And please, leave the ramen at home.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen speaks at the library

Oregon Reads 2014In 2014, Oregon Reads commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. The goal is to once again involve 80,000 Oregonians in Oregon Reads 2014, in communities and on campuses throughout the state.

Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

Throughout the winter, the library offers programs in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2014. The first program is a presentation by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:00 PM in the Oak Room.

Ms. Petersen is Oregon’s  6th Poet Laureate, and will share her love of poetry. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is the kick-off for the library’s literary seminar on William Stafford.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or