Category Archives: Recommendations

Acupuncture resources at the Library

acupuncture chart

Thankfully, you don’t have to be able to read Chinese to appreciate acupuncture.

Curious about acupuncture, but not sure what exactly it is? Or maybe you’ve thought about getting an acupuncture treatment, but the idea of needles scared you off?

Find out more about acupuncture with these free resources at the Library:

Free public lecture Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.“The History of Acupuncture” by local acupuncturist Douglas Wingate L.Ac.

Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine (book by Harriet Beinfield) Two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify Chinese medicine’s centuries-old approach to health.

The Web That Has No Weaver (book by Ted Kaptchuk) The classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine.

Acupuncture for Everyone: What It Is, Why It Works, and How It Can Help You (book by Ruth Kidson) Dr. Kidson provides a clear understanding of how acupuncturists make their diagnoses and how this determines what treatment they implement.

9000 Needles (DVD) Documentary: Having faced the confines of the American health care system, a forty year old stroke patient travels to Tianjin, China, in search of the rehabilitation he needs.

Wikipedia entry on acupuncture

Mayo Clinic entry on acupuncture

As always, for more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or

Help libraries get more e-books

So here’s the problem: libraries want to buy e-books and have them available for our users. But many publishers don’t want to sell e-books to libraries.

Let the publishers know that you want e-books at your library with this online petition:

This short (just over a minute!) video explains the situation:

Do you read e-books? Do you check them out from the library? Did you even know that you can check out e-books from the library? Let us know in the comments.

Dewey Talks about Oregon history tonight

Roanoake Inn

Old Wilsonville bar scene at the Roanoake Inn

How much do you know about Oregon history? If you’re like me, you’re lucky to know that we’re the Beaver State (even for those of us who went to the University of Oregon), and that those Lewis and Clark guys came out for a visit sometime around 1800.

Find out more tonight (Thursday, February 2) at 6:30 p.m. with Darrell Jabin. Darrell helped put together the state issued almanac and fact book The Oregon Blue Book as well as a 37-minute video showcasing 100 years of publication and the process to recreate the original Commemorative Edition 1911 Oregon Blue Book.

The video is filled with historical vignettes including women winning the right to vote, the fire that destroyed the Capitol, the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration, and the Columbus Day Storm.

For that matter, how much do you know about Wilsonville history? (Or perhaps I should say “Boones Landing.”) Discover Wilsonville’s history with these Library resources:

  • See photographs from the early days of Wilsonville and read what local citizens had to say about those early days with the Wilsonville Community Historic Views and Talk on the Library website.
  • For an outstanding collection of photographs from the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, visit the Emery and Alice Aden Digital Image Collection, also on the Library website.
  • Want something more analog? Then drop by the Library on Monday, February 13th, for “Heritage Day” as part of the Library’s 30th birthday celebration week. We will have special exhibits that day of photos and artifacts of Old Wilsonville, as well as “Beginner’s Genealogy” classes to help folks learn how to trace their family tree.
  • And did I mention that we have an outstanding collection of local and regional history in our “Heritage Collection.”  This rapidly growing Collection is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest and most easily accessible public collections for genealogical research in Oregon. Besides shelving for over 2500 books, it includes a couple of large microfilm cabinets, several microfilm readers, and a computer for using CD-ROM databases and accessing genealogical material on the Internet.

For questions about all things historical and genealogical, contact Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin at 503-682-2744 or