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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.

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

History Pub talks about the birth of the Portland Timbers

"The 1975 Portland Timbers" - where it all beganRCTID! Join us on Tuesday, January 28, for an evening with Michael Orr, podcaster and local author of The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA.

In this History Pub talk, Michael Orr takes a look back at the first season of the Timbers team in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the NASL Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname “Soccer City USA.” Learn more about the team that inspired huge crowds and featured stars like Peter Withe and Willie Anderson.

“Soccer City, USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers” with Michael Orr
Tuesday, January 28
6:30 PM -8:00 PM
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins
Free admission

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

3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program starts today

Adult Winter Reading Program 2014

Read and win prizes!

Get ready to read, comrade!

The 3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program starts today (Monday, January 6, 2014). Read books and win prizes during these months when you just want to curl up with a good book.

This year’s theme is “Hot Reads for Cold Nights: Sochi 2014 Edition”. We’re celebrating all things Olympics, winter sports, and Russian. Complete a Tic-Tac-Toe (or a Diabolical Tic-Tac-Toe if you want a challenge) and get entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Kindle e-reader and a “Dinner & a Movie”. Both prizes are valued at approximately $100.

You can also turn in Book Reviews and get entered into a separate prize drawing for gift cards to Barnes and Noble.

Tic-Tac-Toe cards and Book Review forms are available at the library, and can be downloaded from our website:

Last day to turn in completed cards and forms is Monday, March 10, 2014.

So get reading!

For more information, please contact Andrea Erickson at 503-570-1593 or

Children’s holiday books and Legos are here

Legos!Tomorrow is the first day of Winter Break for Wilsonville kids, so we’ll be putting out a tub full of Legos in the Children’s Room.  They’ll be out on one of the big wooden tables in the JER / New Non-Fiction area during Winter Break when the Children’s Desk is staffed.

Also, we put many of our Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza books on display in the Children’s room.  They are on the shelf that usually has easy non-fiction books (opposite side of non-fiction DVD’s, facing the play area).

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask at the Children’s Reference Desk, or call 503-570-1599, or email