“Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
Here’s a Book Review from the recently ended Adult Summer Reading Program. Have you read this title? If so, what did you think?
Title/Author: “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
Rating: 5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: This was recommended to me & I definitely recommend it. It’s a Young Adult read, but every parent and teacher should also read. It’s very insightful and thought-provoking and full of emotions. I’d say if you are the type to shed a tear at movies you may be so inclined as you read this touching story as well. Melody is 11 years old and teachers and doctors don’t think she’s capable of learning, but boy are they wrong – just because she can’t talk doesn’t mean she can’t think! It’s a powerful story. Read it – you won’t be sorry! It’s wonderful! A QUICK & MEMORABLE READ!!
[All text as written on the Book Review form.]
To celebrate Banned Books Week (which we are turning into a full month here), Reference Librarian Malia Laughton has created a display of banned books.
But it’s not just a display.
Available for checkout are banned books wrapped in brown paper. On the package is a description of the book with identifying details blacked out and an explanation of why the book was banned.
Come see what you might be missing by checking out a “banned book” today!
And it looks like word is getting around . . . one patron’s happy comment.
For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or email@example.com.
John Whitehouse’s art display at the Library
Our September Artist of the Month is John Whitehouse. John last displayed with us in May 2011. He has acrylic paintings and a model canoe up on display this month. An interesting fact – In season 1 of “Portlandia” there is a skit where people are in a canoe on the Willamette River. John built the full-size canoe and he and his daughter are in the crowd scene on the shore.
Here he is in his own words:
I paint mostly in oils, and occasionally sculpt with clay or marble. My favorite subjects are landscapes and the human body. In either case I try to express the beauty I see in creation. The experience of doing art is my own process of creation and fulfillment. There is nothing more satisfying.
This was something I discovered along the way. I began playing with watercolors as an adult, having had no training up to that point. Working in art was a whole new world. It was not cut and dried, and not very predictable. I discovered a new way to work that was fulfilling like nothing I had previously experienced. I began taking lessons and experimenting. One year I studied drawing, then oil painting, then sculpting. For several years I considered myself a “self-taught” artist.
A few years ago I went back to school, getting an interdisciplinary degree that includes a concentration in fine art. Having a chance to study art history was a special treat, along with studio work and discussion groups. The ability to learn new things remains a joy. Now I work to make art that people will enjoy buying and taking home because they have found a piece that is personal and meaningful for themselves.
Find out more at: www.johnwhitehouse.com.
It’s official: the Adult Summer Reading Program has ended! Thank you to everyone who participated (and even those of you who thought about it, but didn’t turn in any forms). We had a great year, with 67 participants reading over 700 books during the course of the program (June 10 – August 31).
Prizes have been mailed to the winners.
Completed surveys can be returned to the Circulation Desk.
Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners:
Abella Italian Kitchen $50 gift certificates:
- Natalie R.
- Clint S.
We had a total of 33 winners. Other prizes included McMenamins $25 gift cards, Starbucks $15 gift cards, and pairs of Regal Cinemas tickets.
Total number of participants: 67
Total books read: 723
Average number of books read per participant: about 11
Most popular Tic-Tac-Toe strategies:
Fiction – Your Choice – Non-Fiction
Graphic Novel/Picture Book – Your Choice – Book a Friend loved
Now, just four months to go until the Adult Winter Reading Program . . .
For more information, contact Andrea Erickson at 503-570-1593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s right – these are the last few days to turn in your Summer Reading Program reading logs/Tic-Tac-Toe cards/Book Reviews. The deadline for entries is this 6PM this Saturday, August 31.
For the Adult Summer Reading Program, turn in your completed Tic-Tac-Toe cards and Book Reviews for entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. This year’s prizes include free movie passes, as well as gift certificates to McMenamins, Starbucks, and Abella Italian Kitchen.
And to answer a recent question: yes, you can read ANY book for your Tic-Tac-Toe card or Book Review. That includes non-library books and e-books! A book in any format is fine. The only requirement is that the books fulfill the category requirements on the Tic-Tac-Toe, but anything is game for the Book Review.
So get to the Library and turn in those forms by 6PM this Saturday, August 31! You can do it!
Josh Kulla’s photos on our art wall.
Every month on our Art Display wall (the wall behind the New Books), we feature artwork by a different local artist. August’s Artist of the Month is Josh Kulla. You may recognize his name from the Wilsonville Spokesman, but take a look at his photographs.
Want to know more about Josh? Here he is in his own words:
I’m something of a familiar face to some of you here in Wilsonville. As a photographer and editor for the Pamplin Media Group, I primarily work during the day (and some evenings) with the Wilsonville Spokesman, along with the West Linn Tidings and Lake Oswego Review. But when I’m able to, I get away and try my best to capture the amazing range of natural beauty we are blessed with here in Oregon. From the waterfalls, streams and lava flows of the Columbia River Gorge to the deserts, mountains and ghost towns of Central Oregon, not to mention the Pacific Coast, Oregon just about has it all in terms of climate and scenery. I’ve photographed landscapes in Oregon and Washington for a little over a year now, and I’m just getting started on a long and fruitful journey with my Nikon.
For more information about the Art Display wall, contact Art Gallery Coordinator Karen Brennan at email@example.com or 503-682-2744.
“Inferno” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title/Author: “Inferno” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: Oh, Nick gets into so much trouble in this latest adventure. His quick wit and unfailing sarcasm may not be enough to save him with Death as his new teacher and his girlfriend is under orders to kill him. And that’s only the beginning . . . This series is just fun, full of adventure and the unexpected. I never know what will happen next.