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A boy, a tiger, and a boat

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A boy, a bengal, and a boat

It sounds like a joke, right? But we’re serious – this month’s First Friday Film (tomorrow night, April 5, at 6PM) stars the film based on the book Life of Pi.

The film recently won four Academy Awards from eleven nominations, including Best Director. The book won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the 2003 Boeke Prize (a South African novel award), and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001–2003. And did we mention that the book has sold over 10 million copies worldwide? Not bad for a book that got rejected by five publishing houses!

So what’s all the hubbub about? Here’s the gist:

“After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review called it “A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction.”

Get your library copy in these formats:

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Downloading audiobooks and e-books just got easier

Seriously!

Library2Go, our downloadable audio/e-book service, did some upgrades earlier this week, and the result is pretty impressive.

You can now read the e-books in your web browser. Check out the e-book, click on “Read in browser” and BOOM! There is the book right in front of you. Not only do you get the text, but you get all the other goodies, too: pictures, maps, introductions, appendices. I tried out “Game of Thrones” and yup, there were the maps!

Give it a shot. Instructions are available here, or you can go directly to Library2Go’s website. Make sure to select “Libraries of Clackamas County” as your library.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Yes, Valentine’s Day is ten days away, but if you want to have any library materials on hand for the holiday, now is the time to put them on hold.

What library materials could you possibly want for Valentine’s Day? How about:

  • Videos (romantic movies, massage instruction, live music concerts)
  • Music (classical music, slow jazz, Parisian cafe music, Barry White)
  • Books (love poetry, romance novels, gourmet cookbooks, wine guides)
  • Audiobooks (have a story read to you! Available on tape, CD, or MP3)
  • Cultural Pass (get free entry for 2 adults to a Portland area attraction – perhaps a stroll through the Japanese Garden, or a visit to the Portland Art Museum?)

Find out more by visiting the Library website at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org, or calling us at 503-682-2744. Have a great Valentine’s Day!