Tag Archives: books

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 engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

September is Banned Books Week, er, Month

banned books displayTo 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.

wrapped banned bookAvailable 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 reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

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.

Adult Winter Reading Program coming to an end

That’s right. You have exactly 4 days to turn in your completed Tic-Tac-Toe Card and Book Log for entry into the grand prize drawing featuring a Kindle Touch and a Wilsonville Gift Basket.

Okay, I think it’s four days. Maybe it’s five.  I can never figure out how to count the days right. Either way, make sure to turn in your cards by 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12th.

And if you haven’t seen it, Kallen Kentner wrote a fun and inspiring “thank you” to the Adult Winter Reading Program in this week’s Wilsonville Spokesman. If you have a subscription to the Spokesman , you’ll still have to log in to view the entire article. However, copies are available at the Library in our newspaper section to read at your leisure.

Don’t have enough time to make the Adult Winter Reading Program deadline? Don’t fret! You have three months until the Adult Summer Reading Program starts in June.

Which means three months to get your reading lists ready . . .

What is a classic book?

As part of our Adult Winter Reading Program theme “Cozy Up with a Classic,” we’ve been asked “What is a classic?”

How do you define classic books? Maybe like this:

“Classics are those great pieces of literature considered worthy to be studied in English classes of high school or college.”

Or perhaps this:

“Classics are books your fathers give you and you keep them to give to your children”

 How many of us had to slog through some “classic” in high school and were then immediately turned off? For me, it seemed like every classic novel we had to read in “American Literature” class was a downer – The Scarlet Letter, The Jungle, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Ordinary People. I asked my teacher if there was some classic that had a happy ending. She thought about it and said no.

And then I started to think about my own question. Are there “classic” books with happy endings? Surely we can’t see depressing books as the only ones worthy of preservation. What would that say about humanity?

Which was when I remembered that yes, indeed, there were classics with happy endings: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Odyssey, The Thousand and One Nights, Shakespeare’s comedies.

So what defines a “classic”? Some would say timelessness, that you can read the book today and still enjoy it. Others would argue for universality, that the book features ideas or situations that we can appreciate as part of the human condition (family, war, love, etc.).  And then some simplify it to a book that “can be read again and again with ever-deepening pleasure.”

I would argue that a classic is one that can be read over and over and each time provide something different but still enjoyable. Time is not a limiting factor for me – there are books written in the past 50 years (or even last year) that I could point to and say, “Yes, that’s a classic.”

For what others have considered as classics, check out the lists below.

Classics for all time

The “Great Books” list to end all lists

The reading list for St. John’s College – the curriculum is focused entirely on the Great Books

The Guardian’s 100 Greatest Novels of all Time

The Telegraph lists their “Perfect Library” of 110 best books

Project Gutenberg – check out their “Top 100″ of most popular classic e-book downloads

NEH list of summertime favorites – classic novels divided by age group

Modern Classics

Entertainment Weekly’s “The New Classics” – The 100 best reads from 1983-2008

Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels

Classics of Science Fiction – a thoroughly researched list by James Wallace Harris

How do you define a “classic” book? What are your favorite classic books? What classics are you ashamed to admit you haven’t read? Let us know in the comments below.

Adult Winter Reading Program is on!

It’s time to “Cozy Up with a Classic” – our first (and hopefully annual) Adult Winter Reading Program!

Get back on the reading track with this encouragement to read during these (normally dark and dreary) BRIGHT and COLD days. (Well, at least it’s sunny and freezing as I write this.)

There are two ways to play:

  1. Tic-Tac-Toe Card - Read (or listen to) three books that fit the categories on the Tic-Tac-Toe card in a straight line.
  2. Book Log - Read (or listen to) three books and write them down on the Book Log.

Turn in your completed Cards or Logs by Monday, March 12, to get entered into a prize drawing for a Kindle Touch or a Wilsonville Gift Basket (each valued at approximately $100).

Find out more on our website at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org/awrp .

Cozy Up with a Classic this winter with the Adult Winter Reading Program!

2011 Reading Report

In the January Boones Ferry Messenger, I wrote about how I’ve learned that I need to read, especially to relax. And I felt like I hadn’t had much time to read in 2011, so I vowed to read an hour a day in 2012.

This got me thinking: so what all did I manage to read in 2011? It couldn’t have been much if I felt like I hadn’t been reading at all.

So I counted up the number of entries for 2011 in my “Books Read” list, figuring it had to be insanely low. There were only a few books that I could remember having read, so it must have been around 20 or so. Right?

 The total came to 73. Yup, 73 books in 365 days. That’s a book every five days.

I promptly smacked myself.

Here is how my reading stacked up (so to speak):

Total number of books: 73
Fiction: 43
Non-Fiction: 30
Print titles: 70
Audiobooks: 3
Graphic novels: 1
Male authors: 37
Female authors: 36
Children’s titles: 3
Young adult titles: 5

And now my top seven* fiction and non-fiction reads for 2011 (in no particular order).
*I chose the top seven because I had more than 5 favorites, but less than 10, for each category.
**I also have to thank the anonymous participant in my “How to Write a Novel in 30 Days” Dewey Talk for this suggestion. Let me just say: Wow.
What were your top reads for 2011? Let us know in the comments below.