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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.

Sign up for free science classes for kids entering grades 1-5

Sign up for free 1-hour science classes!

Sign up for free 1-hour science classes!

Sign up now!

The Library has scheduled eight hands-on Science Classes for kids, presented at the Library by experts from OMSI, Mad Science, and “The Bug Chicks.” Space is limited, but most classes still have spots available.

To sign up, phone the Children’s Desk at 503-570-1599 or drop by the Library.

The complete list of class dates, times, and topics is at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org/srp (down at the bottom of the page) and on the flyer.

For more information, contact Youth Services at 503-570-1592 or engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Summer Reading Program starts Monday, June 10

Get your bookshelves ready because we’ll be Digging Into Reading this summer at the Library!

SRP 2013 logo - cslpKids (ages birth to 6th grade) can Dig Into Reading and Science with the Summer Reading Program and with Science Adventure. Kids who read (or are read to) for 20 minutes a day for 20 days become 20/20 readers and get a certificate, a free book, and qualify for fun prize drawings. Kids who engage in 10 science explorations over the summer can qualify for a chance to win an annual pass to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

TSRP 2013 logo - cslpTeens (grades 6th through 12th) will go Beneath the Surface with their reads in the Teen Summer Reading Program. Teens who read for 20 minutes a day for 20 days win a free book and qualify for fun prize drawings.

ASRP 2013 logo - cslpAdults (ages 18 and older) have a summer of Groundbreaking Reads for the Adult Summer Reading Program. What does “groundbreaking” mean? Just about anything – from banned and challenged books, to books that changed your life, to novels about zombies and vampires, and even books about digging in the dirt (gardening, geology, or archaeology, anyone?). Choose to do the book Tic-Tac-Toe or a Book Review  for entry into the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of summer. Prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, as well as movie tickets.

And that’s just the reading part. We have some amazing programs this summer as well. Take a look at our calendar to see what’s coming up.

For more information, contact the Library at 503-682-2744 or visit our website at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org.

“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger

"The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom Angleberger

“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger

I’ve been on a Star Wars kick lately, and “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger is  my “You must read this!” recommendation to Star Wars fans, especially those young at heart.

Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

It’s a clever story told through “case files” of the different kids at the middle school relating their interactions with Origami Yoda and how their problems were solved with Origami Yoda’s help. But was it really Origami Yoda or was it Dwight?
Fun book with details that will put a smile on a Star Wars fan’s face (like “McQuarrie Middle School”). Highly recommended.

Picture book topics at the library


Just where are the dinosaur picture books? Rawr.

You’re a busy and tired parent, and all you want is to a) find the picture books on dinosaurs for your child who is currently obsessed with dinosaurs, and to b) get out of the library as quickly as possible because you have a zillion other things to do today.

So where do you find the dinosaur picture books?

In a normal library, you would have to do a catalog search on “dinosaurs,” or ask a librarian, or go through the stacks of picture books and flip through them trying to find anything with a dinosaur on it.

But we’re not a normal library. Allow us to introduce “Picture Book Topics”.

“Picture Book Topics” are picture books grouped by a variety of topics:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • ABC & 123 (alphabet books and number books, but also about colors and shapes)
  • Toddler (books that are especially good for one and two year olds)
  • Pink (princesses and all things pink)

These books have green labels and are available in the far corner of the Children’s Room by the door to the Oak Room.

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian Steven Engelfried at 503-570-1592 or engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Santa’s visit to Storytime in pictures

12-8-2011 santa storytimeDid you miss our special Storytimes featuring that man in the red suit, Santa Claus? Or maybe you came, but want to relive some of the fun?

Then take a look at our pictures from Storytime during the week of December 6-8. We sang the Reindeer Pokey (to the tune of the “Hokey Pokey”) and shook our antlers, we experienced “The Nutcracker” with puppets and a Russian storyteller (in just five minutes!), and then we sang “Must Be Santa” – and Santa arrived!

See pictures from a variety of library events on our Flickr page:

For more information about Youth Services programs, contact Steven Engelfried at 503-570-1592 or engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Looking for a good book?

stack of books in a libraryThen take a look at our “Staff Picks” page:


Selections include titles ranging in genre from fiction to non-fiction, and in age range from children through adult.

Still stumped? Then try these resources:

  • Novelist – A reader’s advisory service that provides information and resources on over 200,000 titles, 75,000 full-text reviews, and more than 36,000 subject headings to help locate the best in fiction. Coverage has recently been expanded to include more than 60,000 non-fiction titles in the following genres: Adventure, Arts & Entertainment, Biography & Memoir, True Crime, Business & Money, Current Events & Politics, and Sports & Competition.
  • Novelist K-8 – A reader’s advisory service that specifically targets children and young adults. It contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children’s “chapter” books and young adult titles.  This database includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Library2Go – Download audiobooks, e-books, and videos from this statewise consortium. Just browsing through the titles may inspire you to find that title in regular print at the Library.
  • Reference Desk – You can always ask a librarian at the Reference Desk. If you are looking for children’s or teen titles, check with staff at the Children’s Reference Desk. Call 503-682-2744 for more information.

Questions? Then you know who to call: Reference at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.