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Chocolate tasting (round 2) on Thursday, Nov. 17

chocolate trufflesDue to popular demand, the Dewey Talk “Chocolate Tasting: History, Samples, and More” with Savina Darzes will repeat on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Sign up to save your seat at this savory event by calling the Library at 503-682-2744 or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

Only 10 spots left currently, so reserve your spot now!

Dewey Talks about biking the Lewis & Clark Trail on Thursday, August 18

Terri carrying her bike

On the road with Terri

What does it take to bicycle 400 miles? What sort of preparation would you need? Why would anyone do this?

Bicycle traveler and Youth Services Librarian Terri Wortman will talk on Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Room about her adventures preparing for and then biking the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Read all about it on her blog: http://lewisandclarkbiketour.wordpress.com/

For more information about this free community event, please contact Andrea Erickson at 503-682-2744 or erickson@wilsonvillelibrary.org


Dewey Talk: “Biking the Lewis and Clark Trail” with traveler Terri Wortman
Thursday, August 18
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Dewey Talks about Oregon history through maps Thursday, July 7

U.S. historical map

Maps - no line is permanent

In conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program “Novel Destinations”

Sure, the Columbia River divides Washington and Oregon, but what explains the other boundaries of our state? Why are the county lines where they are, and how have they changed over the years?

Using maps from his own personal collection, historian Robert Hamm will show how cartographic processes changed from the 1500’s to the late 1800’s, and how people saw their world.

As Europeans and Americans began to understand the land masses, they drew boundaries based on presumption and on the political climate of the times. View authentic antique maps of the world and the U.S., particularly the West and specifically Oregon. Discover how Oregon county lines changed for various reasons.

Presenter Robert Hamm is an historian with special interest in maps and local history. He taught high school English for many years and was a school administrator in the Portland area. He currently runs a teacher-preparation program at a university in Portland.


Dewey Talks: “Mapping the West” presented by historian Robert Hamm
Thursday, July 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Armchair travel to Iran with author Susan Fletcher Thursday, June 23

Susan Fletcher

Local author Susan Fletcher talks at the Library Thursday, June 23

Camels, caravans, and Kurds, oh my! 

Join us for a special Dewey Talk Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., where Susan will tell of her 5-year odyssey to write Alphabet of Dreams—her YA novel about a boy who has prophetic dreams, the teenage sister who tries to protect him, and a suspense-filled camel caravan journey across ancient Persia. 

She’ll show pictures of the journey she took to Iran to research the book, and tell how her travels took her to places beyond what she was capable of imagining beforehand: to a picnic with a Kurdish family near the Iraqi border; to a caravanserai on the old Silk Road; to an ancient Persian village; to a camel trek in the desert, and more. 

For the writers and aspiring writers in the audience, Susan will reflect on using a sense of place as inspiration for fiction.

Susan Fletcher is the author of nine books for young readers, including The Dragon Chronicles Series (Dragon’s Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Sign of the Dove); Alphabet of Dreams, Shadow Spinner; Walk Across the Sea, and Dadblamed, Union Army Cow. She has received two Oregon Book Awards and the Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Writer Award. Some other honors her books have received: American Library Association Notable Books for Young Readers; American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon; and School Library Journal Best Books. Susan has an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan.  She has taught in the M.F.A. in Writing for Children program at Vermont College.


Dewey Talk: “Going Beyond Imagination” with author Susan Fletcher
Thursday, June 23
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Dewey sails into the sunset (with photos) Thursday, June 2

Capt. Shane St. ClairEver thought about sailing off into the sunset? Wondered about traveling across the Pacific Ocean, and not in a plane? Then come discover what it’s all about with the next Dewey Talk Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Capt. Shane St. Clair will share his experiences, and slides, of his 28 day solo Pacific crossing of 2,500 miles to Hawaii aboard an 18′ Catalina, as well as the almost ten years he worked in Micronesia and Kiribati providing health and development services using sailing vessels.

For more information, contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or  smith@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Dewey Talks: Sailing to Paradise & Working in Micronesia”
with Capt. Shane St. Clair
Thursday, June 2
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room


Dewey Talks about the Japanese Tea Ceremony Thursday, May 5

Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony (kimono not required)

“Chanoyu” is usually translated “tea ceremony.”  It literally means “hot water for tea,” but centuries of Japanese history, literature and culture come together in the study and discipline of making and serving tea. Chanoyu incorporates many of the arts and crafts of Japan with the focus of preparing and serving a bowl of tea with a pure heart.

Presenter Jan Waldeman, teacher of Urasenke style tea ceremony, will discuss the elements of the Japanese tea ceremony. Learn about the four principles of wa-kei-sei-jaku, or harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, and how the tea ceremony can be a metaphor for life. Enjoy a sample of traditional Japanese matcha (green tea) and sweets.

For more information about this free community event, please contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or smith@wilsonvillelibrary.org


“Chanoyu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony”
Thursday, May 5
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Presented by the Wakai Tea Association of Portland

Dewey Talks about Gardening this Thursday, April 7

flowersApril showers generally bring May flowers, but you have to plant the flowers to begin with. What flowers should you plant? What is an annual? What is a perennial? Does it really make a difference?

Let Master Gardener Laura Eyer help you with your flower and planting questions in this free presentation Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Oak Room. Get the knowledge you need to be ready for the spring plant sales.

Laura Eyer is an experienced Master Gardener and speaker from the Clackamas County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardener Association.

For more information about this free community event, please contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or smith@wilsonvillelibrary.org


Dewey Talks: Annuals, Perennials, Oh My!
Thursday, April 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room
Free admission