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Reserve a library meeting room online

Rose Room Looking for a space for your group to meet, and you’re tired of having to clean the house before every meeting? Then try one of the Library’s meeting rooms.

We have two meeting rooms, the Rose and Oak Rooms, in the lobby that can be reserved online. Fees apply, but vary. Local non-profit groups that serve children can have the first two hours of their reservations  during library open hours free. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance.

The Rose Room can accomodate up to 50 people, and the Oak Room can accomodate up to 120 people.

study roomFor groups smaller than 10 people, ask at the Circulation Desk about reserving a study room. These smaller rooms are available for up to 2 hours a day, and reservable up to one month in advance. A $10/hour fee applies only to profit-making groups.

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

Netflix, the library, or both?

How to handle a disc - very carefully!

To DVD or not to DVD? That is the question . . .

In the news: many former Netflix customers are returning, despite Netflix’s decision to split their DVD and online streaming services last September which resulted in their loss of 800,000 customers.

What I find fascinating is the number of people I know who are Netflix subscribers, but who don’t make use of their library for their video needs. “Videos at the library?” you say? Yes, videos at the library.

Do you want TV series on DVD? Ask a librarian – we have most of the popular series available for you to borrow (yes, even for you BBC fans who like Doc Martin, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who).

Do you want blockbuster movies on DVD? We have those, too. We purchase the latest releases every month.

Do you want funky independent or foreign films? Documentaries? Yup, we have those, too. And you’ll have a greater chance of seeing them through the library than Netflix since we have a much smaller customer base.

Do you prefer videos you can watch on your computer? Yes, we can do that, too. Comedies, dramas, mysteries, health and fitness, travel, and more are available for free download.

All of this is available with your library card. No monthly subscription fees. And if there is a title you don’t see, just ask us and we will do our best to get it.

Want to know more? Contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Dewey Talks about Oregon history tonight

Roanoake Inn

Old Wilsonville bar scene at the Roanoake Inn

How much do you know about Oregon history? If you’re like me, you’re lucky to know that we’re the Beaver State (even for those of us who went to the University of Oregon), and that those Lewis and Clark guys came out for a visit sometime around 1800.

Find out more tonight (Thursday, February 2) at 6:30 p.m. with Darrell Jabin. Darrell helped put together the state issued almanac and fact book The Oregon Blue Book as well as a 37-minute video showcasing 100 years of publication and the process to recreate the original Commemorative Edition 1911 Oregon Blue Book.

The video is filled with historical vignettes including women winning the right to vote, the fire that destroyed the Capitol, the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration, and the Columbus Day Storm.

For that matter, how much do you know about Wilsonville history? (Or perhaps I should say “Boones Landing.”) Discover Wilsonville’s history with these Library resources:

  • See photographs from the early days of Wilsonville and read what local citizens had to say about those early days with the Wilsonville Community Historic Views and Talk on the Library website.
  • For an outstanding collection of photographs from the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, visit the Emery and Alice Aden Digital Image Collection, also on the Library website.
  • Want something more analog? Then drop by the Library on Monday, February 13th, for “Heritage Day” as part of the Library’s 30th birthday celebration week. We will have special exhibits that day of photos and artifacts of Old Wilsonville, as well as “Beginner’s Genealogy” classes to help folks learn how to trace their family tree.
  • And did I mention that we have an outstanding collection of local and regional history in our “Heritage Collection.”  This rapidly growing Collection is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest and most easily accessible public collections for genealogical research in Oregon. Besides shelving for over 2500 books, it includes a couple of large microfilm cabinets, several microfilm readers, and a computer for using CD-ROM databases and accessing genealogical material on the Internet.

For questions about all things historical and genealogical, contact Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Watch the play!

"One World, Many Stories"

"One World, Many Stories"

The Library’s Summer Reading Promotional Play is on the web!  You can watch a performance from Brad, Shannon, Sheila, Steven and Terri at Boeckman Creek Primary School as they unravel a funny mystery of mixed-up suitcases and share information about the Library Summer Reading Program.

Brad is such a troublemaker . . .

Watch the play here: SRP 2011 Promotional Play

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

Value Line is now online


Research stocks and mutual funds online with Value Line

Looking for those big binders with all the detailed pages of stock and mutual fund information?

Now you don’t have to, because that information is online through LINCC - and available for free anywhere you can access the internet. Just enter your library card number and your PIN and you are in!

The Value Line Research Center includes on-line access to Value Line’s leading research publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as our proprietary special situation stocks.

In addition, The Value Line Research Center also provides users free delayed stock quotes, company news, extensive graphing, market updates, portfolio tracking with alerts, Value Line Analyst Supplements in real time, educational programs and a great deal of free information from Wall Street’s most respected source.

 Find out more at the LINCC website. Still have questions? Contact a reference librarian at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org

*The library has ended its subscription to Morningstar because Value Line has equivalent information.

*Once you get to the Value Line website, you don’t need to to login further to access information. Use the search boxes at the top left to find what you are looking for.

Put a hold on a hold (aka “Suspend a Hold”)

Person suspended by rope

There are easier ways to suspend a hold

Going on vacation and don’t want your videos on hold to arrive while you are gone? Or maybe you are still in the middle of a book (that looks like it will take awhile to finish) and you aren’t ready for any more books on hold to arrive?

Then suspend your hold!

When you suspend your hold, your hold is still in place, and you will still move up in the waiting list, but the item will not be delivered to your library until you unsuspend the hold.

How to suspend a hold:

  1. Log in to your account at www.lincc.org
  2. Click on the “My Account” tab
  3. Click on “Holds”
  4. Select the items you want to suspend by clicking in the box next to the title. If you want to suspend all of your holds, then check the box at the top of the list next to “All”.
  5. Scroll down and click on “Suspend selected holds.”
  6. OPTIONAL: set the dates for when the suspension starts and ends. (This is handy if you don’t want to have to remember to go back in to your account to activate your holds.)
  7. Click the button “Suspend selected holds.”

Of course, you can also call the Library at 503-682-2744 and have one of our staff do this for you as well.

Happy Travels and Reading!

Do you play it safe with social networking?

Social networkingI just watched The Social Network over the weekend (not as good as all the hype, I thought), and given the news that Facebook now has over 600 million users worldwide, it got me wondering: how do you stay safe with social networking?

If you don’t know, then take a look at these tips for staying safe online with social networking sites (like Facebook and Twitter):

Don’t share everything
Despite what your kindergarten teacher told you, sharing is not necessarily a good thing. Too much of your information online can lead to ID theft, so when on social network sites, limit the amount of information you provide. Don’t give out info like your Social Security Number, birthdate, home address, or phone number.

Check your settings regularly
As social media sites try to stay up to date with security, they often make changes to users’ settings. It’s generally in the name of safety, but you should still check your settings, configurations, and privacy pages on your favorite sites and make sure that they are customized the way you want.

Beware of strangers
Just because they want to be your “Friend” doesn’t mean that they are really seeking friendship. Watch out for people you don’t know, as well as clickable links that you didn’t ask for. Scams often come in the form of friendly strangers.

But more than anything: Think before you post (or update or tweet).
When you let the world know where you are going to be, you’re also telling them where you won’t be – at home.

And keep in mind that even if you delete a post, the Internet remembers. So be aware of what you put online. Even the best privacy settings will not help you if you put the post or comment or update or tweet out there for everyone to see.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744.