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Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen speaks at the library

Oregon Reads 2014In 2014, Oregon Reads commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. The goal is to once again involve 80,000 Oregonians in Oregon Reads 2014, in communities and on campuses throughout the state.

Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

Throughout the winter, the library offers programs in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2014. The first program is a presentation by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:00 PM in the Oak Room.

Ms. Petersen is Oregon’s  6th Poet Laureate, and will share her love of poetry. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is the kick-off for the library’s literary seminar on William Stafford.

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

History Pub starts Tuesday, March 26

Come join us at our first History Pub!

Come join us at our first History Pub!

In collaboration with the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins, the Wilsonville Public Library presents History Pub!

Learn about Oregon history in a local historical site (The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins) on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. Attendance is free of charge, but of course you are welcome to purchase food and drink to enjoy with your history lecture. Doors open at 5:30 P.M.

The first lecture is next Tuesday, March 26, about slavery in the Oregon Territory (to answer your question: Yes, there were slaves in Oregon!),  presented by local historian and journalist Greg Nokes. Find out more on the library’s calendar page.

We’re excited about this series of lectures and hope you will join us!

History Pub: Slavery in the Oregon Territory
Tuesday, March 26
6:30-8:00 P.M.  Doors open at 5:30 P.M.
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

For more information, 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.

“A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir” by Beverly Cleary

"A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir" by Beverly Cleary

"A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir" by Beverly Cleary

Title/Author: “A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir” by Beverly Cleary

Genre: Non-fiction – memoir of Beverly Cleary’s early life (Oregon writer of children’s books)

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: Interesting book of growing up in Oregon during the 1920s/1930s. Being a transplant to Oregon, it was great insight to life at that time. It’s also a reflection of relationship between mother and daughter that is not uncommon in this day and age of 2011.

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

“Foodie’s Guide to Oregon” talk this Thursday, March 3

Have you ever toured Oregon on an empty stomach, wanted to dine on local cuisine, or been tempted to stop by a roadside vendor and buy some local food?

Kevin Wright, Travel Oregon’s Marketing Director, will share highlights of our state’s culinary treasures. Warning – do not come to this program on an empty stomach! This free presentation will be held Thursday, March 3, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Oak Room.

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

Dewey Talks: The Foodie’s Guide to Oregon
Thursday, March 3
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room
Free! Sign up at the Circulation Desk

“Whodunnit: The Oregon Capitol Fire in 1935″ talk this Thursday, Jan. 6

Oregon Capitol Fire 1935

Oregon Capitol Fire in 1935

Join us this Thursday, January 6, at 6:30 p.m. for a free talk by Kyle Jansson, Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator, on the burning of the Oregon capitol in 1935.

In the middle of the Great Depression, Oregon’s capitol suddenly burned to the ground on a beautiful spring day. Thousands watched as it went up in smoke, while some raced into the burning building to carry out important objects. Who started the fire? Why? Investigators uncovered several important clues to the fire’s cause that may surprise you.
Kyle Jansson has been coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission since 2002 after working as the executive director of the Marion County Historical Society. He serves on the board of the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program and regularly sits on grant-review panels.

This lecture is part of “Dewey Talks,”a  series of free public discussions by local experts.

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


“Whodunnit: The Burning of Oregon’s Capitol in 1935”
Thursday, January 6
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Presented by Kyle Jansson, Coordinator, Oregon Heritage Commission