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Meet the new Youth Services Librarian

Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried, Youth Services Librarian

Puppet master, Jeopardy contestant, and outdoor enthusiast, Steven Engelfried has done a lot before taking the helm of the Youth Services Department at the Wilsonville Public Library. As the new Youth Services Librarian, his job is to lead the activities and services at the library for youth ages 0 to 18. That’s a lot of work!

Steven became a children’s librarian in 1986. He enjoys hiking with his kids, crossword puzzles, and, well, reading. His favorite book is Chronicles of Prydain (it’s a series of 5 books, but we’ll accept that) by Lloyd Alexander. If you are looking for some good youth fiction, he suggests works by Hilary McKay and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Steven can be found at the Children’s Reference Desk helping young readers and their parents find good books, and at the Summer Reading Program events. The next time you are at the library, stop by and say hi to Steven.

Steven can be reached at 503-570-1592, or engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Staff book picks for 2009

As the year draws to an end, we start to reflect on the year, and at the library, on what we read. What were our favorite books that we read in 2009?

So here in all of its glory is the list of Staff Book Picks for 2009:

Non-Fiction (i.e. the true stuff)

  • A Land in Two Halves: An Accidental Tour of New Zealand by Joe Bennett
  • Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
  • Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick
  • Diving into Darkness: A True Story of Death and Survival by Phillips Finch
  • Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard
  • Emergency by Neil Strauss
  • F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the Twentieth Century by Mark Levine
  • Halsey’s Typhoon by Bob Drury
  • High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  • Horse Boy by Ruper Isaacson
  • How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead by Ariel Gore
  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
  • One-Minute Tips Unclutter Your Mind: 500 Tips for Focusing on What’s Important by Donna Smallin
  • Portrait of the Gulf Stream: In Praise of Currents by Erik Orsenna
  • Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
  • Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.
  • Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris by Bonnie Henderson
  • Tales of High Clackamas County: Mt. Hood National Forest 1930-1935 by F. Alton Everest
  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
  • The Lost City of Z: Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  • We Swam the Grand Canyon: The True Story of a Cheap Vacation that Got a Little Out of Hand by Bill Beer
  • Why We Believe What We Believe : Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth by Andrew Newberg

Fiction (i.e. the made up stuff)

  • A Darker Place by Jack Higgins
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  • A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
  • Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  • Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell
  • Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich.
  • Home from the Vinyl Café by Stuart McLean
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
  • In Cuba I Was a German Shepard by Ana Menedez
  • Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  • Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Magic in the Bone by Devon Monk
  • Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel
  • My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
  • Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • Rough Justice by Jack Higgins
  • Southern Lights by Danielle Steel.
  • The Amber Room: A Novel by Steve Berry
  • The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig
  • The Game of Opposites by Norman Lebrecht
  • The Last War by Ana Menendez
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by  Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Plain Sense of Things by Pamela Joern
  • The Potato Chip Puzzles by Erin Berlin
  • The Sandhills Ballad by Ladette Randolph
  • The Used World by Haven Kimmel
  • The Woman Who Waited by Andrei Makine
  • Tumtum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn

We hope this list inspires you and sees you off on a wonderful year of reading!