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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.

Are you ready for Memorial Day?

Need to find out how to prepare your BBQ for a summer of grilling? Still looking for that perfect potato salad recipe? Want to know where the best places to picnic are? Is your music playlist in need of some new tunes?

Let your library help you! We have a variety of ways to assist you, both in the library and online.

Stop in and browse our books. BBQ/grilling books are in the non-fiction section at 641. 595, with general cookbooks in 641.5. Plan and prep for entertaining with books in 642.4, and discover local parks with guidebooks in 979.09.

Maybe videos better suit you? Take a look at our cooking videos, like Julia Child and Martha Stewart, in the DVDs at 641. View local areas with videos in 979.5. Have a live concert in your home – for free! – with one of our concert videos in 789.5.

And of course, there is the CD music collection, with music ranging from Ace of Base to Alabama to Aaron Copland.

Online you can use our online databases to search digital collections of magazines for articles on grilling, recipes from 100+ different magazines, and decorating ideas for that outdoor party you’re planning. Visit www.lincc.org to find out more.

Still have questions? Just ask us! Email us at reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org, call 503-682-2744, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Have a great weekend!


Hawaii and Robots are coming for you

High Tide in Hawaii cover

High Tide in Hawaii cover

What do Hawaii and robots have in common? They’re the themes for the final youth programs at the library for this school year.

Kindergarten through 2nd Graders can join the Magic Tree House Club’s Jack and Annie on a trip to Hawaii as we ride the High Tide in Hawaii this Thursday, May 20, at 4 p.m. Free snacks, crafts, and games will be on hand. Aloha!

For teens, the final Teen Check-out is this Friday, May 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., featuring the theme ROBOTS. Come for free snacks, movies, and games (with ROBOTS). By your command.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 503-570-1592.



Transformer robot

Magic Treehouse Club – High Tide in Hawaii
Thursday, May 20
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Oak Room

Teen Check-out – Robots
Friday, May 21
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Oak Room

How does your garden grow?

Digging in the dirt

Love the NW clay soil

If it’s anything like mine, it grows in fits and starts, with every year something new to learn. There was the year I planted lilies under the maple tree, only to discover they didn’t get the sun they needed. Or the year I tried growing basil, not knowing to pinch out the flowers to keep the basil producing leaves. 

Or like this year – the dead 10 foot tall stump in our backyard that was supposed to come down, oh, six years ago but didn’t because we feared it would be filled with all sorts of buggy goodness .  Well, we now own a happy chainsaw and decided to try it on the stump this past weekend. We cut a sliver out of the trunk, watching for the zillions of tiny creepy crawly things to zoom out. Instead, we found lovely cedar. No knots, no bugs.  Just gorgeous cedar. The stump had been an eyesore in the backyard for six years. Why didn’t we try cutting it sooner? Ah, the lessons we learn. 

Now that the sun is back (for the moment) and temperatures look to be more normal, it’s the perfect time to get outside and putter in the dirt. Here are some resources at the library that may make your gardening a little easier: 


  • on plants and basic gardening are in Non-fiction 635
  • on garden design are in Non-fiction 712
  • here’s a tip: Timber Press is a Portland company that publishes books on gardening, horticulture, natural history (esp. of the Pacific Northwest). They do good stuff.


  • see the non-fiction DVDs in 712, like Garden Story (the series on PBS)
  • see the fiction DVDs for entertainment, like the hit British TV mystery series Rosemary and Thyme

Online Databases – access magazine articles online, for free! 

  • Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture – nearly 50 magazines/journals on, you guessed it, gardening, landscape, and horticulture. Includes practical and scientific works, from American Gardener to Australian House and Garden, from Martha Stewart Living to Mother Earth News.
  • Home Improvement – nearly 100 home improvement magazines/journals for weekend warriors and professional carpenters alike. Includes titles like Architectural Digest, Good Housekeeping, House and Garden, and This Old House.

Magazines - Stop in and browse (and take home!) back issues of titles like: 

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Organic Gardening
  • Sunset

Dewey Talk this Wednesday, May 12 (that’s tomorrow) at 6:30 p.m.

  • Come talk with a Master Gardener and learn all about drip irrigation and soil preparation. Good things to know before you start getting dirty. Join us tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Room for this free talk.

For more information, contact the library at 503-682-2744, e-mail a librarian at reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org, or stop by and ask. We’re happy to help! 


Fly me to the moon

STS-131 crew patch

STS-131 crew patch

I recently got back from a trip to Florida to see one of the final space shuttle launches (STS-131 to be precise). If you don’t already know, there are three more launches planned for 2010 and then that’s it – all future NASA trips to space will be as passengers on Russian capsules. At a price of $50 million per passenger. I’m not sure how much that is in rubles, but I’m betting a fair bit.

So in preparation for the trip to Kennedy Space Center, I thought I would do some reading (something you wouldn’t expect from a library worker, huh?). Here are my favorite space books, all available from LINCC:

  1. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne – the book that started it all. Technically it’s fiction, but Verne got most of the math right as well as the decision between Florida and Texas for launch bases. Not bad for someone writing in 1865.
  2. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe – Covers the Mercury program from start to end with detailed subjective observations of/by the people involved (pilots, wives, staff). For all of Wolfe’s literary excess, the book is lively, emotional, detailed, shocking, funny, and educational. The movie version is not bad, either.
  3. T-Minus by Roberto Ottaviani – Best representation of the Space Race I have come across. This graphic novel covers in detail the historical and scientific facts for how the U.S. and the Soviet Union approached putting a man on the moon.
  4. Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael J. Neufeld – Provides insight into Von Braun’s single-minded pursuit of going into space, from building rockets at age 13 to his involvement with the Nazi SS building the V-2 rockets (which became the rockets the U.S. first used to put men in space with the Mercury program), and on to his time working for NASA. A little dry, but a lot of fascinating information.
  5. Moondust by Andrew Smith – A Brit goes on a quest to meet the remaining moonwalkers (9 are still alive of the 12) after he talks with Charlie Duke (astronaut on Apollo 16) and discovers that each astronaut came back from the moon with a different reaction. He documented his quest with the BBC, if you want to know and see more.

Some other books that I didn’t get a chance to read, but that come highly recommended:

  • A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin (the basis for the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon)
  • Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins (Apollo 11 astronaut)
  • Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13 astronaut, and which the Tom Hanks’ movie Apollo 13 is based on)
  • Deke! An Autobiography by Deke Slayton (one of the Mercury 7 astronauts who became the Director of Flight Crew Operations at NASA from 1963-1972. He decided which astronauts went on which missions.)

When I wasn’t reading, I was watching space stuff. Take a break from reading with these videos available from LINCC (I recommend them all):

  • Apollo 13
  • Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back
  • For All Mankind
  • From the Earth to the Moon (HBO series) – if nothing else, watch this!
  • IMAX: Magnificent Desolation
  • IMAX: Space Station
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
  • The Right Stuff

I have to admit I knew nothing about the space program until my best friend got me interested and I saw From the Earth to the Moon. Give it a look, if nothing else than for good storytelling and for the array of familiar actors involved (Tim Daly as Jim Lovell; Brian Cranston as Buzz Aldrin). You just might become a space fan, too!


Here come the Olympics

Vancouver 2010 OlympicsAnd we are ready to take you there!

Reserve one of our public computers and watch the competitions (or maybe the torch lighting ceremony is more your speed?) online. Learn about the sports or catch up on the latest scandals with our local and national newspapers, like Wilsonville Spokesman, The Oregonian, The New York Times, and USA Today, or magazines, like Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, or books in our non-fiction collection (796 is the magic number). Get into the Olympic spirit with movies based on true Olympic stories, like Cool Runnings and Miracle.

We also have programs in the Olympic vein. Today kids in 3rd through 5th grade can join us at 4 p.m. for the Afterschool Book Bash celebrating Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief.

Teens have their own Olympic event with the Teen Check-Out: The Olympians on Friday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Yes, Valentine’s Day is ten days away, but if you want to have any library materials on hand for the holiday, now is the time to put them on hold.

What library materials could you possibly want for Valentine’s Day? How about:

  • Videos (romantic movies, massage instruction, live music concerts)
  • Music (classical music, slow jazz, Parisian cafe music, Barry White)
  • Books (love poetry, romance novels, gourmet cookbooks, wine guides)
  • Audiobooks (have a story read to you! Available on tape, CD, or MP3)
  • Cultural Pass (get free entry for 2 adults to a Portland area attraction – perhaps a stroll through the Japanese Garden, or a visit to the Portland Art Museum?)

Find out more by visiting the Library website at www.wilsonvillelibrary.org, or calling us at 503-682-2744. Have a great Valentine’s Day!