October filled with fun family activities

Here comes October, the haunted month. Dry leaves are blown about by cold winds, cemetery gates are creaking and the library battens down the hatches for yet another wicked wet season coming this way.

Not to worry — rain or shine, dark or light, there will always be plenty to do all month long in the cavernous, barnlike library.

But first, do either of you who read this column regularly have copies of the Wilsonville Spokesman from 2012? Could we convince you to donate them? Through a horrendous error, we’ve managed to throw out all the 2012 issues from January through October, and being that the Spokesman is our local newspaper, we feel a tiny bit abashed about our mistake. Just to let you know, we did investigate, and I am happy to report that this error is the first and only one that library staff has ever made.

So glad we cleared that up.

Onward. First up, Oct. 1 will be our weekly meeting of the Job Search Support Group at 10 a.m. Group leader Jerry Martin has helped many find work, and he’ll help you learn about great job strategies, such as the best way to make a good impression in an interview. No cost and no reservations needed. Give Jerry a call if you’d like more information — 503-481-4885.

Hey John Ehrstine groupies, this message is for you. A new Ehrstine class is aborning. This time it’s “Jane Austen’s Lesser Half,” so named because three of Jane Austen’s six novels have received much less attention and acclaim than the others. The class will begin with “Northanger Abbey,” her earliest completed effort and wittiest book. That will be followed with “Mansfield Park,” often called her most substantial novel. Finally, “Persuasion” is up for discussion, Austen’s most radical story. Film versions of each novel will also accompany the talks. There will be eight weekly classes on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from Oct. 2 until Nov. 20, and texts will be available at a substantial discount. All this for only $40! Sign up quick, by phone or in person, as space is limited.

On Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. our popular First Friday Film Fest returns with an October-friendly movie about zombies. Aging heartthrob Brad Pitt stars in this action-packed adventure “World War Z” (PG-13) recounting the worldwide war of beleaguered mankind against the perils engendered by hoards of irritable and bellicose zombies. It’s free and there will be snacks galore, so come and join us.

Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. brings the monthly meeting of the Teen Writers Group. Join other teens (sixth through 12th grade) to talk about writers and writing. For adult writers, your meeting will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 instead. Both are free, and no zombies will be admitted, because you will need to bring some brains.

At 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 our fantabulous Wilsonville Library Book Club will meet to discuss the book “Eight Girls Taking Pictures” by Whitney Otto. The novel was inspired by the careers of such groundbreaking photographers as Lee Miller, Imogen Cunningham and Grete Stern. Find out more about this book on our website.

On Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., come to the library and enjoy the dulcet tones of Linda Lee Michelet’s Rendezvous, as they croon classic rock hits from the Beatles to Journey. They sound better than you do (even in the shower), so come on down and feel just a little jealous about what you did with your life.

Our Great Books Discussion Group gathers at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 here at the library. Join them to read and discuss the great works of history. This month features a discussion of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” and its meaning to us moderns.

Our monthly Genealogy Club has its meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 21. This popular group explores various facets of genealogy and the great ancestor hunt. (Or come to our First Friday Film instead to find out what happens when your ancestors hunt you.)

On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., everyone meet at McMenamins for the monthly free History Pub presentation. This time it’s our own Charlotte Lehan, who will present “Written in Stone: Stories of Wilsonville’s Dearly Departed.” Wilsonville has no cemeteries, but residents have been living (and dying) here since the 1840s. Where are they? Find out about our local cemeteries and the stories told in stone about their inhabitants.

Oh no! I’ve run out of room to discuss the 10th annual Teen Murder Mystery on Oct. 25, all the children’s programming and so very much else happening this month. Take a look at our website calendar to find out more. Enjoy October!

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