From book clubs to concerts, month is full of family activities

The library will offer a full slate of events in November, despite being closed three days, so let’s dive right in and find out.

At 2 p.m. Nov. 9 you can snap along to the cool sounds of swing emanating from the library thanks to our special musical guests, Calamity Jazz. It’s our monthly free concert in the library stacks, so be there or be square, daddy-o. (If you can borrow the turtlenecks, dark sunglasses and absinthe from the teen writers, they’d likely fit better here.)

Then on Nov. 11 we will be closed in honor of Veterans Day. Please give our nation’s veterans (young and old) a kind thought while you enjoy your time off today.

On Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., our adult writers group meets. Stick around until 6 and you can also check out the National Novel Writing Month midpoint write-in. Looks to be a literary evening in spades.

Our top-drawer Wilsonville Library Book Club has its November meeting on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. This month, they’ll be discussing “The Amber Room,” a tepid potboiler by Steve Berry. When Judge Rachel Cutler’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, he leaves his daughter tantalizing clues to a decades-old secret: the Amber Room, an exquisite treasure that was disassembled and looted by the Nazis when they invaded the Soviet Union. Free and open to all, with copies of the book available for check out here at the library.

On Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. teens can participate in the “Hunger Games.” Come and experience the Reaping and our own less deadly version of the games — which means, please kids, leave the crossbows at home. May the odds be ever in your favor! (Of course, whoever heard of a “Hunger Games” where they serve pizza?) Free and open to all students in sixth through 12th grades.

On Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. our monthly Genealogy Club gathers. It’s free and open to beginners and beyond. Bring your questions and problems and let the genealogical hive mind have a crack.

Our newest monthly group, the Great Books Discussion Group, meets Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. to discuss philosophy and the big questions of life as illustrated by various erudite readings. This month’s discussion will center on “Conscience” by Immanuel Kant. Future discussions may determine if Nietzsche was especially Pietzsche.

At 4 p.m. Nov. 21, the library’s children’s department presents K-2 Book Adventures. Explore excellent books, classic tales and favorite authors through storytelling, puppetry and other fun activities. For children in kindergarten through second grade.

Our popular History Pub rides again Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. This evening’s presentation (not at the library, but McMenamins Pub) will be hosted by Dr. William Lang, who will speak on the “History and Politics of Dams on the Columbia River.” Free and open to all.

We’ll be closed Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping you and yours will enjoy the holiday tremendously. See you in December!

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