December events include dwarf beard contest and Christmas show

Although December is traditionally a month when the droning hoards find themselves in retail environments rather than hanging out in the big, pale library, we nonetheless have a slew of events planned for when you tire of canned music and sore feet.

Just in case you haven’t actually written a novel, you can console yourself on Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. by attending the Wilsonville Garden Club swag sale. We like the garden club because they take care of our beautiful roses, so come on down and get your beautiful holiday arrangements at rock-bottom prices.

Also on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., the teen writing group will meet to write and talk about writing. Open to students in sixth through 12th grades. They’re meeting again this month at 6 p.m. Dec 18. Want more information? Email Brad Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., it’s back to writing for adults. If you’re a writer looking for encouragement and support for your work, the writers group meets regularly to share writing goals and experiences in a supportive environment. Sit a spell and meet the regulars.

For the junior set, as if December wasn’t already busy enough, on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. we will host K-2 Book Adventures. Children in kindergarten through second grade can explore books, classic tales and favorite authors through storytelling, puppetry and other fun activities.

Then, that same day at 6 p.m., it’s the Wilsonville Book Club, which has been around long enough that it’s now a veritable institution. This month’s book will be William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members — including Addie herself — as well as others, the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. The novel is considered one of the most influential in American fiction in structure, style and drama. As always, copies are available for checkout for the month before the meeting.

But what of the teens? Don’t worry, they haven’t been forgotten. On Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. we present the hobbit teen movie event. A Middle Earth celebration with Lord of the Rings Risk and chess and a dwarf beard contest. Bring your own homemade beard or use our leftover craft supplies to cobble one together during the movie. Open to all students in sixth through 12th grade.

On Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., our popular Booknotes Concert will feature the Northwest Senior Theater with a full Christmas show. Bring the smelling salts and find out more at the library website.

Wilsonville’s popular genealogy club will meet Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Genealogists of the present and future are invited, and past genealogists will be there too, if only in spirit. Led by our own Malia Laughton, you are certain to find help for knotty genealogical problems or even just how to begin. Free, and in the Oak room.

Our newest group is creating some buzz as it meets again Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. That’s right, it’s the Great Books Discussion Group. If you find yourself interested in philosophy and the “big questions” of life, then please join us each month for a roundtable discussion of how modern day issues are reflected and illuminated by the great Western classic books. This month’s reading will be “Alienated Labor” by Karl Marx, which just goes to prove what “they” say about libraries just must be true. A copy of the reading is available at the library’s reference desk. Stop by or give us a call. Be sure to whisper.

Last but not least, the holidays … you knew they were coming! On Dec. 24 we will close early at 2 p.m. Unsurprisingly, we’ll also be closed all day on the 25th, then again on Jan. 1. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa … take your pick, but be sure to enjoy yourself.

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