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January is filled with events at Wilsonville Public Library

Hap-hap-happy new year, Wilsonville!

Jan. 1 ushers in another year of fun and exciting events here at the Wilsonville Public Library. We’re wasting no time in getting started, after of course, taking Jan. 1 off. After that, the first Friday of 2014 falls on Jan. 3, when at 6 p.m. we’ll be presenting our usual First Friday Film. This month’s offering is a film about the X-men’s Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance and embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. And ninjas too!

If children’s events are more your speed, don’t forget that we host numerous events for the younger set, this month and every month. Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., toddler time appears, followed by baby time at 11 a.m. Family story time also happens on Tuesdays, but in the evening at 6:30. If you can’t make it then, don’t worry! Story time is repeated on Wednesdays, twice: once at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., as well as again on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. We always have a full house, so grab the youngsters and come on down for songs, stories and lots of fun.

On Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. we will have a very special guest. Alter Wiener, 87, is a holocaust survivor who has told his story to hundreds of groups all over the Portland area. Wiener will discuss his experiences in Poland and Germany during and after the World War II. You can find out more about Wiener at his website, alterwiener.com. We suggest you arrive early for seating, as we must close the doors when the room’s seating capacity is reached.

by: SUBMITTED - 'Saving CeeCee Honeycutt' by Beth Hoffman is the January selection for the librarys book club.On Jan. 9 at 6 p.m., our longtime Wilsonville library book club will meet to discuss “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman. Cecelia (CeeCee) Honeycutt is a 12-year-old girl tending her mentally ill mother in Ohio when the mother is suddenly, violently killed. A number of caring characters help nudge CeeCee back toward life in the pages of this bittersweet tale. Copies are available for a full month before the meeting, so come in and grab one today.

On Jan. 11 at 2 .p.m, gather to hear Sky in the Road, an inspirational folk-based pop duo influenced by bluegrass, reggae, rock, country, Celtic, world folk, jazz and blues. As part of our Book Notes Concert Series, Sky in the Road is bound to put on a really great show. Free for you, so come on down!

On Jan. 15 at 4 p.m., our Great Books Discussion Group will meet. Our newest group, this bunch is interested in philosophy and the “big questions” of life. Join them for a roundtable discussion of how modern-day issues are reflected and illuminated by the great Western classic books. Free. This month’s reading is the book of Genesis (uh, and no, it’s not by Phil Collins). As always, if you can’t locate the reading, we’ll be glad to provide you with a copy.

On Jan. 20, we’ll be closed, because we’re just tired, and also because it’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. We’ll see you back at the library on Tuesday.

Teens! Don’t feel left out - game night arrives on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Video games, board games, card games and more. Students in sixth through 12th grade can challenge one another and enjoy free snacks during the event. Free and easy - just show up, or call the youth services department for more information, 503-570-1592.

On Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m., our popular History Pub series at McMenamins continues with “Soccer City: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers.” Take a look back at the Timbers’ first season in 1975, a season so successful that it earned Portland the sobriquet “Soccer City USA.” Free to all, but remember — it’s at McMenamins.

Finally, beginning Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., join us for a literary seminar with Emeritus professor John Ehrstine. Ehrstine will be conducting an eight-part class on Oregon’s own poet laureate, William Stafford. Although born in Kansas, Stafford became Oregon’s most celebrated poet. How did this happen? How did his experiences in Oregon shape his creative work? What is the substance of this acclaimed poet? Join this class to find the answers. Only $40 for the full spate of classes, with a text available at a discount. Call the library to sign up. 503-682-2744.

As usual, there’s too much more to tell — please check our website for further information, wilsonvillelibrary.org.

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