February events set for Wilsonville Public Library

Greetings, library fans and friends! February is the shortest month of the year, but like every other month around here, it’s packed full of so many events and highfalutin’ gimcrackery that a body hardly knows what’s coming next.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - United States poet laureate William Stafford would have turned 100 this year. In his honor, librarys across the nationa are celebrating him and his works.On Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., emeritus professor John Ehrstine presents the latest in his series of literary seminars. United States poet laureate William Stafford was born in Kansas, but became Oregon’s most celebrated poet. How did this happen? How did his experiences in Oregon shape his creative work? Find out at this seminar that will be held on consecutive Wednesdays from Jan. 29 to March 19. The first meeting, however, on Jan. 29 will showcase a visit by Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son. So there’s still time to sign up for the class itself — just $40 for the whole shebang, and texts are available at a substantial discount. Just call or visit the library to sign up.

At 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, our fancy February First Friday Film features famished, fairly frantic freedom fighters ferocious for favors and food from fit, fascist flunkies. Can’t figure it out? Yeah, me neither, but wow, what alliteration! Anyway, the film stars Matt Damon and a crew of thousands who must figure some way to reach and overpower the inhabitants of the giant orbiting spacecraft known as “Elysium.” It’s free, fun, fantastic ... please, just show up!

Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. the library’s Booknotes Concert touches down with Rhythm Culture. RC features blues- and jazz-influenced reggae to which you are encouraged to dance. Find out more (about the music) at Free and open to all, so come on down, mon.

On Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. the Wilsonville Public Library Writers Group meets for its bimonthly meeting (the next is on Feb. 25). If you are 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. Free and open to you - and it’s still not too late for a New Year’s resolution!

Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., it’s time for the meeting of the august Wilsonville Book Club. This month, they’re applying themselves to the novel “Labrynth” by Kate Moss (not the waifish model). In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny. Can they keep the secret of the labyrinth safe? As always, extra copies of the books are available for checkout and reading right now, at the front desk of the library ... so no excuses!

On Feb. 17 the library is closed for a breather. It’s Presidents’ Day, here punctuated correctly by a grammatical pedant who never makes a single eror. We’ll open the doors again on Tuesday.

But on second thought, why not wait until Wednesday instead, because that’s when our newest club, the Great Books Discussion Group will gather at 4 p.m. If you’re interested in philosophy and the “big questions” of life, please join us each month for a roundtable discussion of how modern-day issues are reflected and illuminated by the great Western classic books. Up to bat this month: “Civilization and its Discontents” by Sigmund Freud. Need a copy? Give me a call or email, and I will hook you up by email or in person — 503-682-2744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. your stressed-out teens can have fun with Legos. They can build with Lego blocks, play Lego video games and more. No doubt they’ll also get to go a-viking through the closed library, whooping and jumping with free-spirited elan. I’m locking up my candy stash right now!

Those of you who’ve read this far deserve to know: February is Food for Fines month at the library. You will receive 50 cents off your fines per unexpired can or jar of food. Please check our website for other events. We hope to see you in February and all year round!

The Wilsonville Public Library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. For more information, call 503-682-2744 or visit htpp://

Greg Martin is the adult services librarian at Wilsonville Public Library.

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