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Join the library for March madness


Still shivering from the snow and frosts of February, or have they receded quickly into hazy memory? Well, it’s time to weather the next storm — tax season. Luckily, the library is ready to help. We have a qualified volunteer ready to assist you with your tax returns every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Just show up and bring your 2012 return for better results. No appointment necessary and, of course, it’s free.

On March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. we’re starting something new! It’s Performance Jam, and if you play a (transportable) instrument, we want your talents. Bring your acoustic instruments and take a turn playing. Musicians at all levels of experience are welcome. Singers and listeners are invited, too! Meetings are free and happen on the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Rose Room. Come on down so you can say you were there at the outset. Call 503-682-2744.

On March 7 at 6 p.m., we are happy to present our March First Friday Film. This time around, a pair of astronauts left stranded in space must somehow find a means to survive. Free snacks and hard plastic chairs may encourage you to give this free film a spin.

March 8 at 2 p.m., the Retta Christie Trio will grace the library with their dulcet tones. What kind of music will they perform? Well, their verbose website says they have “staked a claim to a fabulously rich but oft-overlooked vein of Americana, a musical mother lode located at the dusty crossroads where the American Songbook and the country-western canon converge.” In other words, your guess is as good as mine. Bring your kin and your dancing shoes (or boots) to this free event.

Our writers group meets at 4 p.m. on both March 11 and 25. If you have a novel inside you that wants to come out, and you seek encouragement and support for your work, the writers group meets bi-monthly to share writing goals and experiences in a supportive environment. Obviously, if they roll their eyes, it just proves that they can’t recognize talent!

Continuing in the literary vein (as all libraries should!), on March 13 at 6 p.m., the book club gathers to deconstruct “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. The novel introduces reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of 12 enchanting stories, who has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her existence and past. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk right now, so there’s still time to read it before the meeting.

Wilsonville teens don’t despair! On March 14 at 6:30 p.m., it’s the March Madness Teen Event. Basketball in the library? Come and find out! (Is this why I found footprints on my desktop last year at this time?) At any rate, there will be snacks and enjoyable activities for all those in grades six through 12. Free, as always.

On the other end of the activity spectrum, we have the genealogy club. There are no teens in this group, and they will most assuredly not be playing basketball, but they will meet here at the library at 1 p.m. March 17. Alas, March’s topic had yet to be decided at press time, but I’m sure it will be worthwhile.

March 18th at 6 p.m., our dogged group of fiber enthusiasts meet in the library for Knit ‘n’ Spin. If you have a question about any kind of yarn-based craft, these august spinsters can help you out.

On March 19 at 4 p.m. our erudite Great Books Discussion Group will meet to discuss “The Social Contract” by Jean Jacques Rousseau. Want a copy of the reading ahead of time? Just call or email me at the library and I will send a copy to you posthaste.

As luck would have it, that same day, but at 6 p.m., Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son, gives a presentation of “You Must Revise Your Life: William Stafford on Poetry and Peace” at McMenamin’s Wilsonville Old Church. Free to attend, but we suggest you arrive early for best results.

In addition to copious weekly story times on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the children’s staff at the library would like all rugrats in kindergarten through second grade to attend K-2 Book Adventures on March 20 at 4 p.m. This month’s theme: Caldecott Tales!

And finally, rounding out the month, we present McMenamins Free History Pub on March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at McMenamin’s Wilsonville Old Church. This month’s topic is “The Extraordinary Life of Homer Davenport, Political Cartoonist,” a presentation by Gus Frederick, a local author.

Davenport (1867-1912) was one of the most successful artists Oregon has ever produced. His career as a political cartoonist, and notably the work he did for the San Francisco Examiner and The New York Evening Mail, was both hugely influential and effective. Born in Silverton into the pioneer Geer family, Davenport became a world traveler and developed a second career breeding Arabian horses. His life is a story of fame, political influence, artistic creativity and discovery. Hope to see you there!

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

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