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April is not the cruelest month at the library


Month is filled with activities, from book club to movies to concerts

April is known as the cruelest month, but here at the vast, barnlike Wilsonville library, April is cruel only to those without enough time to attend the many interesting and educational events on tap this month. As is usual, I don’t have enough space in this column to list all our monthly events, so please do take a look at our website calendar at wilsonvillelibrary.org for complete coverage. And with that caveat, let’s dig right in.

On April 3 at 6 p.m., it’s our newest crowd pleaser: Performance Jam. Presented each first and third Thursdays, PJ invites musicians of any level to bring your favorite (acoustic) instruments and take a turn playing. Musicians at all levels of experience are welcome. Singers and listeners are also welcome. We had a grand time at the inaugural meeting - why not join us and make some noise?

Coming April 4 at 6 p.m., we present our latest and greatest First Friday Film. This month, it’s a movie based on the novel “The Book Thief,” wherein young Liesel, being subjected to the horrors of World War II-era Germany, finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

As it turns out, we’ll be having a double feature that day. At 6:30 p.m. teens can prepare for the upcoming release of “The Winter Soldier” by watching the previous Captain America film here on the big screen. Teen Movie Night is for students in grades six-12. Maybe we can all share snacks.

Alas, even Captain America needs to file taxes, so on April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., Alan, our wonderful CPA volunteer. will provide tax help to all comers. No appointment necessary, but bring your relevant documentation and previous year’s tax returns for best results.

If writing out the taxes isn’t enough literary exercise, please join us again April 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. (and again two weeks later on April 22) for the Wilsonville Library Writers Group. The group welcomes all writers looking for encouragement and support for their work by sharing writing goals and experiences in a supportive environment.

The library book club will meet to discuss 'Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford' April 10 at 6 p.m.Literary endeavors continue April 10 at 6 p.m., when the library book club meets to discuss “Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford.” This year marks the 100th birthday of William Stafford, whose work is being celebrated in many events throughout the year. Join us for a fun and detailed analysis of his work.

On April 12 at 2 p.m. our Booknotes Concert presents the I-5 Connection. Comprised of Wilsonville-area singers over the age of 55 who are so in love with music they don’t even have time to build a website. Stop by and listen to the dulcet tones of this talented crew. Free and fun, as always.

Interested in discussing the deeper questions of life? How about joining the Great Books Discussion Group? They’ll meet April 16 at 4 p.m. to deconstruct Charles Darwin’s “Moral Sense of Man and the Lower Animals.” We will happily email you a copy of the reading for free — just call the library.

Calling Professor Emeritus John Ehrstine fans. Brush Up Your Shakespeare will return beginning April 16 at 6 p.m. Ehrstine (Washington State University) will continue his engaging discussion of Shakespeare’s plays being performed at this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, including his final play “The Tempest,” and three favorites: “The Comedy of Errors,” “Richard III,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Only $40 for all eight weekly classes through June 4. Call or visit the library to sign up.

On April 17 at 4 p.m. the children’s department showcases K-2 Book Adventures wherein children in kindergarten through second grade can explore excellent books, classic tales and favorite authors through storytelling, puppetry and other fun activities. This month’s theme: Funny Fest.

Then, on April 21 at 1 p.m., the popular genealogy club will meet to discuss family history. Welcome to all ages and levels of expertise. Club leader Malia Laughton is always able to find a useful and educational topic to further your searches. Free.

Next month’s McMenamins History Pub presentation (held at McMenamins Old Church) will touch down April 29 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be “Political Corruption in 19th Century Oregon” with Tom Marsh, a former history teacher and state representative as well as recent author. Marsh will discuss our state’s legacy of political corruption in the 1800s.

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.