Wilsonville Public Library hosts an event for Lowrie Primary School families

The Wilsonville Public Library gained more than a few new patrons last Thursday, when students from Lowrie Primary School and their families attended a school event there. Lowrie’s Family Night followed similar events for families at Boones Ferry and Boeckman Creek primary schools, when more than 120 new library cards were given out.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about all the library has to offer, for children to get a library card and to hear a story,” Lowrie Principal Patrick Meigs said.

As if that wasn’t enough, library staff offered another enticement: cookies, donated by Lamb’s Thriftway for Lowrie Family Night.

Following a welcome by library staff, including youth services librarian Steven Engelfried, and an overview of what the library has to offer, students were treated to a brief dramatic story.

After that, it was time for the books.

Each student was allowed to pick out one book to take home and keep, courtesy of the Wilsonville Library Foundation. It’s just another part of the Wilsonville library’s commitment to early childhood literacy.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Engelfried said, “with the library full of kids and families — crazy in a good way.”

There is no age requirement for applying for a card at the public library, although Engelfried said that many families wait until their children hit kindergarten.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO:  KATE HOOTS - Reese Buchanan, a second-grader at Lowrie, fills out an application for a public library card of her own Feb. 13.“School age is when we really hope they have a card,” he said.

Reese Buchanan, a second-grader at Lowrie, brought along her younger brother, Chase, 5, who will enter kindergarten next fall. Both she and her brother filled out applications for library cards, and Reese was eager to get hers.

“I get to fill out my own paper, and we get a free book, because I love to read,” she said. She was hoping to find a book in the popular graphic novel series “Geronimo Stilton,” which is about the adventures of a dashing editor and publisher mouse.

Reese said she hoped to check out “one, two or three” books that night, using her new library card. She was also excited to receive a coupon for a free pizza from Papa Murphy’s. Every child who signed up for a library card that night, or who already had one, received a coupon.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO:  KATE HOOTS - First-grader Audrey Buck lets her father, Robert Buck, handle the paperwork while she keeps both hands on her cookie at the Wilsonville Public Librarys Lowrie Family Night.First-grader Audrey Buck also filled out an application. With her family, she has been a library patron most of her life, but she had always used her parents’ cards to check out books until now.

“Audrey just decided that it was time to have her own card,” her father, Robert Buck, said.

Lowrie students are avid readers, according to the school’s library assistant, Kimberley Rhoades.

“They love to read,” she said. “They have a beautiful space and they have lots of books, beautiful new books.”

She was pleased to see so many Lowrie students at the public library event.

“They can have two libraries. Two are better than one,” she said. “How many public libraries invite schools?

“The public library comes into Lowrie at least once a year, into every classroom. ... I’m consistently impressed.”

“It shows up in test scores,” Engelfried said. “Kids who are read to learn to read earlier. It’s such a fun, such a powerful thing to have growing up: reading and loving to read.”

By Kate Hoots
Education reporter
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