New Foundation Leadership

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation Board of Directors elected officers at the Annual Meeting on January 9, 2018.

President   Caroline Berry

Vice President   Reggie Gaines

Secretary   Miriam Pinoli

Treasurer   Steve McConnel


While the Library remodel is in progress our Board Meetings will be held off site. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us.

2017 was a successful year for us and we look forward to another successful year in 2018.


Save the Date for Annual Meeting

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 6:30pm, location tbd. We'll look back on the projects and programs we supported in 2017, elect officers for 2018, and look at plans for 2018. Hint: the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation will turn 20! And the Library is undergoing a remodel and renovation during the first half year of 2018.

Please join us!

Questions: ask Hilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy Holidays!

Board of Directors

Thanksgiving 2017

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On this Thanksgiving Day we are thankful for all who support our Library with donations to the Wilsonville Library Foundation. With your help we fund programs for all ages that

  • Ignite a passion for reading in young children - Imagination Library
  • Fire up the imagination of school age children - Summer Science Adventure
  • Stimulate curiosity and lifelong learning - Curiosity Cafe, History Pub
  • Facilitate early literacy - Outreach to children and caregivers at day care facilities

We are helping our library thrive.

Board of Directors

A Toast to Imagination

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Our wine tasting event was so much fun last year. Join us for a repeat on Saturday November 4. Bring your friends to wine tasting and great food in the Wilsonville Public Library after hours.


Click on the EVENT INFORMATION link on the home page to find out more. Click on the BUY TICKETS button to purchase tickets online or pay for your tickets at the Library circulation desk.

There will be several great raffle items. We hope to see you on November 4.

OrePac Building Products $10,000 Donation

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City of Wilsonville MEDIA RELEASE

OrePac Building Products Recognized for $10,000 Contribution to the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation


 WILSONVILLE, OR � The Wilsonvillle Public Library Foundation recognizes OrePac Building Products for support of public computing and Internet access at the Wilsonville Public Library with a $10,000 contribution. The cash donation is part of a larger five-year commitment  by the company to help the Library improve opportunities for public access to computers and Internet services at the Library.


 Headquartered in Wilsonville, OrePac has supported the Library’s public-computing access since 1997 with gifts of computers and other equipment that has expanded and enhanced the Wilsonville community’s access to computers and the Internet. OrePac sponsored the ‘OrePac Building Products Technology Center’ when the Library expanded in 2002, making a dozen new computers available to the public. These public computers have been used up to 40,000 times per year, and have provided access for area residents to apply for jobs, take online classes, do research and keep in touch with friends and loved ones.


 Hilly Alexander, Past President of the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation, said that, “OrePac’s support of the Wilsonville Public Library has been instrumental to improving public access to both computers and to the Internet. We invite more Wilsonville-based businesses to consider supporting the Library’s on-going efforts to improve computer literacy and public access to Internet services.”


 With the growth of wireless Internet access, the Library is looking to strengthen the wireless infrastructure available to the public as part of a million-dollar Library renovation scheduled for this winter.  OrePac’s support helps to strengthen the Library’s wireless infrastructure by improving wireless Internet access.


 For more information on the Wilsonville Public Library and Foundation, see, or contact Pat Duke, Library Director, at 503-570-1590; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spring Update from Pat Duke, Library Director

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We’ve had a good year.

Deborah Gitlitz, our Outreach Librarian, has been making contact throughout the City to parent groups, apartment houses, and anywhere else folks gather to take early literacy messages to families. She has been visiting a Head Start program at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. She’s been meeting with Hispanic parents at Boeckman Creek Primary. And she’s been an important Spanish language resource for the library, including building our Spanish language collections.

This year we are going to do more. With the Foundation’s support, Deborah is going to begin regular visits to local daycares, some of these are run by families and friends and providers have little formal knowledge of early literacy. She can make connections, give advice and model effective techniques to help kids on their reading path.

For adults, we are adding programs like Curiosity Café, which allows individuals to share experiences and gifts with the community. We started with a talk about the Library’s own Terri Wortman’s bike ride across the USA. And last week we had cowboy poet, Tom Swearingin, read his poetry and talk about his life. We plan to do these monthly, each with a different topic.

And of course there is Science Adventure. I spent Saturday morning in the streets of Portland, with about 10,000 others, to make a statement about the importance of science in peoples’ lives, and the importance of kids pursuing it as a thoughtful career. Science Adventure provides out of school opportunities for kids in this community to explore science and to think critically. Last year over 400 local children completed ten science activities over the summer, hundreds more attended preschool stories and science, where scientific principals are introduced to preschoolers… at their level. And hundreds more attended classes taught by OMSI.

All of these activities are supported by the Library Foundation. Indeed, Science Adventure simply would not exist without the Foundation.

We are going to have a great year. So let me tell you about a couple of other things we are doing that will hopefully make the library easier to use and more attractive. These are not necessarily funded by the Foundation, but are important.

As I speak, Library staff are applying RFID tags to materials in the Library. These tags will make checkout easier, and will create other efficiencies for the library. You should see changes this fall.

Also this fall, we will be renovating the central areas of the library building. We are replacing our carpet, downsizing our service desks, working to improve the Young Adult area, and improving seating.

By this time next year, the Library will have a new look. This is being paid for with capital money that was made available to us by the County as part of the creation of the Library district in 2009.

So we are really looking forward to an exciting year. We are expanding programs and we are making great changes to the Library building.

In January, the Library Foundation took over the administration of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Wilsonville from the Wilsonville Kiwanis. Kiwanis did an amazing job creating and supporting the Wilsonville Imagination Library. In the five years that Kiwanis ran the program, over 1,200 Wilsonville kids have been touched by the monthly books. Over 30,000 books were mailed. The Foundation took over a robust and thriving program, and it is now the Foundation’s task to take it to the next level. Hint: It’s easy to support this program - $100 buys books for 4 children under 5 for an entire year.