Need a gift for your Valentine?

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Local artist Jennifer Benz says "I like rocks...and fabric...and yarn...and BEADS! I have been a fiber artist all my life. Being one who believes in tradition, I encouraged my Grandmother to teach me to crochet and embroider before I turned 7. Some years later, I convinced my Mom to teach me to sew. Growing up in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon, I found a respect and love of Traditional Native American Beadwork. Girl Scout camp introduced me to my first Seed Beadwork class and I have ALWAYS been a lover of rocks, which led me to Gemstone Jewelry. I have been in the Jewelry Business since 1987 and Sewing for the public since 1992."

You can view Jennifer's creations in the Library's lobby display cases this February. Her items are available to take home at the time of purchase. There is still time to get a gift for your Valentine. 20% of the purchase price goes to the Wilsonville Library Foundation.

Do you like Poetry?

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It's not too late to sign up for the 8-week seminar on poet William Stafford.

The class starts Wednesday, January 29, at 6 PM.

Where: Wilsonville Public Library, Oak Room

Sign up at the Wilsonville Public Library to reserve a seat. Cost $40.

Special Guest on January 29:

   Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen


Wilsonville Library is Number 1

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The Oregon State Library reports that the Wilsonville Public Library led the state in the number of children participating in the 2013 Summer Reading Program for libraries of its size:

  • 49% of children in the greater Wilsonville area participated in the 2013 Summer Reading Program - the highest percentage for libraries serving between 1,000 and 100,000 children in Oregon


  • nearly 27% of kids in the library's service area finished the program - that is the highest percentage of finishers for any library serving over 2,000 kids under the age of 14

The Wilsonville Library Foundation supported the Science Adventure portion of summer reading with nearly $4,200. We are so proud of our Library.

Invitation to the Annual Meeting

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We cordially invite you to join the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation Board at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. We'll review the programs we funded in 2013, report on contributions received in 2013, elect officers, and get a preview of plans for 2014.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the Library.

Questions? Feel free to contact me (see Contact Us).

Hilly Alexander, President

Find the Beauty of Nature in Photographs

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Come see Lisa Nead's work this month. She describes her passion for photography:

Whenever I travel to a destination with the specific intention to photograph, I am never sure what images I will end up with but I am certain I will enjoy the process. It is where both the challenge and the reward happen for me. Being in the right place at the right time with the added component of what some may call luck, but I like to call magic, is what makes the experience so rewarding for me; the bee lands on the flower right in front of me, the storm clouds part for just long enough to cast a delicate light across the countryside, a couple stands hand in hand silhouetted in front of an orange sunset. To have this “magic” happen I must be patient and simply allow the image to unfold before me. This is the part I love most about capturing a photograph.

My photographs are a way of expressing my reverence for the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I am compelled to capture it and my hope is to awaken something in the viewer as well.

Come see the November Art Display

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November Artist: Ron Sheldon

Ron painted water colors for several years. Then he was ready for something new. Ron now paints on copper, using a technique he developed himself. You can find out how he does it at the Library.

We have numerous examples of Ron's copper based paintings on the Art Wall inside the Wilsonville Public Library this month.

Did you know that 20% of art sales at the Library benefit the Wilsonville Library Foundation?