Science Adventure Recap

Written by Steven Engelfried on .

From 1st graders petting a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach to an eleven year old testing ph levels of plants, the Wilsonville Public Library’s “Summer Science Adventure,” now in its fourth year, inspires kids and families to explore science in a variety of ways:

Science Logs: Every child who signed up for the Summer Reading Program also received a “Science Log.” Their challenge: to complete at least 10 science activities over the summer. Over 430 kids are on pace to reach that goal.    

Preschool Science: Preschool age children dug for live worms, made edible dirt, and explored science in other fun ways during the “Preschool Stories and Science” series. Total attendance for 15 events was nearly 1,200.

Science in the Library: Tabletop science activities in the Children’s Room included magnet puzzles, animal x-rays, and index cards towers, providing engaging opportunities for kids to explore science.

Classes for Kids: Science experts from OMSI, Mad Science, and “The Bug Chicks” presented a series of eight free classes for over 200 elementary school kids.

Gift to the Foundation

Written by Hilly Alexander on .

Al Rogers, author of "Peonies", gave a rather unique gift to the Foundation. He signed over the royalties from his book to the Library Foundation yesterday. The book was published in 1995 and is still in demand. Take a look at it (635.8362 PEONIES in the non-fiction collection). Al is 91 now and regrets not having thought of this sooner. He loves our library and especially appreciates all the help he's gotten from Greg Martin over the years. We are very grateful for this wonderful gift.


Written by Alan Steiger on .

The WPLF was pleased to participate in the 2013 Wilsonville Kiwanis Kid's Fun Run with a booth designed to introduce children to the Wilsonville Library Science Adventure program. Proceeds from the Fun Run were designated to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program we support as well with help from your donations.

The Science Adventure program was started to parallel the Summer Reading program at the Library to further interest children in science through various activities that they and their parents can do from home as well as through programs held at the Library. WPLF Board members were kept busy all morning with "kids" doing many of the various science activities available to them. Just seeing the wonderment and excitement in the children performing the experiments reinforced the decision the WPLF made to fund Science Adventure. It has, and will, pay big dividends to these children, their families and the community in the future.

Just another way the WPLF, and your help, supports the Library and the Wilsonville community.

Gigaflood at McMenamins Old Church

Written by Pat Duke on .

Over 80 people listened attentively as Rich Thompson used photos and maps to talk about the ice age Lake Missoula Floods and their lasting effects on Oregon geography. The Floods occurred periodically over an estimated 2,000 years at the end of the ice age, covered the Portland area with up to 400 feet of water, and propelled ice, rock and mud across eastern Washington and Oregon.

The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation is co-sponsoring Wilsonville History nights at the McMenamins Old Church, collaborating with the Wilsonville Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins. Wilsonville History Nights have featured talks on slavery in Oregon, the legacy of Tom McCall, and the photographs of Ralph Eddy.

Next up, "Abraham Lincoln and the Oregon Country." Don't miss it.

Summertime is for exploring Science

Written by Steven Engelfried, Youth Services Librarian on .

"Science Adventure" continues to be a big part of our summer programs for kids. Several hundred kids will earn a cool science prize by completing at least ten "science explorations" over the summer. Everyone who signs up receives a forty-page Science Guidebook to help with ideas for activities. Weekly prize drawings offer kids a chance to win two free day passes to OMSI, generously donated by the museum. Free science classes for school age kids take place from July 31 through August 8, with sign-ups beginning July 15th. Other summer science components include a week of hands-on activities from Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, "tabletop science" stations in the Children's Room, and a worm farm at the Children's Reference Desk. Our summer of science culminates with a "Science Celebration" presented by Mad Science on August 8th.

Comment from a mother: "I'm so glad you do science. I notice my daughter actually says things like: '...that's because hot air rises,' which is something we learned in Stories and Science program."

Summer Reading Program

Written by Steven Engelfried, Youth Services Librarian on .

Summer Reading off to a great start and the Foundation steps in to broaden its impact.

Summer Reading is off to a great start. Even though it's not strictly a Foundation initiative, we all can celebrate when 1,750 kids sign up to read 20 minutes per day for 20 days over the summer. Programs have been packed as well, with over 900 attending Preschool Stories and Science, Babytime or Toddler Time, or our Thursday Fun Show the first week. It is so important to keep kids reading over the summer so that they don't lose any of the hard won reading gains from the previous school year.

This year, with the Foundation's support, the Library is able to partner with Autumn Park Apartments to provide a summer reading program targeted directly to the low income residents who live in these apartments. We have also purchased a small circulating collection for the kids. We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with the good folks at Autumn Park to work together to positively impact the lives of their residents.