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.

Buy a brick for a loved one

Written by Pat Duke and Hilly Alexander on .

Perhaps you’ve noticed the commemorative bricks by the Library’s entrance.

We think it’s a great way to honor a family member or friend or show your appreciation for the Library. It also presents an interesting challenge to come up with just the right thing to say when you only have 3 lines of no more than 18 characters including spaces. Here are some examples:

Reading Expands
the Field of Vision
Of the Soul JETujo

In Memory of
Patricia K. Swan
A Life Well Read

Love Your Library
Hug A Book!

Once you order a brick for $100 it takes about 6-8 weeks until the plaque is ready for installation. Since we started this program the Foundation has raised $16,000 for the Library. Contact us if you’d like more information.



Genealogists Find Support and Success at the Wilsonville Library

Written by Malia Laughton on .

Wilsonville Public Library has hosted a growing and increasingly popular genealogy club during the past year. The free club is open to both inexperienced and experienced genealogists, and focuses on introducing participants to new tools and research tips to aid in family research. Previous meeting topics have included library resources and databases, genealogy for beginners, useful genealogy websites, immigration and passenger list research, common genealogical abbreviations, and evaluation of software for Macintosh and PC.

Club meetings are held in the library at 1pm on the third Monday of each month, and are open to all. At each meeting, participants are introduced to genealogy tools and topics, with open discussion following. Participants are encouraged to bring any general or specific genealogy questions to the attention of the Club during this time.

For more information, please contact Malia Laughton at 503-682-2744, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wilsonville Library Genealogy Club
1:00 – 2:30pm
3rd Monday of each month


Written by Hilly Alexander and Mary Pettenger on .

2013 Board of Directors

We have been Wilsonville Library Foundation board directors for about 5 years now and are excited about launching this blog. It gives us the opportunity to tell people about the great work the Foundation does, sort of behind the scenes, to help the Library thrive. We'll update you on how many kids attend Science Adventure programs this summer and we'll tell you about new opportunities the Library is pursuing with our financial help. Our friends know that we love to talk about our great Library. So, let us know if you have questions or suggestions. Use “Contact Us” to send us an email or talk to me (Hilly) at the Library.