Support us when you shop on Amazon

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation is now registered with Amazon.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charities selected by customers.


When customers sign up for AmazonSmile, they're asked to select
one of over a million charities to support. When you click on our
unique link, you skip this charity selection process. Instead, you're
taken to and are automatically asked if you want to
support Wilsonville Public Library Foundation.
We thank you for thinking of the Library Foundation when you shop.

Where does the money go?

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The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation has had another successful year raising money for the Wilsonville Library in 2016. We thank our donors for their generosity. Here are the highlights of what we funded:

Science Adventure - Science focused Summer Reading Program

  • * 500 science prizes for kids completing 10 science explorations
  • * 300 kids taking summer science classes

Annual cost: $6,700

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) – Early literacy program that provides books for preschoolers.

  • * 710 kids are currently enrolled in Wilsonville and 650 children have graduated from the program over the last 5 years
  • * $25 = 12 free books for 1 year
  • * The Foundation accepted administrative control of DPIL in December.

Annual support: $3,400

Adult Programming – Lectures and seminars on literary and special topics.

  • * Monthly History Night lectures at McMenamin’s Old Church
  • * Literature, language and special topic classes
  • * Monthly Genealogy Club

Annual support: $5,300

Outreach Programs – going beyond the Library’s walls

  • * A Head Start program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where 9 preschoolers get 2 books per month
  • * 75 children at Autumn Park apartment complex who participate in the Summer Reading Program
  • * A monthly Book Club for inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
  • * School Family Nights at the library with free books for kids

Annual cost: $6,600

Heritage Collection – Regional level local history and genealogy collection

Foundation Support continues

Endowment Fund – Investing in the future

  • * Xerox Corp. donated $5,000 to grow our endowment

Thank you for helping the library thrive.

Do you have plans for Valentine's Day?

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Guess who has a birthday on Valentine's Day? The State of Oregon and the Wilsonville Public Library, and probably a few other noteworthy institutions.

The Library Foundation and the Friends of the Wilsonville Library invite you to celebrate the Library's 35th birthday. Please join us for cake and coffee on

Tuesday February 14 starting at 2pm in the Library

Board members from the Foundation and the Friends will be on hand to serve cake until we run out of cake or 4pm, whichever comes first.

Library Foundation Annual Meeting

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I invite you to attend the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation Annual Meeting on

Tuesday January 10, 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

at the Wilsonville Public Library, Rose Room

This is a great opportunity to meet the Board of Directors, look  back on our accomplishments of 2016 and get a preview of the goals and activities for 2017.

Happy Holidays and my best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Hilly Alexander


Wilsonville Public Library Foundation

Ms. Asai says Thank You

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Ms. Mitsui Asai who is 83 gave a great talk on Japanese Internment during WWII at the February History Pub. She included many personal notes from her experience as a young deportee and what it was like being shunned in the Hood River area after the family's return. She sent us the following note:

"Dear Wilsonville Foundation members,
Thank you for the honorarium for my slide presentation yesterday. As one of the founding members of the Friends of the Coos Bay Library in the early 1970's I know what time and energy of many it takes to support our libraries and their dwindling budgets. Libraries are very near and dear to my heart. I appreciate your efforts and recognition of what it takes to give a full library service. I have given many such talks and I seldom receive remuneration except from libraries, as I have in Jackson County, Pt. Orford, Florence, Klamath Falls and Wilsonville! It helps with my gas expenses - and I'm glad I drive a Prius for all the miles I cover.
Thank you again. I was gratified to speak to a full house, who had many good questions to pose."

I believe that this is the first thank you note we've received from a presenter. If you missed the lecture, check out the book "Stubborn Twig: three generations in the life of a Japanese American family".

The Library Foundation is a primary sponsor of the lecture series at McMenamins Old Church. Your donations help us fund this great program.

Does your preschooler get free books?

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Jan Rippey is holding a birthday cake to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Wilsonville. There are currently about 700 Wilsonville kids signed up to receive books once a month until they turn 5 years old. Over the last 4 years nearly 500 kids have graduated from the program. The program was brought to the City  by the Kiwanis Club of Wilsonville. It receives significant funding from Joe Restic of Wilsonville Orthodontics, the Xerox Corporation, the Friends of the Wilsonville Library, and the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation as well as many private individuals throughout the community. There is no minimum age to enroll children in Imagination Library, and kids enrolled will receive one brand new, age appropriate book each month until they turn 5 years old. Kids signed up for the program read more and are more ready to learn when they reach kindergarten. The program is a gift to the community from Wilsonville Kiwanis and its supporters. There is never any cost to any family with children enrolled. To sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, go to