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Cover Oregon – Healthcare for All Oregonians
Oregonians are now able to compare and enroll in health and dental coverage that fits their needs and to access financial help to pay for that coverage. Literature about Cover Oregon is available at the North Plains Public Library, and staff member Donna Medica will give free public presentations and question/answer sessions about this topic as follows:
• Saturday Dec 7 – 10:30 a.m. Presentation at Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Portland
• Tuesday Dec 10 – 5:30 p.m. Presentation at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street, Beaverton
• Thursday Dec 12 – 6:30 p.m. Presentation at Century High School, 2000 SE Century Blvd, Hillsboro
• Wednesday Dec 18 – 7:00 p.m. Presentation at Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro
• Saturday Dec 28 – 1–3 p.m. Q & A Session at Forest Grove Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove
Holiday Craft Faire
Do a little holiday shopping and support the North Plains Public Library at the same time! The annual Craft Faire will be held in the Library from December 2-24.
Proceeds will be used to purchase new books.
Wizard of Oz Tree
This year’s Library holiday tree is upside down and rotates, just as if a tornado were still spinning it. Farm animals, barns, and tractors whirl around as tree ornaments. Next to the tree, the Wicked Witch of the East lies under the house that the tornado deposited in the Library.
This marvelous Wizard of Oz Tree was graciously donated by MetroWest Ambulance and will be on display throughout the month of December.
Friends of the Library Meeting
New members are welcome to attend.
Children ages 0-6 are invited to participate every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the children’s section of the Library.
-December 11 Storytime with Children’s Librarian Kay: Clothing
-December 18 Special Guest Storytime: Santa Claus Visits the Library!
-December 25 Holiday – no Storytime
Quilt Display for December
The December quilt on exhibit will be ‘Twas the Night by AnnMarie Cowley of Hillsboro, a member of the Westside Quilters Guild.
Lego Bricks Drive
Donations of LEGOS, both small- and large-sized, are being collected in the box located near the Library entry door. Upcoming Lego events will be planned and published as soon as there are enough materials.
Cross Stitch Artwork on Exhibit
Local resident Carolyn Leavitt’s original cross stitch pieces will be featured throughout the month of December.
Library Board Meeting
The December Library Board meeting has been CANCELLED. The next meeting of the Library Board will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, at the Library.
The public is welcome to attend and the agenda will be available a week prior to the meeting.
Library Book Club
On Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m., the group will discuss Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. As a neurosurgeon, the author believed that near-death-experiences were simply fantasies of brains under stress. Then, he contracted a rare illness that put him in a coma, and during that time, he encountered his own NDE. He miraculously recovered, and this book recounts his story.
Anyone interested in joining our Book Club is invited to attend.
First graders and up may practice their reading skills with Taylor, a registered Pet Partners dog.
This program takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from 3-5 p.m. Reservations are required. Sign up for a 20-minute time slot by calling the Library at 503-647-5051.
Library Closures – Christmas and New Years
The Library will close at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 and will remain closed on Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Day.
The Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31 and will remain closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
Members of the Friends of the Library are collecting donations of small-bubble-sized bubble-wrap. Please bring your clean bubble-wrap donations (no tape attached to it) to the Jessie Mays Community Hall and put it through the slot to the right of the door to the annex.
Save the Date for Oregon Reads 2014
The 2014 centennial of the birth of one of Oregon’s greatest poets has been declared a statewide celebration by the Oregon Heritage Commission. The poet, William Stafford, served as poet laureate of Oregon for 14 years and published more than 60 collections of poetry and prose. Stafford moved to Oregon from his native Kansas in 1948 and settled with his family in Lake Oswego. He taught for more than 30 years at Lewis and Clark College which now houses his archives. Stafford won many prestigious literary awards, including the National Book Award. He was Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress (a post now called the US Poet Laureate) in 1970. The Oregon Library Association has selected Stafford as its featured author for the Oregon Reads program in 2014, and libraries statewide will be sponsoring programs that celebrate Stafford and his works.
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 17. William Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford, a celebrated poet and essayist in his own right, will be in North Plains for a wine, cheese, and literary event in honor of his father, who would have turned 100 on this day. Brian Doyle, author of Mink River, will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.
The Kick-Off Event featuring the book, Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron will take place on Saturday, February 1.
Sam Munyandamutsa of the Pacific Northwest Rwandan Association will provide Rwandan food and share his story. Other events throughout the month of February will feature a children’s African dance troupe, an African music concert and lecture, a special movie night, and a book discussion.
Our 2014 raffle quilt has recently been donated by the Westside Quilters Guild and is on display inside the Library. Tickets to win this gorgeous work of art are being sold at the checkout desk for $1 each or 6 for $5.
The drawing will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Jessie Mays Community Hall during Summer Fest & Garlic Out West.
Many Thanks to North Plains RV and Self Storage
The Friends of the Library have been given a free storage unit to house books between sales events. Friends members, city staff, and library staff are very grateful for this donation. We applaud the corporate support shown by owner Jeff Jensen and manager of operations, John Eisenbarth.