OBOB Book Club

Are you a 3rd- 8th grader that is reading the 2017-2018 OBOB books? Then come to our weekly OBOB book club on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm beginning in October 2017!
Emily West, a teacher and NP community member, will guide the book club as we brainstorm and discuss the characters and plot of many of the OBOB books. Each week, our group will create a story board that will then be displayed in the library for all of our North Plains Library kids to see. We hope that the story boards we create together, will encourage other kids to read these amazing books!

Check out the reading schedule!

Oregon Military History Book Talk and Lecture

October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the library.
Oregon’s military heritage goes back thousands of years with native warrior traditions. From 1847 to 1880 Army and volunteers units engaged Oregon’s native peoples in eight major conflicts. The Army built several forts from Oregon’s coast to the Snake River. The Oregon Militia was first created in 1843 and this led to creation of the Oregon National Guard in 1887. As the Pacific Northwest’s well-trained National Guard unit, the 41st Infantry Division served commendably from 1941 to 1945. Oregonians served heroically in Korea and Vietnam. Recently Oregon Army and Air National Guard units have been serving in Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. All are welcome.
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International Movie Night

October 26, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Abbey Creek Winery
“GLORY”– Bulgarian with English subtitles.
Color : 105 minutes running time. Ages 21 and over.
Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. This starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for wine tasting, the feature starts at 7:00 p.m.
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Culinary Literacy Series-Spices 101

This second presentation of the North Plains Public Library’s Culinary Literacy Series will be Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Join Savory Spice Shop owners, Jim and Anne Brown for a fascinating overview of the world of culinary spices. Spices 101! presentation will start with a brief history and geography of the spice world, then move to the major spice categories and their usage in different cuisines. The presentation will be peppered with lots of interactive discussion about recipes and cooking spices. Learn how to make quick, easy meals SUPER TASTY! Free samples!

Library Book Club

Wednesday, October 25, 2017When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

New patrons are always welcome to join our book discussions.

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We Welcome All Community Members


The North Plains Public Library reaffirms that we welcome and serve every member of our community. We remind everyone that public libraries are a refuge and a place of common ground. We welcome and include all people, and want every member of our community to feel safe and comfortable using our spaces and resources. We expect that library users will show each other the same respect.

As the American Library Association President, Julie Todaro, wrote, “Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

The libraries of Washington County encourage you to use our libraries for education, entertainment and enlightenment. We continue to welcome everyone into our libraries, our shared community gathering spaces.