Super Saturday

Come join the library at Jessie Mays Community Center for fun performers and activities for all ages! Events are always a blast and always free. On Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. come meet Brad Clark!

An All-Star lineup of fan favorite Stories & Songs for children and the young at heart! Storytelling (with props, costumes, instruments and volunteers) mixed with music (lots of activity and fun; like “games-that-you-sing”). Designed for the whole family and fun for all ages!

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Art of the Story

You are invited to attend this year’s Art of the Story event on Friday April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at North Plains Elementary.

Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His instructions were received from his immediate family and community and from extended family in every part of the world. He has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each draw from the richness of our individual heritages.
His role in life is to entertain, educate, engage, and empower the minds of both youth and adults in the North American Indian cultural arts and history of Native Americans. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Kevin Locke will perform “Love Stories” at 6:30 p.m.

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Tax Help Available Now!

Once again AARP will provide free tax service at the North Plains Senior Center on Thursdays from 9:00 to 5:00 beginning February 2nd. Appointments are being taken now, so call the Center and get your name on the list: 503-647-5666. Remember, when you come in to have your taxes done, be sure to bring all W-2s, 1099s, the previous year’s tax return, your social security card and photo ID.

The WCCLS tax help page has been updated for the 2016 tax year. You’ll find it at

Our Library once again will be a place to pick up commonly used tax forms.

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March Quilt Display

The quilt on display above the checkout desk throughout the month of March and April was created by Barbara Summey, our library volunteer who conducts Storytimes on the second Wednesday of each month.

In this quilt, Barbara honors children’s author Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. Annually, on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, there is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books.

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Trivia Challenge

Join us in April for a Trivia Challenge~Jeopardy style. If we can get sufficient teams we will run the trivia challenge in the library. Stay tuned for the date and time. Are you up for the challenge?

Contact the library at 503 647-5051 for information.

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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. As we witness unrest across our nation following this month’s historic national election, and learn about acts of violence, discrimination and bigotry in our communities, 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.

Book Club Announces 2017 Reading List

Our North Plains Book Club invites everyone to join in their monthly discussions. They meet at 7 pm the last Wednesday of every month at the North Plains Library. Books chosen to read and discuss in 2017 are the following:

    February 22, 2017 – The Tiger’s Wife: a Novel – Téa Obreht

    March 29, 2017 – Elephant Company – Vicki Croke

    April 26, 2017 – Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Patton

    May 31, 2017 – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra

    June 28, 2017 – Last Bus to Wisdom – Ivan Doig

    July 26, 2017 – Dead Wake, The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Eric Larson

    August 30, 2017 – Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf

    September 27, 2017 – The Glass Universe – Dava Sobel

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

    November 29, 2017 – The Underground Railroad: a novel – Colson Whitehead

    December 27, 2017 – The Perfect Horse – Elizabeth Letts

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