It's time for our final What the Book? contest of the summer! Submit a title for the book below. If your title gets the most votes from readers next week, you could win a prize!
Last week we asked you which science fiction author took inspiration from the ecosystem of coastal Oregon?
The answer? Frank Herbert!
It's true! In the 1950s, the sand dunes of coastal Oregon were an ecological menance. Pushed by steady winds, they could move up to twenty feet per year and cause as much property damage as a tidal wave. These "moving sands" inspired Herbert to imagine a faraway planet consumed by sand, the planet Arrakis from his novel Dune. Learn more>>
Sherwood Public Library
Sherwood Public Library exterior
Sherwood Public Library interior
Sherwood Public Library is the southernmost library in Washington County, located in charming Old Town Sherwood. Their mission is to inspire discovery, enrich lives and build community through equitable access to life-long learning. The library began in 1935 as a dedicated shelf of books in the local drugstore. The current location, opened in 2005, offers a collection of more than 50,000 items – including a new Library of Things – and 600+ programs per year. The library is proud to be a strong contributor to what makes Sherwood a vibrant community.
Photos by Jenny Swanson
"Set in 1930’s Appalachia, a pack horse librarian known as “Bluet” for the color of her skin is tasked with delivering books to the people of the hollers—a very poor and isolated community. Recommended for those who love well developed, character-based stories and social justice themes." -Becky G., Sherwood Public Library
"This book is comprised of the contact sheets containing entire rolls from some of the most iconic photo shoots in hip-hop. Each photographer shares their memories of the shoot, along with the shots that didn’t make the final cut. Presented in chronological order, Contact High chronicles the hip-hop industry from 1980-2012 through the lens of a camera." -Adam L., Sherwood Public Library
"A light, fun read. Happily predictable and full of lovable, funny characters that I enjoyed spending time with. The story centers around a woman who ends up going on her twin sister’s honeymoon trip with the best man whom she is not on the best of terms with. You might guess what happens next, but it's still a very worthy read." -Becky G., Sherwood Public Library
Are you curious about discovering your ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Join volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Washington County (GSWCO) for a hands-on introduction to navigating the library's genealogy resources, including Ancestry.com. To register call (503) 625-6688 or email askusSPL@wccls.org.
Learn to play the ukulele in an hour! Folk duo Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, aka The Ukalaliens, will teach you how to play using a fun, simple method designed for adults who are absolute beginners. A limited number of ukuleles will be provided, or bring your own. Ages 16+. To register call (503) 625-6688 or email askusSPL@wccls.org.
Every song tells a story. Song Exploder is a podcast that gives listeners a peek into the creative songwriting process by asking musicians to take apart one of their songs and describe how it was made, piece by piece. Listen>>
Congratulations to Lynne L. at Bethany Library! Lynne won this week's prize drawing* that includes a WCCLS Reads book bag, a $25 Powell's gift card, and two tickets to an upcoming Literary Arts event!
*Every week through the end of August we will randomly draw a name from the list of people who sign up for adult summer reading. Even if you unsubscribe from the WCCLS Reads newsletter, you will remain eligible. Library staff, library board members, and their immediate families are not eligible for prize drawings.
This newsletter was handcrafted by Kaitlyn, PJ, and the staff at your local library.