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

Colorful Art in January

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Our January Artist of the Month is local artist Rinse de Koning. Rinse's work can be seen on the Art Wall next to the New Books shelves.

About the artist:

Rinse Jan de Koning was born in The Hague, The Netherlands (also known as Holland) in 1941. He was educated through the Montessori system and then attended the College of Hotel-Restaurant Management there. He emigrated to the United States in 1965 and first made his home in San Diego, California.

After spending his working years as an Executive Chef and Restaurant Owner in San Diego and in Colorado, he retired to Oregon to be closer to family.

When an opportunity arose to move back to Holland for a couple of years and study visual arts, he took it. He had painted off and on through the years and was always attracted to the arts. After staying there for seven years, he returned to Oregon where he paints and builds on his every-growing collection.

His images focus on the colors, the shapes and the emotions -- they are not abstract, but a combination of "natural" and "impression." A painting is a world of color and peace with a composition that is uncomplicated but forceful through his choice of color, where it enters a hypnotic paradise -- a story of its own.

Thank You OrePac & Xerox

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OrePac Building Product's recent donation of $5,000 for technology improvements and Xerox's donation of $5,000 for the endowment fund will help the library thrive.

The continued support from these local businesses of the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation makes a heartfelt and positive impact on our community.


Have you read "All the Light We Cannot See"?

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This novel by Anthony Doerr was the selection for the 2015 Lake Oswego Reads program. Local artists created works themed on the book. You can see their interpretations on the Wilsonville Public Library's art wall during the month of November.


June Artist at the Library

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Our June Artist of the Month is local photographer Michael Strubel. Michael's work can be seen on the Art Wall next to the New Books shelves.

Here he is in his own words:

I began taking pictures in the 60’s in Vietnam. I was drawn to the people, how their faces reflected their hearts. Though it was too painful for me to keep those photos I did keep a fascination with seeing and saving the beauty of the world and its people.

Landscapes and people are my current focus. Traveling to far places and seeking out the perfect moment when the light shows nature at its most vibrant fascinates me. It also excites me to capture the emotions of people from cultures very different from ours. Their eyes, their smiles, their joy in the simple pleasures of life speak to me of the universal human connection.

Through my lens I am enthralled with the world. My camera enables me to capture some of the small miracles life on this planet offers us and to hopefully enhance others’ appreciation of them.

20% of art sales benefit the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation.