Christmas Past display at the library

Christmas Past exhibitPlease make an extra effort to view the library’s lobby display case December 18 through December 24 to see a special exhibit, Christmas Past, compiled by Friends volunteer Kay Kendall in collaboration with the library staff and other Friends volunteers.

The project began in late 2015 when a copy of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster was donated to the library.  Inscribed by a father to his daughter for Christmas 1916, the inscription was 100 years old in 2016. To collect one book inscribed at Christmas each year of the century between 1916 and 2016 would be a nifty trick!

Word went out to Friends volunteers to watch for Christmas inscriptions; book by book over the following two years, the inscribed copies were set aside.  The Tualatin Library staff contributed many hours of time, expertise, and encouragement as the project developed. To date, approximately 45 books have found their way to the Christmas inscription collection.

The display features many of the collection’s antiquarian and vintage books, as well as their inscriptions. Pictured here is the book with the oldest inscription, a copy of A Child’s History of England and Christmas Books by Charles Dickens. The inscription is dated 1888.

Last minute gifts @ the library

Holiday ongoing book saleLooking for holiday stocking stuffers? The Friends of Tualatin Library is offering a selection of last minute gifts that will be featured from December 15 through Christmas in our ongoing book sale. This is an opportunity to pick up “like new” gifts for $3.00 or less. We have an assortment of books and media for all ages. Our sale books are on the shelves just inside the library’s front door.  The inventory changes daily, so it pays to check back often.

A Thank You to Umpqua Bank

Umpqua BankWe want to thank Umpqua Bank and its employees Samantha, Logan, and Anna for their support at our recent semi-annual book sales. Umpqua Bank is committed to community service and encourages staff to volunteer up to 40 hours each year (paid!) with nonprofit organizations in communities where the bank does business.

Umpqua explains its community service philosophy on its website:
Here at Umpqua, investing is who we are, what we are, and why we are—but we’re not talking about your money. We’re talking about shaping our neighborhoods and engaging with our neighbors through community giving and community action. 

During the past year Umpqua Bank donated more than 50,000 hours to the community through the Connect Volunteer Network. Umpqua also makes financial donations to nonprofits through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.

Two Spirit Jazz to perform at the Tualatin Library

Two Spirit JazzOn Sunday, December 10th Two Spirit Jazz will perform as a duo with Suzanne Callaway on Vocals/Guitar and Theresa Riccardi on Drums. The group’s repertoire comes from the Great American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues. Vocalist Suzanne Callaway is also a composer and often includes some of her originals at performances. You can learn more about Two Spirit Jazz and sample their music on their website.

The duo will perform around the hearth starting at 2 pm. A Friends of Tualatin Library donation supports this performance as part of the library’s Sunday Music Series.