Summer reading starts May 31st

Summer reading starts May 31stThe Tualatin Library’s 2015 summer reading program will start this year with a kickoff party on Sunday, May 31st, 2 pm to 4 pm. Kids can play carnival games, watch a magic show, get a balloon creation, and, of course, sign up for the Summer Reading Club and get a free book! This year’s theme is “Every Hero has a Story.”

Teens have their own program with prizes for reading at least 20 hours over the summer. There will be a variety of teen programs at the library including a Top Chef Competition, Comic Workshop, Retro Game Day, and more.

Participants in this year’s adult reading program will receive a voucher for one free item from the Friends used book sale shelf in the library. Adults will also be entered in a drawing for a grand prize gift basket with goodies from local merchants.

Forms for entering the kid, teen, and adult summer reading programs are available at the library. The library is challenging the Tualatin community to read at least 2.5 million minutes this year. Please join and help us reach that goal.

The Friends donated more than $9000 to the library this year for books and programming for the Summer Reading Program. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Friends of the Library outstanding volunteers

Donald and SonyaTwo members of the Friends of Tualatin Library Board were honored as Outstanding Volunteers at the annual City of Tualatin volunteer appreciation event on April 9th.

Sonya Ambuehl has been a library volunteer for more than five years, processing check-ins and holds. She serves on two City committees: the Tualatin Library Advisory Committee and the City Facilities Task Force. Sonya has also been a dedicated volunteer at Friends booksales and serves on the Friends Board of Directors.

Donald Swygard volunteers in the library three days a week as a tutor to kids from K-12. In addition, he spends his Fridays supporting the Friends bookselling efforts as a shipper of our Amazon sales and replenisher of our ongoing booksale in the library. When it’s time for our semi-annual booksales, Donald helps retrieve boxes of books from our storage location before the sale and returns the empties at the end. Donald also serves on our Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Sonya and Donald and to the other volunteers honored at the volunteer appreciation event.

Art of the Story Festival: April 11 – 18

Art of the Story FestivalThere will be 17 storytelling performances this year in the 11th annual WCCLS Art of the Story Festival. The events will take place at various venues including two in Tualatin:

  • Chetter Galloway will perform “A Tale of a Few Tricksters” at the Tualatin Heritage Center on Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm.
  • Kuniko Yamamoto will tell the story “Six Steps to Become a Wise Man” on Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm in the library Community Room.

Performers in this year’s festival include both local and national storytellers – Judith Black, Sam Payne, Kuniko Yamamoto, Chetter Galloway, and performers from Portland’s Brody Theater company.

On the evening of April 18, the Sherwood Public Library hosts the final storytelling concert at the new Sherwood Cultural Arts Community Center, featuring performances by all four storytellers and the Brody Theater ensemble. A reception precedes the concert offering a no-host bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

All Art of the Story Festival events are free and open to the public thanks, in part, to a donation by Friends of the Tualatin Library. Most events, including the two in Tualatin, are suitable for adults and kids ages 6+. You can find a complete schedule with times and locations on the WCCLS website.