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OFF THE SHELF: Busy month unfolds in April at library

Library events in April include a book art workshop, Paws for Books and the Easter Egg Book Scavenger Hunt. 

Our next book art workshop for adults is at 3 p.m. April 8. Participants will learn how to make rolled paper flowers from old book pages. Call or come by to sign up for this free workshop; registration is required. 

April children’s events include an Easter egg book scavenger hunt and Paws for Books. Sign-ups for the scavenger hunt are the first week of April only. Participants will receive instructions upon signing up. Completed entries will be entered into a drawing for an Easter basket held April 18. 

How would you like to read to a dog? Come to Paws for Books at 11 a.m. April 19, when children may read to dogs from the Therapy Paws group.

Our first teen video game tournament on March 12 was a great success. Many thanks to Domino’s Pizza for their donations. Teen book clubs meet April 12. iCraft participants will create magazine art at 3 p.m. April 19. Teen movie night is at 6 p.m. April 25. For more information about these events, contact Celine at 541-962-1339. Teen programming is funded by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. 

The adult book club, Page Turners, meets at 1 p.m. April 8 in the Archives Room to discuss Amy Tan’s “The Valley of Amazement,” which explores the lives of three generations of women from the California frontier to the courtesan houses of Shanghai. Copies of the book are available at the library or through the Sage catalog. New members are always welcome.

Roundhouse series 

Our Third Wednesday Roundhouse Reading series continues with Scott Elliott, an associate professor of creative writing and English at Whitman College, who will read from his new novel, “Temple Grove,” at 7 p.m. April 16 at Joe Beans. A Seattle Times review lauds “Temple Grove” for its “meticulously crafted plot [which] layers suspense with Greek myth, native legend and personal back stories to create an existentialist puzzle. He offers nuanced observations of character, family and society, lightly seasoned with a Pacific Northwest brand of magical realism.” 

The Roundhouse Reading Series is sponsored by the Union County Cultural Coalition, Blue Mountain Writers, Cook Memorial Library and LEO (Libraries of Eastern Oregon). 

New fiction includes the story collection “Hard Ground: Woods Cop Stories” by Joseph Heywood, featuring the law enforcement of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; R. A. Salvatore’s latest Companions fantasy novel, “Night of the Hunter”; and “The Aftermath” by Rhidian Brook, set in post-World War II Hamburg, where two families grieve and rebuild their lives together. 

New non-fiction titles include “Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World,” by Tom Zoellner, an exploration of the effect of trains and train travel; “Stylish Weddings” by Jenny Doh, presenting do-it-yourself crafts and projects; and “The Hidden Life of Wolves,” with photographs by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, who spent years living near the  wolves in Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness. 

Rose Peacock is a library technician at Cook Memorial Library.


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