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Cook Memorial Library offers slew of activities

Events in March at the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande include a teen Video Game Tournament and a Spring Tea & Film for adults.

Every week are Baby Tot Bop for ages 0-3 on Tuesday and Children’s Storytime with stories, songs and crafts on Thursday; both start at 11:15 am. There won’t be Storytime during Spring Break on March 27. 

Teen activities in March include book club, crafts, a video game tournament and movie night. Book clubs are reading “The Devil’s Paintbox” by Victoria McKernan, Robert Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers” and “Half-Blood” by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 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, is reading “Moloka’i” by Alan
Brennert, set in late-19th-century Hawai’i, in which a young daydreamer’s experiences of family, love and friendship are permanently altered when she contracts leprosy and is quarantined on Moloka’i. Copies of the book are available at the library or through the Sage catalog. Page Turners meet the second Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. New members are always welcome.

Our Third Wednesday Roundhouse Reading Series continues March 19 at 7 p.m. at Joe Beans, 1009 Adams Ave. Poet David Axelrod will start off the evening with a reading from his new book “Folly,” and an open mic will follow. The Roundhouse Reading Series is sponsored by the Union County Cultural Coalition, Blue Mountain Writers, Cook Memorial Library and LEO (Libraries of Eastern Oregon). 

Adults are invited to a Spring Tea & Film at 4 p.m. March 22 in the Community Room. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Best Hat Contest, enjoy tea and treats and view the 1992 Miramax film “Enchanted April.” No registration is required. All are asked to bring a treat to share.

New fiction includes Vaddey Ratner’s “In the Shadow of the Banyan” (set during the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, a young girl clings to the myths and poems told by her father); “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow (an exploration of memory and truth as revealed by one man’s recollection of his life); and “Kalimpura,” the final installation in the Green fantasy trilogy by Jay Lake.

New non-fiction titles include “How Animals Grieve” by Barbara J. King (an anthropologist brings light to the behavior of various animals responding to loss); “Learning Japanese Kanji” by Glen Nolan Grant (presenting 520 characters and with interactive software); and “Visit Sunny Chernobyl” by Andrew Blackwell (a humorous but genuine exploration of the most polluted places on Earth).

For more information on activities and news, go to the library’s Facebook page and www.cityoflagrande.org/library. 

Community members are asked visit the website to complete a library services survey assessing patron needs, library use and satisfaction.

Rose Peacock is a library technician at Cook Memorial Library.

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