The Foundation is Proud to Support the 2017 Summer Reading Program
Thanks to our generous corporate donor, Kumon Learning Center of West Linn, the Foundation is again able to provide many of the prizes for this year's Summer Reading Program. Thanks again to the fantastic fundraising efforts by the Friends of the West Linn Library, this summer’s reading program may just be the best yet. Among the prizes for top contenders are gift cards, OMSI and Oregon Zoo memberships and a pet Dinosaur too!
Be sure to sign up your young patron for the Summer Reading Program today!
The Foundation Lent Its Support to Local Inaugerial Cop Card Program
This Spring, the Foundation proudly sponsored West Linn's first ever Cop Card Program, a novel partnership between the City of West Linn Police Department and the Chamber of Commerce. Beginning on April 6, thousands of trading cards sporting images of local officers were placed at local businesses and community centers, including the West Linn Library. Children were charged with collecting as many cards in advance of the May 6 celebration at the Police Department headquarters. The program was a great success and offered a unique opportunity for building a strong sense of community between local law enforcement and our youth.
Satellite Book Drop Initiative:
The Foundation and Pacific West Bank unveiled a new book drop box in the Willamette neighborhood.
On January 27, the West Linn community proudly unveiled a new book drop box in the Willamette neighborhood, right in front of the Pacific West Bank in the Willamette Marketplace Shopping Center. Thanks to the West Linn Library Foundation and Pacific West Bank, library patrons who live in or travel in that part of the City have yet another convenient option for returning library items.
A ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the official unveiling of the book drop. Library Foundation members, Pacific West Bank officers, and the Library Director along side library staff and members of the City Council were among those in attendance at the event. Two avid young library users, Eva and Owen Lee, and Councilor Cummings, made the inaugural book returns for the crowd.
This book drop is the second remote book drop in West Linn. The first is located just outside of the Adult Community Center on Rosemont Road.
Misinformation and Political Propaganda:
An Interactive Media Workshop in the Facebook Era
What can we do as citizens to ensure that the information we receive from our social networking and other potentially politicized sources is, in fact, true?
On April 30, the Library and Foundation proudly sponsored an event that addressed just this question.
Donna Cohen, a former teacher with a masters in library science, led her acclaimed interactive community workshop: Misinformation and Political Propaganda. This non-partisan workshop helped participants become better fact checkers in our increasingly heated political climate: a critical skill in an era when the majority of Americans access their news from social media feeds, which may be riddled with half-truths, spin and flat out fiction. Using real world examples, Cohen taught participants to distinguish truth from fiction with critical thinking strategies. Click here for The Oregonian's review of Cohen's workshop.
Latest Satellite Book Drop Unveiled in the Robinwood Neighborhood
Thanks to the Library Foundation and our partner, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, returning library materials just got even easier! On June 22, the third satellite book drop was officially unveiled at the Park and Ride Lot at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at 19200 Willamette Drive (Route 43). Reverend Kelly Boubel Shriver, the Church's Pastor, and the Foundation's Chair, Melinda Robinson, welcomed the friendly crowd. Rosalie Anderson and Eva and Owen Lee dropped the very first books in the book drop after enjoying a visit with Otto, the Library's official canine mascot. Stay tuned in the coming months for developments on the Foundation's next book drop.
The West Linn Public Library seeks to enhance and diversify our children’s collection by adding a Chinese language book collection. Friends, we need your help!!
The ability to communicate in more than one language is a valued and necessary tool in our world. As many of you know, West Linn students in all of our public elementary schools take part in a World Language Curriculum. Students - Kindergarten through Grade Five - are learning Spanish or Mandarin throughout the school year.
The West Linn Library Foundation provides funding for additional resources, programs and services that elevate our library system to a new level of excellence. The Foundation funds important enhancements to the Library, such as added resources and programs for families, seniors, and those with special needs.
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In its ongoing effort to support West Linn's students at every level of their schooling, the Library seeks to increase its collection of foreign language books for our youngest patrons. Currently the only foreign language titles offered for children are in Spanish. What is missing is a much needed collection of Mandarin books for our preschoolers and elementary school age learners.
Working in concert with the School District's and other local Mandarin teachers, the Library plans to build a collection comprised of beginning books for students in preschool through second grade with titles in simplified and traditional text, as well as intermediate titles for older elementary students. A collection like this requires investment and that's where you can help. Our ultimate goal is to raise $2,000 for this collection. Any donation - even just $5 - will get us to our goal. Please help us enhance the resources for our youngest patrons. Click here, to donate today! Thank you!
The Foundation is Proud to Sponsor Book Drops for Elementary Students throughout West Linn's Public Schools
As a part of its efforts to make returning books even easier in West Linn, the Foundation has proudly purchased the book crates for each one of the elementary schools in West Linn. These crates provide yet another place for our young patrons and primary school educators to return their West Linn Library Books.
Rest assured that all items "returned" via our elementary school book crates will be backdated, so please encourage your child to use these crates today! Please ask your child's elementary school library staff for more information.
Pictured on the right are Celeste and Sharon, Library staff at Stafford Elementary.