Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Moving Over to Wordpress

Find this blog at Wordpress now: http://www.lakeozficchick.wordpress.com

Lake Oswego Writer's Group -- Update

We are splitting the large group (a lot of people showed up for our initial meeting!) into smaller interest groups.

The time will always be 6-8 p.m.

And here is the schedule:

2nd Thursday – Fiction
3rd Thursday – Nonfiction
4th Thursday – Poetry

5th Thursday – General

Note that the writer’s group will not meet at the library on the 1st Thursday of each month– the room is otherwise scheduled.

Questions? Call library liaison Kiera K. Taylor, 503-697-6581. Or email: ktaylor@ci.oswego.or.us

(photo credit to Stewf)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Group for Writers in Lake Oz

The Lake Oswego Writer's Group will be meeting every month on the second Thursday evening to encourage and support the art of the written word. Our first meeting at the Lake Oswego Public Library will be Thursday, September 13, 6-8 p. m.

All writers are welcome!

(the pic? Thank you, Anjuli, for making this a Creative Commons pic on Flickr!)

New Book Group: Other Worlds

Do you enjoy reading and discussing science fiction and fantasy? You may be interested in joining our Other Worlds Book Club!

It's a science fiction and fantasy book club that focuses on recent novels nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Join us for our first meeting, Thursday, July 5, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
We’ll discuss Jack McDevitt’s Seeker, which won the 2007 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

(August’s selection will be Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke)

There is no charge to participate, and no need to register. For more information, contact Kiera K. Taylor at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034, 503-697-6581, ktaylor@ci.oswego.or.us

(the photo is a Creative Commons Flickr pic by Andreas Reinhold)

Staff Artwork on Display

Check out our current art display at the Lake Oswego Public Library -- it's all been created by members of our staff!

Don't wait too long -- we'll take down the display at the end of July!

(the pic? A Creative Commons Flickr photo from 楊曼妮的閒晃世界Mani Yang)

Staff and Patron Picks Newsletter

Are you a patron of the Lake Oswego Public Library? If you are, you are welcome to submit short book reviews (80-150 words is best) to be considered for publication in our Staff and Patron Picks Newsletter. Just send reviews to our Adult Services Librarian: ktaylor@ci.oswego.or.us

You're not interested in reviewing, but you'd like to receive the newsletter via email? Here's the place to sign up.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Summer Reading! Why Not You?

I am soooo remiss in not mentioning this sooner.

Yes, our Adult Summer Reading program started June 1. Come sign up. For every book you read, you fill out a ticket. There's a drawing every week for chocolates and gift certificates to Powells Books. The Grand Prize is a stay at the coast.

What' s not to like? And you're reading anyway this summer, right?!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Chunkster Book Display

Inspired by The Chunkster Challenge, your favorite library currently features a display of Chunksters, books of 400 pages or more.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Families on Display

"Happy families are all alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its’ own way" ~Leo Tolstoy

Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему

Right now we have family-related fiction on display at your local library.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: Wow

Just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. A great book, very satisfying. Your mileage may vary (I've heard the book called predictable and even sappy -- hrumph!), but I plan to buy more copies for the library and recommend it non-stop.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Worst Book Covers of 2006?

Crime Novel: Beautiful Lies

Cinnamon Milk Shake

I am re-reading The Shadow of the Wind so that I can do a creditable job leading a couple of our scheduled discussions. I'm less than a third of the way through, and already Ruiz Zafon has mentioned cinnamon three times. I like this in a writer.

Here is a down-home recipe for a cinnamon milk shake, like the one Daniel drinks when he and his father join Gustavo Barcelo at the cafe Els Quatre Gats on page 13. If you're more of a gourmand, you might try this recipe for an even fancier cinnamon milkshake, created by the fine folks at the Pazzo Gelato Restaurant in Silverlake, California. Or, here's a tip, just pick up an "all-milk" Chai Latte at Starbucks. Did we mention that Starbucks is a gracious co-sponsor of our book discussions? And they'll be giving us free treats. If you would like to register for a space in one of the discussions, call 503-534-5665. Leave a message, please, if no one answers.


Friday, January 12, 2007

The Ides of January: Fiction-Related Displays

FWIW, here's what's new at your local library in fiction-related book displays:

Tough Guys -- books with 'manly' protagonists...for example, pretty much every Western novel, books by Robert B. Parker, Andrew Vachss, Joseph Wambaugh, etc.

Spain: a Land of Many Faces -- books set in or somehow connected with you-know-where (yes, this is a tie-in to our Lake Oswego Reads The Shadow of the Wind extravaganza)


Taylor Made -- books by authors with the last name Taylor :-)

-- featuring especially the books of the English novelist Elizabeth Taylor.

Elizabeth Taylor (née Coles; July 3, 1912November 19, 1975) was a popular English novelist and short story writer. Elizabeth Coles was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1912. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading, and worked as a governess, as a tutor and as a librarian. Read more about Elizabeth Taylor at Wikipedia.

Here's a notable quotation from Elizabeth Taylor:

'The whole point is that writing has a pattern and life hasn't. Life is so untidy. Art is so short and life so long. It is not possible to have perfection in life but it is possible to have perfection in a novel.'

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lake Oswego Reads The Shadow of the Wind

We've started handing out free copies of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you have a LINAS library card, you are eligible to receive a free copy. By the time you read this, we may still have some copies left. Come by our library's circulation desk and find out.

If you miss getting a free copy (purchased by our wonderful Friends, by the way), fear not. We purchased quite a few copies of this novel for the library; give us a call (503-697-6581) and we'll be happy to place a hold on one for you so you can borrow it from us.

Once you've read the book, register for one of our book discussions by calling 503-534-5665.

(Lake Oswego Reads graphic created by Scott Symer; photo credit for Barcelona photo to amateur_photo_bore)

Your Tax Dollars at Work

As you consider the future of book pricing, do not neglect to thank your lucky stars for your local library.

Come on down and check out a book (if you don't have a card yet, did you know you can apply for one online?).

Or attend one of our upcoming events.