Words That Burn

Words That Burn2014 is the centennial of Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford’s birth, and libraries across Oregon will be celebrating Stafford and his work throughout the year. West Slope Library has partnered with Garden Home Community Library to bring you a unique multicultural evening of poetry, history, and theatre.

Join us on Monday, April 28 at 6:00pm at Garden Home Recreation Center for readings from the upcoming play Words the Burn and a discussion of Stafford’s and other’s experiences of life during wartime.

To learn more about Oregon Reads 2014 events in Washington County, visit WCCLS.org.

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Storytelling: World of Tricksters

Habiba Addo - StorytellerHabiba Addo, a native of Ghana, West Africa, offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movements. Her stories encourage audiences to explore their own world as well as those far, far away.

On Monday, April 7 at 6:30pm, follow Habiba into the World of Tricksters as she shares trickster tales from Africa that both entertain and teach. The event will be hosted in the Raleigh Park Elementary auditorium/cafeteria (behind the library).

No registration is required, the event is free, and all ages are welcome.

This storytelling event is part of the annual Art of the Story storytelling festival taking place at libraries and other venues throughout Washington County in April. For further dates, times, and locations, see the online schedule.

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These Women Love Their Library

For Eleanore Rubinstein (a youthful 100 years old), her daughters Deanne Rubinstein and Diane Koopman, and her granddaughter Teri Dehaan, the library is a family affair. All four dynamic women have been coming through the doors of West Slope Community Library for decades, sometimes with kids and grandkids in tow, sometimes on a quiet solo visit, and always uplifting the mood of staff, volunteers, and other patrons. On the rare visit that includes all four women and one of Eleanore’s great-great-grandchildren, a full five generations are represented!

From left: Deanne Rubinstein, Eleanore Rubinstein, Diane Koopman, Teri Dehaan
From left: Deanne Rubinstein, Eleanore Rubinstein, Diane Koopman, Teri Dehaan

Among the library’s most loyal patrons, they have attended programs and story times for years and have checked out thousands of books. As strong library advocates and supporters of the Friends of West Slope Library, Eleanore, Deanne, Diane, and Teri love to introduce friends and neighbors to “their” library.

Eleanore’s number one lesson for those wanting to live a long, healthy life is “Be active.” She and the women in her family live this out by staying involved in their communities and by reading a lot, so the library, of course, is built into their daily activities. That’s a lifestyle to which we can all aspire.

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