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The INDEPENDENT, August 5, 2010
Between the Bookends
By Susan Cackler, Library Assistant
Banks Public Library
Enjoying the summer heat? If not, come
to the library and enjoy our cool air. Bring
your wireless devices and use our wi-fi, or
just pick out some books or movies for
Summer reading is drawing to a close.
We’ve had some really fun performances
and now it’s time to finish up those last few
books, turn in your reading record and se-
lect your award book. If you meet your goal
by August 11, you are eligible for Library Day at Oaks Park, which
entitles kids to a $4 deluxe ride bracelet on Wednesday, August
11 from noon to 8:00 p.m. Turn in your record and pick up your
coupon so you can have a fun day at Oaks Park. Readers have
until the end of August to meet their goals and turn in their record.
The Friends of the Banks Public Library will be selling 50/50
raffle tickets during the races at Sunset Speedway on Saturday,
August 28. Come out and enjoy the races and support the library.
Join us for craft night Wednesday, August 11 from 6:00 to 9:00
p.m. in the community room. Enjoy some lively conversation
while you work on your favorite craft. Come and meet some new
friends or visit with old ones while using the library’s work space
and enjoying some light snacks. You may find knitters, scrapbook-
ers, quilters and maybe even a tatter or two.
There is no story time during August. Enjoy the sunshine! Sto-
ry time will return in September.
The Friends of the Banks Public Library can always use your
support. You can make a tax deductible donation, become a mem-
ber, or volunteer. Money that the Friends raise helps the library
purchase Cultural Passes, upgrade equipment and purchase
books and movies. Also, we take donations of books that are in
good condition.
On the shelf
For a change this month, I decided to let my co-workers have
a say in the column. I asked them to share their favorite summer
reads. Everyone has a different idea of what they consider the
best way to spend a lazy hot day. Here’s what they had to say:
Sharon Rub: My favorite summer read is Divine Secrets of the
Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells. I like it because the South-
ern mom, Vivi, and her group of friends do such crazy things. The
book is both funny and poignant as it tells the story of the women’s
friendship and the relationship between Vivi and her daughter,
Angie Spiering: I am recom-
mending Hunger Games by
Just the finest in Suzanne Collins, the first book
of a trilogy and winner of the
collision repair
Young Readers Choice Award
2011. Katniss is a 16-year-old
girl living with her mother and
younger sister in the poorest
district of Panem, the remains
of what used be the United
States. Long ago the districts
waged war on the Capitol and
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were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district
agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual tele-
vised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and
level of audience participation may change, but one thing is con-
stant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat
steps up to go in her place. I really enjoyed this book; it is fresh
and new. The characters come to life and pull you into the story. I
am looking forward to reading the third book, Mockingjay, which
will be released this month.
Dana Gale: I recently read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s a
young adult novel and I really enjoyed it. It is a rather haunting
teenage love story. It’s also a story about werewolves, but done in
an entirely different way from the current “style” of the genre.
Grace sits in her yard and watches the woods, and sees one
wolf with yellow eyes always watching her. She’d been attacked
by wolves when she was young, and is pretty sure “her” wolf
saved her. Sam watches over her from the woods, protecting her
as best he can. When it’s cold, he is a wolf, but as it warms in
spring and summer, he becomes human again. The story is told
in a first person narrative from both Grace’s and Sam’s perspec-
Denise Holmes: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. Craig John-
son has created a great character in Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Ab-
saroka County Wyoming. A widower, Walt lives a life consumed
by his job. His longtime friend and side-kick, Henry Standing Bear,
who owns a local bar-restaurant in town, does his best to keep
Walt in food, beer and good humor. In this story, the first of the se-
ries, Walt is called upon to solve a murder that is possibly tied to
a brutal incident involving a young Native American girl from the
“Rez”. As he delves deeper into the evidence, it becomes appar-
ent that the other young men that were involved in the incident are
in danger as well. While the language is sometimes a little strong,
Johnson’s descriptions of the Wyoming backcountry, and the de-
velopment of the storyline and characters make this a great page-
turner. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Susan Cackler: My favorite thing to read in the summer is
something fun that I’ve read before. Sometimes that means read-
ing the Harry Potter series again. But I also love to read and re-
read the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. The first one,
Wee Free Men, tells about Tiffany’s encounters with the Nac Mac
Feegles and beating the Queen of Fairies with just a frying pan.
These books are entertaining; my whole family has enjoyed the
audio recordings, but they also tell the story of a strong, compe-
tent young woman and the value of hard work.
Banks Public Library: 111 Market Street.
Hours: Mon., Fri., Sat., 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.
Phone: (503 ) 324-1382 for information
Browse library resources, reserve or renew
materials online. Call for information.
Murphy’s free Finishing Clinic
Spots are still available for
Murphy’s End of the Summer
Finishing Clinic on Saturday,
August 23, from 10:00 a.m. to
noon. Furniture Rescue Artist
Victoria Johnson, owner opera-
tor of Simply Modern in Forest
Grove, will be a special guest.
Victoria specializes in finding
new residences for Mid-Centu-
ry Modern Furniture with lots of
“character”. She has graciously
agreed to bring examples of
her rejuvenated pieces, many
pulled from certain demise.
These furniture refugees epito-
mize the Irish tradition of incor-
porating the bones of the past
into present day function with
the flourish of folk art fun and
Timing is perfect for the clin-
ic, with customers looking to
get children’s rooms organized
for another positive academic
school year of inspired learn-
ing. Also demonstrated will be
restoration techniques that will
breath new life into worn
pieces customers already own,
just in time for fall entertaining.
Expert advice on common
stripping and staining ques-
tions also will be covered.
If you have a project you
want advice on, bring a piece
of it with you. Contact Murphy’s
Furniture at 503-640-1124 or
by E-mail: info@murphysfurni-
ture .net to reserve your spot,
or stop by at 2962 Baseline
(T.V Highway) in Cornelius.
Bike ride will go
through Banks
Beaverton, Banks, and Be-
yond, an August 28, 50K and
100K bike ride, will be hosted
by NW Bicycle Safety Council
(NWBSC), a nonprofit organi-
zation dedicated to ensuring
safety for bicycle riders and
others who share the road.
NWBSC will partner with the
City of Beaverton, City of
Banks, City of North Plains and
Stub Stewart State Park for the
event. The bike ride will take
place Saturday, August 28,
starting at at Papa’s Pizza Par-
lor, 15700 NW Blueridge Drive,
The course consists of a 64-
mile loop from the start point at
Papa’s Pizza Parlor to Stub
Stewart State Park and back.
Riders explore farmlands,
while winding through country
roads and the Banks-Vernonia
State Trail. Two rest stops will
provide riders with fresh fruit,
snacks and water; lunch will be
provided at the end of the ride.
The event strives to raise
awareness of bicycle safety,
bring the community together
and raise funds for NWBSC.
Event registration is online at
g or on-site at the day of the
event. Cost is $30 online and
$40 on the day of the event.
For more information, con-
tact Rachel Coussens at 503-
704-2230 or by e-mail at rc
NW Bicycle Safety Council
strives to educate and promote
safety and harmony between
cyclists and others who share
the road, as well as strengthen
community and family ties
through cycling-related pro-
grams and events. It does this
through its television show Cy-
cology Today, ongoing bicycle
safety programs for adults and
children, and a bicycle riding
program for senior citizens