Friends Grants. The Friends of the Library have awarded a new round of grants that
total $26,571.00. Their generosity is highly appreciated. The nine grants received are asfollows:
• Encyclopedia Judaica ($2,198) – A newly- revised 22-volume reference set thatprovides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge,oriented towards scholars, students, and general readers.
• Benezit Dictionary of Artists ($1,498) – A 14-volume work, considered to be anessential resource, featuring biographical listings of artists from all countries andtime periods.
• High Demand Materials ($6,500) – Funding to enhance and expand popularcollections, such as current fiction and nonfiction best sellers, so that patrons willhave quicker access to exciting new titles.
• DVD’s for Youth Services ($4,000) – Funding to expand the highly circulatingcollection of educational DVD’s for children, such as the Reading Rainbow PBS television series and other titles.
• Special Programs for Youth ($4,500) – Includes special guest programs and
performances oriented to children and teens, such as puppet shows, author talks,
and sign language series for babies.
• Cultural Pass Program ($375) – Free passes to six metro-area museums, gardens,
and attractions, which are available for the public to check out from the Library.
• Books for Babies ($2,500) – A gift of baby books and an adult book, for families
with new babies, to foster a love of books and reading and educate parents about
the important role they play.
• Holiday Program ($1,000) – A Poinsettia Day program to take place in December,
including music, refreshments, and a lecture on winter gardening.
• Lake Oswego Reads Author Visit. Funding for a program presented by Shadow of
the Wind author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, to take place as part of the upcoming Lake
Oswego Reads month-long celebration.
Author Talk. September’s Third Tuesday author talk featured Portland author Karen
Karbo. The author of three novels and a memoir, all of Karbo’s titles were named New
York Times Notable Books. Karbo writes about relationships with a tone of compassion,
balanced with intense humor. The Stuff of Life describes caring for her father during the
last year of his life. The book was a People Magazine Critic’s Choice, a selection of the
Satellite Sisters Radio Book Club, and the winner of the Oregon Book Award for
Creative Nonfiction. A past winner of the General Electric Young Writer Award, Karbo
is also the recipient of an NEA grant. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared
in Outside, Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Redbook, More, Self, Sports Illustrated for Women, the New Republic, the Oregonian, and the New York Times. Her most recent work, Minerva Clark Gets a Clue, is the first in a trilogy of mysteries for young readers. The second in title in the series, Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs, will be released in September 2006. Karbo’s program, and all of the Third Tuesday author talks, are made possible by the Friends of the Library.
Library Orientation Sessions. Reference Librarians Jane Carr and Todd Feinman have
kicked off a series of bi-weekly Library orientation sessions. These programs may
interest anyone from new Library cardholders to established patrons who have
questions about Library services. Classes have a maximum of 15 spots and are offered
twice each month. The sessions, which can accommodate 15 participants, take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. For further information or to sign up, patrons may call the Library’s Reference Department at (503) 675-2540.
Fall Children’s Series in Full Swing. Three special series for children have kicked off for
the fall. All of the following programs were made possible by the Friends of the
Back by popular demand, another six-week Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes series is
being offered for children in grades one through five. Drawing is a learnable skill for all
children that gives them a tool to express their creativity. Young Rembrandts classes
teach children how to draw using an innovative step-by-step drawing method. The
sessions help to develop concentration, fine motor skills, writing readiness, visual
discrimination, and spatial organization in a fun environment. The teacher, Meredith
Dunn, is an art therapist with a private practice in child and family therapy in Lake
Oswego. Dunn states that “The kids really are proud of their artistic skill and the
colorful drawings they produce. They finish with wonderful pieces that display their
growing skills and confidence. Even adults are impressed with the sophistication of the
Families with babies from birth through two years old were invited to attend five Sing
and Sign Musical Playtime workshops that incorporate American Sign Language into
theme-oriented play activities. Even before babies are able to speak, they can
communicate their wants and needs to their caregivers through sign language.
Participants sing songs, learn and review favorite signs, and play games that help
children learn new signs. The series is geared for families who have done some signing,
but it’s also a great chance for beginning signers to get their feet wet. Sessions are
facilitated by Dawn Prochovnic, M.A., the founder of SmallTalk Learning. To learn
more about the instructor or about infant/toddler sign language, visit
The fall series of Children’s Chess classes, conducted by Chess Coach Frederick Balwit,
include lessons, practice, and individual coaching. Balwit currently works as a chess
instructor at both Mt. Tabor and Glencoe Elementary Schools. He’s also coached at the
university level in Queretero, Mexico. Balwit earned a Masters Degree in history at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. He converses in several foreign languages, he’s
taught history and English as a second language, and he plays several musical
instruments. While his interests and talents are wide-ranging, he claims that chess is his first love.
Teen Program. On Monday afternoon, teens in grades 7-12 attended a “Manga Arts
Gathering.” Manga art enthusiasts share their art work, techniques, and ideas with
fellow manga artists. This gathering offered students the chance to meet and work with
other talented artists with similar interests. Participants were encouraged to bring in
their finished pieces as well as works in progress. Manga drawing books, paper, and
pencils were provided. Snacks were made possible by the Lake Oswego Junior
Graphic Design. Visual communication skills are valuable in the world of business.
Successful graphic design expresses a message or mood to the target audience, and can even help to define the “identity” of a company. The following new books about
graphic design can be found at the Library:
• The Big Book of Illustration Ideas
• The Big Book of Logos 4
• Building Design Portfolios: Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work
• The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic
Design or Communications Business
• Envisioning Information
• Graphic Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo, Magazine, Brochure,
Promotion, and Identity Design
• Graphic Workshop, Innovative Promotions That Work: A Quick Guide to the Essentials
of Effective Design
• Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Logos
• Logolounge: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers
• Robin Williams Design Workshop
• Sign Graphics
• Type: The Secret History of Letters
• Visual Grammar
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