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January 2021 LibraryExplore Engage Enrich January 2021 LO Reads Kick Off & Book GiveawayThursday, January 7 - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate the 15th annual Lake Oswego Reads! Bring your Lake Oswego Library card to receive a free copy of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. While upholding COVID-19 precautions, 800 free books will be distributed to Lake Oswego Public Library card holders, thanks to ongoing support of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. The Lake Oswego Public Library has selected Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson as the 2021 book for its award-winning citywide reading program. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a recent New York Times top ten best seller, is an extraordinary book that compares caste systems throughout our global history. It outlines how caste systems have helped perpetuate social customs and legislation that subvert the quest for equality in society. Wilkerson details the manner in which all caste systems “relied on stigmatizing those deemed inferior to justify the dehumanization necessary to keep the lowest-ranked people at the bottom and to rationalize the protocols of enforcements.” Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents was selected by the Steering Committee for Lake Oswego Reads, consisting of librarians, community leaders, retired professors, high school English teachers and students. Many books were suggested by community members and Caste was suggested by many. For a list of the 42 books the committee read and considered this year, go to www.lakeoswego.city/loreads/books-considered-2021. Literature allows readers to experience different points of view, and often challenges us to expand our thinking and understanding of the world. Books engage us to think critically about themes, theories, and differing opinions. Most importantly, literature inspires us to discuss and explore. The goal of Lake Oswego Reads is to foster a sense of community and discussion through community reading. The Lake Oswego Reads Events Committee is currently developing February’s schedule of free, virtual programs that includes speakers, online displays, art and more. Additionally, thanks to the Friends of Lake Oswego Library, Wilkerson has been invited to speak virtually in 2021. More details to come. Background The Lake Oswego Public Library has been recognized by national organizations, such as U.S. Conference of Mayors, for this immersive program that encourages all members of the community to read the same book, discuss its message, and celebrate an atmosphere of learning amongst all age groups. This will be the program’s 15th year and all events will be free thanks to financial support from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego Rotary Club, and the Lake Oswego Review. For more information about Lake Oswego Public Library or Lake Oswego Reads, visit the City’s website at www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads. For questions, please contact Nancy Niland at 503-675-2538 or nniland@lakeoswego.city. LO Reads selects Caste by Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson Continued on page 2 “The Lake Oswego Reads steering committee voted unanimously to select Wilkerson’s Caste, with mutual sentiment that if our community was to read just one book this year, this engrossing examination of caste in America, Germany, and India holds particular interest and significance. Wilkerson deftly demonstrates the detriment of caste systems on human history and human consciousness, and illuminates how societies can disassemble the caste structures they previously created.” ~ Director of the Lake Oswego Public Library Melissa Kelly “To quote Ms. Wilkerson, in reading and digesting Caste, “[We must] look beneath what we thought we knew.” Purely, reading Caste is to dive into a polarizing and profound pool of analysis that will forever change you. Her book is especially poignant for our community because it examines race, class, and caste in a way that we have never seen before, and all without ever using the word “racist.” No matter what lawn sign you have posted or what flag you fly, everyone needs to read this book.” ~ LO Reads Steering Committee member and Lake Oswego High School senior Cameron Iizuka Your Community Resource for Information and Enrichment Lake Oswego Public Library 706 Fourth Street Lake Oswego OR 97034 Main Number: 503-636-7628 www.LakeOswegoLibrary.org Library Services Available by Phone: Mon-Thu .........10:00am - 5:00pm Fri-Sat ...........10:00am - 5:00pm Sun ................ 1:00pm - 5:00pm Homebound Delivery ServiceCan’t come to the library? Let the library come to you! The Lake Oswego Public Library offers a delivery program for Lake Oswego residents who are homebound due to conditions such as age, illness, or physical disability. We will deliver books or audio books right to your door. This can be on a temporary or permanent basis. You may choose your own titles or let a librarian select for you, according to your preferences. For more information, please contact Nancy Niland (503) 675-2538 or nniland@lakeoswego.city. Outdoor Holds Pickup ContinuesBringing 1,000s of Materials to the Community Daily Following the guidance of public health officials, Lake Oswego Public Library continues to offer appointments for outdoor holds pickup 7 days a week. Visit our website at www.lopl.org/borrowing-renewing-materials to learn more or make an appointment to pick up your holds 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Masks and physical distancing are required for outdoor holds pickup. Accommodation can be requested for community members who are unable to wear a mask. Answers to all of your LO Reads Frequently Asked Questions! What is the purpose of the Lake Oswego Reads program? Lake Oswego Reads provides an enjoyable common reading experience for the entire Lake Oswego community, while promoting the Lake Oswego Public Library as an educational and cultural hub for the community. This program is designed to bring the community together by inviting participants to read a book and enjoy a series of events which expand on the book's cultural, social, and political themes. Who selects the book? A 15-member Steering Committee for Lake Oswego Reads, consisting of librarians, community leaders, retired professors, high school English teachers, and high school students. Read more at www.lakeoswego.city/loreads/steering-committee. The book is selected from suggestions from the public and the committee. In selecting Caste for 2021, the committee read and reviewed more than 40 highly rated and recommended titles to select one of exceptional writing quality that would create discussion within the Lake Oswego community and lead an array of complimentary events. What are the guidelines for book selection for Lake Oswego Reads? The selected book must: • Be for high school aged readers and older.• Appeal to a wide range of readers. • Strengthen civic pride, foster discussion among residents, and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.• Offer opportunities for additional citywide special events. • Be affordable and available in multiple formats.• Author and/or authority available to speak. What if I don’t agree with the author’s point-of-view? The views expressed by the author are her own. Views do not reflect an official policy or position of the library, city, organizers, or sponsors. As with all literature, we invite you to engage with the materials and come to your own conclusions. Libraries are non-partisan institutions with a mission to serve everyone and provide forums for free speech. Within the Lake Oswego Public Library’s collection, the community will find materials expressing a full range of viewpoints, including opposing view-points, to explore. What if I’m more of a fiction reader? Feel free to explore the 42 books that the committee read and considered for further reading, visit: www.lakeoswego.city/loreads/books-considered-2021. LO READS FAQs Continued from page 1 Library Holiday Closures The library will be closed on the following days: • Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day • Monday, January 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 24/7 Book Returns Can’t make it to the library? Return your library materials to any of our convenient book returns around Lake Oswego: • West Waluga Park - 15775 Waluga Drive (near parking lot) • Mountain Park - Jefferson Parkway (across from 1 Jefferson Pkwy apartments, adjacent to Mountain Park Recreation Center) • Luscher Farm - 17800 Stafford Road (turnoff near the gravel parking area on Stafford) • Yakima Building - 4101 Kruse Way (East side of building off Daniel Way)• Library Parking Lot - 706 Fourth St (drive-thru return on North side of building and walk-up returns) “These may be uncertain and unprecedented times, but one thing that remains consistent is that the Lake Oswego Reads programs continue to be provocative, enlightening, and entertaining. The methods and platforms for our annual community conversation around a book may be different, but fortunately the quality of the events and opportunity for engagement remain consistently high, and never less so than with the selection of Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste. Anyone familiar with her previous book, The Warmth of Other Suns, knew that her work would be well researched and comprehensive, and Caste was highly anticipated. Thankfully, the buzz was well-deserved and it is a real coup that we will have the opportunity to have the author engage with our community. The book should provide an excellent catalyst for important conversations around an issue that could not be more relevant. I’m thrilled with the selection for Lake Oswego Reads, 2021.” ~ Retired Lake Oswego Library Director Bill Baars