April 15, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 8) Happenings

Emporia Alumi Reception at the OLA Conference

Alumni, students, and friends of Emporia State University?s School of Library & Information Management are invited to a reception during the OLA Conference. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 17th, from 5:30 ? 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Grand Hotel/Salem Conference Center.  The event will be held in “The Boardroom”, which is just off the reception desk in the hotel and right by the entrance into the conference center. Questions? Contact Perri Parise – pparise@emporia.edu or 503-223-8280.

Oregon Reads 2014 News

Picture4The Oregon Library Association Oregon Reads 2014 Steering Committee, in partnership with the Oregon State Library, is pleased to donate sets of seventeen copies of William Stafford’s The Osage Orange Tree to eight Oregon school libraries. The short story was recently published as a hardback book with illustrations by Portland artist Dennis Cunningham and is one of six featured titles in Oregon Reads 2014. Applicants planned collaborations with teachers that will support a variety of outstanding lessons and activities. Congratulations to the following recipients:


Library Staff School District City
Nancy Sullivan Madison High School Portland Public Schools Portland
Jim Tindall The Dalles High School North Wasco County School District The Dalles
Peggy Christensen Marshfield High School Coos Bay School District Coos Bay
Erin McCaslin Kooyman Ashbrook Independent School n/a Corvallis
Leslie Hatcher Brown Middle School Hillsboro School District Hillsboro
Holly Gardner Wilsonville High School West Linn-Wilsonville School District Wilsonville
Arla Melzer Sherman County Jr.-Sr. High School Sherman County School District Moro
Ayn Frazee Rosemont Ridge Middle School West Linn-Wilsonville School District West Linn

More about Oregon Reads 2014:

Oregon Reads 2014 is a yearlong reading engagement program commemorating the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. Six books by or about Stafford are featured, including a recently-published picture book based on a Big Foot poem, for elementary level, and a short story about young love, for middle school and up. Many libraries have events planned, and students and staff in your library and school are encouraged to participate. Check out these resources for ideas.

More about The Osage Orange Tree:

Picture2William Stafford won the general public poetry and prose divisions of a literary contest celebrating Oregon’s centennial in 1959. The prose entry was the short story, “The Osage Orange Tree.” For the centennial celebration of Stafford’s birth, the story was published as a hardback book with linocut illustrations by Portland artist Dennis Cunningham. This is from the description on Amazon:

“…is about young love complicated by misunderstanding and the insecurity of adolescence, set against the backdrop of poverty brought on by the Great Depression. The narrator recalls a girl he once knew. He and Evangeline, both shy, never find the courage to speak to each other in high school. Every evening, however, Evangeline meets him at the Osage orange tree on the edge of her property. He delivers a newspaper to her, and they talk—and as the year progresses a secret friendship blossoms…”

Liberty Through Literacy

Future librarians are hard at work!

The Oregon Student Chapter of the American Library Association recently learned about a need for books at the Marion County Correctional Facility and the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. Since then they have been hard at work organizing an effort to supplement those collections. These young professionals are making a difference in our communities. Let’s give them a hand! Learn more about their efforts or get in touch with them on their website.