LIBRARY NOTES: A very merry month of May at library

It’s going to be a merry month of May at your local library, with two fun-filled fundraising events coming up.

First will be the Friends of the Library Book Sale beginning May 3, where you can load up on your reading for the next year at bargain basement prices. I’m told that donations to the book sale have been extraordinary; almost overwhelming, in fact.

There will be thousands of books available — mass-market paperbacks, hardback best-sellers, children’s books, reference and science books, books on every kind of hobby and personal interest, collections, coffee-table books — whatever you might want.

Prices are 50 cents for the paperbacks and $1 for most of the rest, with a few collections and coffee table books specially priced.

The sale opens with a members-only evening, Thursday, May 3, 4:30-7 p.m. (you can become a member at the door for a donation of $10 or more), then continues for the public on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is the ultimate special price: $1 for a shopping bag of books.

See you in the Gaulke Meeting Room downstairs at the Hood River Library for the book sale!

And THEN, on Saturday, May 12, having satisfied your appetite for books, you can indulge in some wonderful food at the Feast of Words, sponsored by members of the Hood River County Library Foundation, who invite you for an evening of splendid desserts, wine and music at the library.

Among the activities will be both a silent auction and a live auction with local auctioneer David Griffiths. You will be able to bid on an wide assortment of auction items, including an overnight stay for your private group at Cloud Cap Inn, a home pizza party for 25 with Solstice’s traveling oven, a weekend stay at Mt. Hood Hamlet Bed & Breakfast, a Brewery Tour Extravaganza including private tours and tastings at local breweries.

In addition, there will be special fun activities for kids in the children’s library, live music from Ben Bonham & Friends, great wine and beer from local merchants and, of course, an array of amazing desserts!

The hours are 6-9 p.m. and the cost is $25 per person, with children under 13 free.

For advance tickets, visit any library branch, Waucoma Bookstore or Volcanic Bottle Shop, or contact Jen Bayer at

April Wish List

The Friends of the Library are hoping community members will contribute by purchasing one or more books from this list for the library collection (available for purchase at Waucoma Bookstore and the Book Stop):


“Better than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional,” by Dr. Dale Archer

“Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients,” by Molly Moon

“The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human,” by Jonathan Gottschall

“Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection,” by A. J. Jacobs

“Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater horizon Disaster,” by Abrahm Lustgarten

“The Social Conquest of Earth,” by Edward Wilson


“The Mercury Fountain,” by Eliza Factor

“The Underside of Joy,” by Sere Prince Halverson

“City of Bohane,” by Kevin Barry

“The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith

“Lost Saints of Tennessee,” by Amy Franklin-Willis

“Dogma,” by Lars Iyer


“Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” by Deborah Hopkinson

“Kindred Souls,” by Patricia MacLachlan

“Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories,” by Jeff Mack

“Bigfoot and Adaptation,” by Terry Collins

“Missing! A Cat Called Buster,” by Wendy Orr

“Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard,” by Loree Griffin Burns


“Close to Famous,” by Joan Bauer

“Enclave,” by Ann Aquirre

“Exposed,” by Kimberly Marcus

“The Apothecary,” by Maile Meloy

“Beginning of After,” by Jennifer Castle

“Hush,” by Eishes Chayil

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