Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.
Free copies of the book will be available at the official kickoffs of Hood River County Reads: Sunday, March 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hood River Library, and Tuesday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Cascade Locks and Parkdale libraries.
The author will be giving a public reading at Hood River Library on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
This project is sponsored by the Friends of the Hood River County Library.
Ricochet River, set in the fictional Oregon logging town of Calamus in the 1960s, follows three friends: Wade, the local sports hero; Lorna, a bright, independent young woman; and Jesse, the new Indian boy in town. These three teens bond over sports, fishing and their pasts and plans as they try desperately to go beyond their small-town lives.
Read the book and then come meet the author at his presentation April 14. Cody lives in Portland and is also author of “Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest” and “Voyage of a Summer Sun.”
The alternate selection this year is “Something to Hold,” by Katherine Schlick Noe. Noe’s novel is based on her own childhood experiences. It centers on the young woman Kitty as she grows up as one of the only white girls on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.
Noe is professor of education and director of literacy in the College of Education at Seattle University.
Both books are available for checkout at the Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale libraries.
The goal of Hood River County Reads is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. Hood River County Reads titles represent the diversity of the Hood River County community and can be shared widely throughout the area.
Previous books included “Bat 6,” by Virginia Euwer Wolff; “River Song,” by Craig Lesley; “Stubborn Twig,” by Lauren Kessler; “Hearts of Horses,” by Molly Gloss; and “The Circuit,” by Francisco Jiménez.
Hood River County Reads is sponsored and supported by the Friends of the Hood River County Library, with additional support from the Hood River County Education Foundation, Hood River County Library Foundation, Starseed Foundation, and generous individuals.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge