Cool Stuff is Happening at the Library!

I say cool stuff is happening at the library, but in the time of Covid it is happening via zoom and on line. I really have to give a round of applause to the staff at the library because they have come up with some awesome options to keep readers engaged. At a time when we are spending more time at home, and really needing options to keep us busy, these programs are pretty terrific.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Watch videos of members of the community reading children’s books in different languages. Get recommendations for books to read that will educate about different cultures. This program honors the similarities and differences that make our community shine. For more information visit

A Bookish Affair

This is a book group that is devoted to romance novels. They read one book per month. To get involved you can email Shannon Dickinson at You can also download the podcast at “A Bookish Affair” from all of the usual places that podcasts are found.

Cook The Books Book Group

This book group is all about food! It meets via zoom on Tuesdays at 4pm. Each week features a new theme. Folks get together to share recipes and talk about food. It’s pretty much a big recipe exchange. You can register at where you’ll get a meeting link and a password.

LOPL Trivia

Join librarians for a family-friendly virtual game of trivia. Thursdays at 7pm. This sounds like a lot of fun! Registration is required. Go to

Personalized Reading Recommendations

Fill out a reading profile and librarians will use your answers to create a customized reading list just for you. For adults, go to For kids, go to All books are loaned via curbside pickup and are quarantined before being loaned out again.

Lake Oswego Reads

Our library is just such a tremendous resource to our city! With all of this going on, I want to end this post by pointing out the Lake Oswego Reads is happenning right now. Citywide, the community is reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. There are many events associated with LO Reads. Find details at

Happy Reading!

Celebrating Trees in Lake Oswego

asterIt was a year or so ago, I think, that I wrote a piece on Lake Oswego and its love affair with trees.  I included all manner of information on laws in Lake Oswego limiting tree removal etc.  This love of trees is a large part of what makes Lake Oswego so beautiful, and so, like the rain, we take the good with the bad and appreciate the end results of being showered with tree legislation.

Did you know that Oregon is the only state to reserve the entire first week of April as Arbor Week?

Here are some events this week and next giving all of us tree-hugging Lake Oswegans (and others who would like to join in) opportunities to celebrate… what else… trees!

plum2Stewardship Event

Saturday, April 4th  –  10:00AM – 1:00PM

Location: George Rogers Park

This is an opportunity to learn more about Lake Oswego’s natural restoration efforts as well as participate in them! You’ll learn proper techniques, and tools & snacks are provided. Plant over 500 native plants while removing invasive species, making way for future plantings and for natives to re-establish themselves. 

Heritage Tree Ceremony

Monday, April 6th – 3:00PM

Location: Lang Farm, 195 South Rosemont Road

Celebrate the city’s newest Heritage Trees.  There will be a ceremony featuring a giant sequoia and a ponderosa pine that have been standing tall over the rolling & changing landscape for many decades. If these trees could only talk!

plumArbor Art Show Opening

Thursday, April 9th – 6:30 – 8:30PM

Location: Lake Oswego Public Library

Enjoy local the work of talented local artists displaying their tree-themed art!

Great Oregon Tree Plant and “Tree City USA” Ceremony

Friday, April 10th – 4:00PM

Location: Stevens Meadows

Witness the planting of a ceremonial Oregon white oak, brought to you by the City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Grove Garden Club as part of the larger statewide effort aiming to inspire 150 tree-planting events in celebration of Oregon’s 150th birthday.  There will be a presentation of Lake Oswego’s Tree City USA award from the Oregon Department of Forestry.

For more information, you may call Lori Summers, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, at 503 675 2543.