Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2/14: Oregon's Birthday Party at Shute Park

image, the new Oregon U.S. StampHappy 150th Birthday, Oregon!

Celebrate Oregon’s 150th year of statehood at the Shute Park Library on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, from 2–3 p.m.

In honor of the state’s sesquicentennial (150th), the library is having an Oregon-themed birthday party. Learn the words to our state song, “Oregon, My Oregon,” make a valentine for your beloved state, take an Oregon trivia quiz, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake provided by Alchemy Bakery on Main.

Venis Taherizadegan, chef and owner of Alchemy on Main, says, “This cake is for my community.” The cake she is creating is a masterpiece in the shape of Oregon, with topographical frosting, landmarks like Haystack Rock and Mt. Hood, and key Oregon resources such as grapes for the Willamette Valley.

At the birthday celebration, people will also learn about other Oregon 150th programs such as Oregon Reads 2009. Readers of all ages are invited to participate in this statewide community reading program that will run through April. The goal is to get as many Oregonians as possible reading and discussing the same book.

Three books written by Oregon authors have been chosen, Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler for adults, and for younger readers Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff and Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson. Each title tells a uniquely Oregon story. Special Oregon Reads events will be happening at the Hillsboro Library and at libraries all over Oregon including author visits, discussion groups and cultural events.

Locally, community members are invited to “Share Your Oregon Story” by writing, in 500 words or less, how they became an Oregonian, and what drew them to and what they love about the state. Pick up a submission form with the story guidelines at the library, or download it at Stories will be grouped by age: 8–10, 11–13, 14–17 and 18+/adults and will become part of the library’s local history collection. The collected stories will be on display for the public to read at the library before it is catalogued and shelved.

The Shute Park Branch Library is located at 775 SE Tenth Avenue in Hillsboro. For more information, stop by the library in person, call (503) 615–6500, or visit